What's at stake?

Patti Strand, Founder and Chairman, National Animal Interest Alliance

Americans give little thought to what’s behind the animal rights movement … but they should. If the movement has its way, Americans stand to lose many of their cherished freedoms, along with their favorite pet, their choice of food and their ability to benefit from medical progress. Some people write off animal rights activists as loons who can have no effect on the real world or mistakenly conclude that animal rights proponents want the same things they do, better treatment for animals. Such notions are dangerous not only because they are incorrect, but because they promote a passive response to a lethal threat. Protecting animals is not really what the animal rights movement is about; it's about acquiring money, and political control and power over every aspect of society and the private lives of individuals. It is unique in the history of America.

The leaders of the animal rights movement are abolitionists. They oppose the use of animals for any purpose, for food, clothing, medical research, entertainment and even for companionship. They want to eliminate eggs, turkey, hot dogs, ice cream and fish from our diet. They’re opposed to hunting and fishing and want people to stop wearing leather belts, wool socks and silk blouses. They’re against zoos, circuses and even the keeping of pets.

They believe that animals are equal to people in most important ways. Peter Singer, the Marxist who is credited as founding the animal rights movement asks his followers “… to recognize that your attitudes to members of other species are a form of prejudice no less objectionable than prejudice about a person’s race or sex.” Ingrid Newkirk, another movement leader, asserts: “A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.”  It’s an entirely new value system and if they can’t persuade the public to accept it, they’ll use whatever means necessary to achieve their goal.

The movement includes a criminal underground element as well as above ground nonprofit groups, and so the movement has an unusual array of tactics and public spokespeople at its disposal. Tactics range from terrorism to intimidation, violent protest; break ins, vandalism, theft, lawsuits, legislative campaigns and world-class propaganda. Spokespeople range from members of known terror groups such as the Animal Liberation Front, to chest-thumping vegan vigilantes like Ingrid Newkirk of PETA, and Wayne Pacelle, the smooth vegan front man of the Humane Society of the United States, the group that serves as the mainstream legitimizer for the entire movement.

Worldwide, animal rights radicals are working around the clock to impose their value system on the rest of us. If they succeed, many of the animals we enjoy and depend upon today will disappear from the United States, as their owners are regulated out of existence and food and pet production, like manufacturing and energy production are outsourced to other countries.

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