Human Exceptionalism

Nothing Justifies This Kind of Animal Rights Extremism

This is a story too infrequently told: Of people cruelly victimized by the terrorists of Stop Hungingdon Animal Cruelty and other such radical extreme animal rights/liberationist terrorists. And if you don’t think that terrorists is precisely the right word, read the following quote (and then the whole story linked above):

“One woman said she received an e-mail threatening to cut her 7-year-old son open and stuff him with poison. A man said he was showered with glass as people smashed all the windows of his home and overturned his wife’s car.

Many others said they were besieged by screaming protesters outside their homes at all hours, deluged by threatening phone calls, and sent pornographic magazines they had not ordered.

The trauma that employees of Huntingdon Life Sciences and other companies say they experienced at the hands of radical animal rights advocates is on display during the federal court trial of a Philadelphia-based group and six of its members on domestic terrorism charges.”

These criminals will not listen to law enforcement, government, or me. But they might listen to the condemnation of their fellow believers who do not engage in violence. Unfortunately, PETA refuses to condemn SHAC and the ALF. Nor do most other animal rightists, whether leaders or grass roots. Which raises an important question: Is there such a thing as a “moderate” animal rights/liberationist?

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