Magazine March 8, 2010, Issue

The Cause of Humanity

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A Rat Is a Pig Is a Dog Is a Boy: The Human Cost of the Animal Rights Movement, by Wesley J. Smith (Encounter, 312 pp., $25.95)

A year or so ago, Rush Limbaugh ventured a few kind words for the Humane Society of the United States, praising the group for trying to “make life more bearable for animals” and urging conservatives to join its fight against cruelty — “a natural coming together” of causes. Immediately we heard from Wesley J. Smith, who warned in a commentary that Rush had “fallen for the deception” of animal-welfare advocacy and “its true animal rights ideological agenda.” How else to explain this service to a group that “is really against everything for which he stands”?

Like many before him who revealed

Matthew Scully is the author of Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy. A former literary editor of National Review and senior speechwriter to President George W. Bush, he lives in Paradise Valley, Ariz.

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