Another crosspost-MUST READING for all Americans
THE REAL AGENDA The Animal Rights Movement is Hurting the Animals …
by LEE WALLOT
Reprint permission from Canine Chronicle, Dec. 1992
We have all seen them. The soulful eyes of dogs & cats imploring
us from behind the wire fences. The fluffy rabbit huddled in the
corner, its eyes closed against the pain of a seeping wound on its
side. The raccoon curled in death with its paw in a trap big enough
to hold a bear. We have seen them…in the mail delivered to our door,
in the magazines we flip through, on the television we watch in our
homes. We see them & our hearts twist in sympathy. We read the
messages: “Help us save them. Stop the torture. Write letters.
Phone your officials. Send money.” The messages beseech & we
respond, prodded by equal parts of compassion & guilt. We send the
money by the millions of dollars; we make the phone calls by the
thousands, & in doing so, we, like millions of caring humans before
us, have succumbed to the seductive propaganda of the animal rights
Emotion is the sword the activists wield & it cuts keenly to the
bone. Emotion impels action without thought & it drives the
adrenaline that shuts off the process of reason. Emotion is the key
that turns on the entire mechanical monster called the animal rights
movement. And it works. The leaders of this movement have
discovered a very important marketing ploy: The more a person feels
the propaganda, the less time he spends thinking about it. To the
truly dedicated, to the thoroughly indoctrinated, there is no room
for reason. There is only room to feel & to do, mindlessly but
heartily, as told.
“What is this?” you ask. “Sounds like a cult to me.” In a way, it
is. “No…more like brainwashing,
that also. “Maybe a political movement with social overtones?”
someone else suggests. Oh, definitely that, & more. “But what IS
it?” The question hangs in the air, begging an answer.
The animal rights movement is a philosophy based on the belief that
all animals are the equal of man, that man does not have dominion
over animals, that all animals are morally equivalent to him…even
rats & toads…& therefore are due the same rights as those held by
man. But what does this mean? At first reading, such a moral belief
often doesn’t appear totally wrong; in fact it is interpreted by many
as “the way it should be,” with maybe an innocuous extension of
animal welfare thrown in for good measure. Nothing could be further
from the truth. In fact, at a recent symposium put on by National
Alliance for Animals, two prominent speakers (both leaders in the
animal rights field) characterized animal welfare as “the enemy.” To
these two men, the goals of animal “welfare” not only differ from
animal “rights,” they contradict them.
To explain a complicated philosophy in as few words as possible,
animal welfare is concerned with the humane care & use of animals by
man. The animal rights agenda has only one goal: To end forever the
ownership & use of all animals, in any way, by human beings. They
want nothing short of a moral revolution that would change our food &
clothing, our entire relationship to the animal world.
Who are these people? Where did they come from? We hear the
names: PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), Fund for
Animals, HSUS (Humane Society of the United States), PAWS
(Progressive Animal Welfare Society), Doris Day Animal League. These
are only a few of the leading organizations in the animal rights
movement today. Animal RIGHTS? It is confusing because they have
all been thought of as animal WELFARE groups by the majority of the
contributing public. Thousands of people have sent millions of
dollars to them in the belief they were supporting the compassionate
use & well being of animals. What happened? Is this a new thing?
Not really. Although the takeover of moderate humane groups by the
animal rights activists is a relatively recent occurrence in the
United States, the philosophy of animal rights has been around for a
long time. In the late 1800’s, Edward B. Nicholson concluded in this
contribution to the animal rights literature that “animals have the
same abstract rights of life & personal liberty with man.” In the
same time frame, Henry S. Salt founded the Humanitarian League &
published Animal Rights Considered in Relation to Social Progress.
His Philosophy went so far as to imply that humans & animals should &
would ultimately participate together in a common government.
But throughout the 19th & most of the 20th century, these men were
part of a small fringe of philosophers…
campfires, thinking deep thoughts that were seldom understood by most
The people…the common man & legislators alike…were bringing into
being the concept of animal welfare. Then, as now, animal welfare &
animal rights were two entirely different things. The animal welfare
movement concerned itself with improving the life of animals through
humane treatment & responsible stewardship. They felt the animals
were here for humans to use in the natural order of things: For food,
for clothing, for pets, for work, for recreation, for research, but
always our dominion over the animals was to be tempered with kindness
& consideration, for their comfort & well being. They felt man had
an obligation by virtue of this higher position on the evolutionary
scale to use that higher power for the good of all, humans & animals
This welfare movement extended for a long time & the animal welfare
organizations attained both power & money from their supportive
members. They succeeded in getting many anti-cruelty laws passed &
were instrumental in making life better for millions of animals.
They moved the care & use of animals from the dark ages of neglect
into the light of modern civilization…
most of us find ourselves today. We care about animals. We care
deeply. We do not want to see them destroyed in driftnets or
released from a cage & shot from 10 feet away by someone seeking an
easy & riskfree trophy. We care about our dogs & cats; they are as
much a part of our lives as other family members. We worked right
alongside the animal welfare societies to alleviate cruelty & teach
responsible care & use of our animals.
But in England, without our even being aware of it, something else
was happening. There was a dark thunderstorm rumbling on the horizon
as the animal rights people stirred in discontent. It isn’t welfare
we want for animals they growled. The animals are EQUAL to humans,
are equal, they intoned, we have no right to kill them to eat them or
to enslave them as research animals or imprison them in our homes as
If you wouldn’t do it to a human being, they warned, you should not
do it to an animal.
The rumblings became meaner & more threatening. The animal rights
people were moving from the solitude of their individual campfires
into small groups & the discontent that flowed between them fed on
itself until it erupted into violence. In 1962, the Hunt Saboteurs
Association was formed, followed in 1972 by the Band of Mercy, &
followed in 1976 by the Animal Liberation Front…or as we know it
today, ALF. The 80’s saw a frightening change in the expression of
the philosophy of the animal rights movement. It changed from the
persuasive words used by thinkers to the warfare used by terrorists.
Their agenda was not the humane treatment of animals. It was
exactly what the name says…Animal Liberation…the freeing of animals
of all dominion by man. Vegetarianism was…& is…the rite of passage.
Once a person could change his lifestyle not for health reasons but
because he believed it was morally wrong to eat the flesh of animals,
it is a simple step to acceptance of the total agenda that says all
use of animals, for any reason, has to end…Forever.
The animal rights movement as we know it today is not a movement
based on the love of animals. It is a moral & political issue that
reverberates with hate by its leaders for those people who do not
support the animal rights beliefs. It is a movement of fear &
intimidation, & its leaders have only one goal: to force the rest of
humanity to accept & live by the beliefs that only the animalists
deem acceptable for the rest of the world. Your ideas & opinions do
not matter to them. My beliefs & thoughts do not matter to them.
With a zealot’s fanaticism, they came to the United States & found
fertile soil for their seeds of hate.
In the early 1980’s, except for the formation of PETA that was
animal rights oriented from its inception, most of our animal welfare
societies remained committed to animal welfare. But something new
was in the wind. The polish & professionalism of big business in the
United States was being studied carefully by the animalists. They
needed money to carry on their work. Where was the money? In the
animal welfare societies, that’s where. And thus began a series of
the slickest corporate takeovers in the history of the United
States. One by one, the governing boards of the humane societies was
gradually changed, swinging away from animal welfare & swinging
toward animal rights. One by one, the bank accounts of those humane
societies were turned away from helping the animals to promoting the
money-raising campaigns of the animal rights leaders.
One such takeover is graphically detailed in an excerpt from “Who
Will Live, Who Will Die?” by Katie McCabe, The Washingtonian, Aug.
1986. It says, “along with his lobbying efforts on national issues,
McArdle (of the Humane Society of the United States…HSUS) coordinates
& guides local humane societies into taking a more aggressive animal
rights stance. On his desk during an interview is a letter from the
Peninsula Humane Society in San Mateo, CA, one of the country’s
organization in a minute).
“According to the Dec. 18, 1985 San Mateo Times, a `surprise coup’
at the Society by local activists forced the resignation of the
board’s conservative members, one of whom said, “I am resigning
because I do not agree with the philosophy of the extreme activists.”
The radicalization of local humane societies is a nationwide
phenomenon. Says PETA’s Ingrid Newkirk, “Humane societies all over
the country are adopting the animal rights philosophy (and are)
We mentioned the agenda with an ultimate goal. The animalists have
also set forth very specific sub-goals in which any success, no
matter how small, becomes another step toward the ultimate goal of
total abolution. Read the agenda printed below. It was written by
an animal rights activist & published in an animals rights magazine.
It is the world they are in the process of legislating into
existence. They have been telling us for years exactly what their
goals are, but we weren’t listening.
1. Abolish by law all animal research.
2. Outlaw the use of animals for cosmetic & product testing,
classroom demonstration & in weapons development.
3. Vegetarian meals should be made available at all public schools.
4. Eliminate all animal agriculture.
5. No herbicides, pesticides or other agricultural chemicals should
be used. Outlaw predator control.
6. Transfer enforcement of animal welfare legislation away from the
Department of Agriculture.
7. Eliminate fur ranching & end the use of furs.
8. Prohibit hunting, trapping & fishing.
9. End the international trade in wildlife goods.
10. Stop any further breeding of companion animals, including
purebred dogs & cats. Spaying & neutering should be subsidized by
state & municipal governments. Abolish commerce in animals for the
11. End the use of animals in entertainment & sports.
12. Prohibit the genetic manipulation of species.
(From “Politics of Animal Liberation” by Kim Barlett, Animals
Agenda Nov. 1987.)
These are not my words. They are the words of the animal rights
activists themselves. THIS IS THE AGENDA the activists are seeking
to legislate into our lives & yet because they are so skillful in
separating (in people’s minds) the various parts of the agenda most
of us never see the total picture. The hunters think they are the
target. The researchers think they are the target. The dog & cat
owners are new to all this & are dismayed to find that they are the
target. Even more difficult to understand is that there are one or
more items of the agenda that many of us could agree with at least in
part, & this is the key to the seductive premise of the movement.
Work for one part of the agenda, even if you don’t agree with it all,
& you nonetheless enhance the chances of success for the entire
“Whew! Heavy Stuff,” you say. “But what does it have to do with
me?” EVERYTHING! Do you enjoy a steak now & then, or a roast
chicken, or a broiled trout, or an egg, or a glass of milk, or honey
on your toast, or a bowl of Jello for dessert? The animalists would
end the use of these things. (You are not a true rights person unless
you are a strict vegetarian, or even better a vegan…according to
their creed.) Do you like wearing your plaid wool coat or leather
belts & shoes, or silk scarves? The animalists would end the use of
these things. (They say sheep are embarrassed when we shear their
wool & it is immoral to kill silkworms to get their silk cocoons.)
Do you inoculate your children with a vaccine developed through
biomedical research? Do you hope research will find a cure for
cancer & AIDS? Do you live a better life because insulin, developed
through animal research, now controls your diabetes? Are you alive
because of heart surgery that was perfected through animal research?
The animalists would end all such further research. Do you own a dog
or cat? The animalist would end such ownership because they feel we
are keeping those dogs & cats in slavery for our own selfish
purposes. Do you like to ride a horse? Do you take your children to
the circus or zoo? Do you enjoy an exciting rodeo or horse show or
horse race? Do you hunt? Do you fish? The animalists would end all
these things. In fact they are already doing it through terrorist
attacks that include firebombings & the wrecking of laboratories, &
through laws that “sound good for the animals,” but are actually
eroding away the rights of human beings. Our freedom of choice is
being legislated away. The animal rights beliefs are, step by step,
being legislated into our lives by law. “Can’t happen,” you say?
Let me tell you, it IS happening. Now. And has been happening,
little by little, for years. If you don’t believe so ask the
biomedical researchers who have been hit with so many new,
restrictive laws (introduced by activists) that continuing their
research will cost us all billions more than it should. Or ask the
McDonalds restaurant owners who were the object of terrorist threats
& harassment because they dare sell hamburgers & chicken. In one
instance the terrorists even went so far as to leave live bombs in
trash cans while the restaurants were full of customers. Or ask the
outdoorsmen who have been fighting for years to keep their right to
hunt & fish from being taken away from them. And now it’s happening
to the owners of dogs & cats who are seeing oppressive legislation
being proposed all over the country that would eliminate the
reproduction & ownership of such animals.
The attack against the ownership of pets is being hidden under the
guise of a pet overpopulation problem, under the emotional sword of
all those puppies & kittens being killed at shelters all over the
country. But what you see & hear is not the truth. You see what the
activists want you to see…& the key called “emotion” is turned on in
“Millions of dogs & cats are killed every year in our shelters,”
the animalists cry. “It is an exploding problem that is getting
worse & can only be brought under control by high license fees,
breeding bans & mandatory spay/neuter laws!” they insist. And then
they show you pictures of barrels of dead dogs & cats in your
newspaper (as was done in San Mateo, CA & in Seattle, WA) & they kill
dogs on television (as was done in San Mateo & Seattle) with the
excuse, “They were going to die anyway. We just thought it was time
the public saw it.” When questioned by Ken Schram on Seattle
TV “Town Meeting,” Mitchell Fox of PAWS (Progressive Animal Welfare
Society) insisted that killing the dogs on television was an
effective form of education.
This is what they show you. This is what turns on the key of
emotion & gets that animal rights machine moving. What they do NOT
tell you is that caring, concerned people in the world…animal welfare
people, through low-cost spay/neuter clinics & through education,
breeders through selling their pets on spay/neuter contracts,
responsible owners through responsible stewardship of their pets…have
already made a difference. They do NOT tell you that in 1980, 20
million dogs & cats were killed in shelters but in 1990 the figure
had plummeted to 2.3 million with the numbers continuing to go
downward even now. From 20 million to 2 million in 10 years!
Obviously, the animalists realized they had to get their campaign
going now or else in a few more years there would be nothing to point
at in order to turn on that emotional key. The onslaught against our
pets is well-planned, well-organized & well financed, & it has left
the nation reeling in disbelief. “Take away our dogs & cats?” you
stutter nervously. “They can’t do that. All those ads we see &
end the overpopulation problem caused by puppy mills & irresponsible
breeders. At least I think that is what they mean. I take good care
of my pets. Those laws don’t have anything to do with me.” I only
have one response: Think again.
Let’s let Ingrid Newkirk of PETA explain it. At least she doesn’t
beat around the bush about the goal to end the ownership of pets.
She has said pet ownership is an “absolutely abysmal situation
brought about by human manipulation.
the word `pet’. I think it’s speciesist language. I
prefer `companion animal.’
For one thing, we would no longer allow breeding… There would be no
pet shops. If people had companion animals in their homes, those
animals would have to be refugees from the animal shelters & the
streets. You would have a protective relationship with them, just as
you would with an orphaned child. But as the surplus of dogs & cats …
decline, eventually COMPANION ANIMALS WOULD BE PHASED OUT & we would
return to a more symbiotic relationship… ENJOYMENT FROM A
DISTANCE.” (Emphasis mine.) Harpers Magazine, Aug. 1988.
Think about those words. “We would no longer allow breeding…” The
breeding bans impose this restriction. Those animals in our
homes “would have to be refugees from the animal shelters…” The
breed bans, if carried across the country the way the activist are
trying to do, would eliminate the breeders of purebred dogs & cats.
Therefore, the only dogs & cats left available to the public would
have to be from the shelters. There is one part of these breeding
bans that Newkirk does not spell out in this particular speech, but
it is a very real part of the animalists’ agenda. The breeding bans
call for the mandatory sterilization of all dogs & cats. The
activist will try to convince you that breeding ill still be allowed…
all you have to do is buy a breeding licenses. This however, doesn’t
apply only to those people thought of as breeders. Most ordinances
define any unneutered animal as a “breeding animal” whether that
animal ever reproduces or not, & you therefore MUST buy a breeding
license in addition to the regular license. Oh, & by the way, you
can buy that “breeding license” (at an exorbitant price) so your pet
will be legal; but only until the breeding ban is put into effect, at
which time no more breeding permits will be issued. Guess what,
folks! Your legally unaltered pet is now illegal because you can’t
get that “breeding license” anymore. And now every dog & cat in the
jurisdiction of that ordinance must be spayed or neutered BY LAW.
Maybe you can tell me…what is left to reproduce after all this is
“Not so” the activists protest. “That’s nonsense. We love
animals. Look at the millions we have adopted out over the years.
We don’t want to eliminate pets. We just want to stop killing
them.” Don’t you believe them! Look again at Newkirk’s quote. We
humans would be the `caretakers’
animals…animal rights people always show you their “companions” that
they have rescued…but only until such time as THERE ARE NO MORE. The
Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has a prophetic motto
these days: “Until there are none, adopt one.”
There is an old cliché: Figures lie & liars use figures. Gross
exaggeration has always been the tool of animalists. It has been
wielded against biomedical researchers with regularity. For
instance, the director of the Washington D.C. office of the National
Anti-Vivisection Society has stated that medical research uses 70
million animals a year. He acknowledges that this figure is too
high, but claims he uses it in order to force opponents to refute
it. The real number of laboratory animals used is 17 to 22 million
animals per year, & although activists have manipulated the public’s
perception into believing most all the animals are chimps, monkeys,
dogs & cats, in reality 90 percent are rodents.
Not surprisingly, we find the same deception being used by the
activists in the fight to end what they call the “slavery” of our
pets. San Mateo, Calif. was the first county in the country to enact
a breeding ban & mandatory spay/neuter ordinance. (This is the same
San Mateo mentioned earlier, describing the Peninsula Humane Society
takeover.) The demand for the ordinance was primarily fueled by the
activists cry “10,000 healthy but abandoned dogs & cats were killed
in San Mateo last year.” Predictably, an outraged & uninformed
public recoiled in horror as the key named “Emotion” was turned on &
they demanded that something be done. The activists were only too
happy to oblige, & the ordinance became law. Imagine, however, the
shock the task force felt when they later went through the shelter
records & found out what that horrific figure really represented.
One thing should be kept in mind: There will always be those animals
at the shelters for which, sad as the truth may be, euthanasia is the
only moral or ethical choice. Those animals are not “healthy but
abandoned,” but are, in fact, “unadoptable” because of extreme age,
injury, disease, incorrigible behavior (i.e., aggression) or owner-
The task force tabulated the figures & found the following
breakdown: 6,500 cats were unadoptable; 800 cats were homeless; 1,470
dogs were unadoptable; 268 dogs were homeless; 9,038 total.
As in all their propaganda, the animalists had manipulated the
public into thinking these were mainly 10,000 healthy, adoptable dogs
dogs killed, when in reality the number of truly adoptable dogs was
only 268. A year later, when finally given the correct information
instead of the animal rights’ distorted propaganda, the San Mateo
Board of Supervisors overturned & struck down the breeding ban &
mandatory spay/neuter laws. By then, however, the damage was already
done. Everyone in the country had heard about the ordinance going on
the books; very few ever learned that the breeding ban & mandatory
spay/neuter part of it had been repealed. In the meantime, the
animalists exploded their campaign all across the United States,
touting the “foresight” of San Mateo as their flagship. At the time
this is being written (Aug. 1992) there have been over 100
municipalities across the country hit by the animal rights activist
demanding breeding bans, or at the very least, a new & extremely
expensive licensing fee structure for unaltered animals that would
eventually accomplish the same goal: The end of unaltered dogs & cats.
In their nationwide onslaught against the ownership of pets, the
animalists are using the same tactics as was used in San Mateo,
voicing the same questionable figures, using the same media hype,
turning on the key of emotion with the same pornographic litany of
death. Then there is the confusing duplicity of the animal rights
movement. PETA solicits donations from caring people by promising
that no animal will be turned away, that they are there to help
animals. Last year it came to light that PETA had killed 32 animals
at its “sanctuary,” 18 rabbits & 14 roosters. The rabbits had
been “rescued” from a schoolroom & the roosters were confiscated from
a private home. Ingrid Newkirk of PETA explained the killings by
saying “We will not overcrowd our animals. We really didn’t have
anything else to do. And so euthanasia was carried out with a great
deal of concern.” There is yet another example; this time the Humane
Society of the United States. HSUS, like all animal rights
organizations, is adamantly opposed to research that uses animals.
Interestingly enough, HSUS is funding the studies of two chemical
sterilants for use in the sterilization of dogs & cats. The research
will include the killing & dissecting of about 40 dogs & 59 cats.
Truly, the animal rights movement is the mother of deception in its
most calculating & premeditated form. It takes a while to absorb the
ramifications of all this, doesn’t it? It takes time to recover from
the stunned disbelief most of us feel when first faced with the total
concept of this sinister movement. It takes time to shake off the
overwhelming feeling of helplessness that sinks in with the
understanding of the power of the many-tentacled animal rights
machine. It takes time.
But with time, understanding begins to grow, & with understanding
comes the realization that animal rights is definitely not concerned
with animal welfare. Its concern is with the advancement of its
political agenda. Nothing more & certainly nothing less.
“But what happens to the animals?” people are beginning to
ask. “The activists don’t want bigger cages; they want empty cages.
They don’t want better care of the animals in our meat industry; they
want no meat industry. They don’t want more responsible care for the
dogs & cats in our homes; they want no animals in our homes. What
about the animals?”
That question accurately reflects the true tragedy of this
movement. To the radical leaders, the animals’ welfare doesn’t
matter. To them neither do the wants & desires of humans who do hot
embrace their goals. If this movement succeeds, what a sorry state
life will be: The end of the human-animal bond, replaced
by “enjoyment at a distance.” This is what has angered compassionate
people the most. This is what hurts the animals the most. As
people, first by the hundreds & then by the thousands, discover for
themselves the true meaning of the animal rights movement, they will
stop supporting it with their money, their letters, and their help.
Most caring, thinking people find they could never support the
extremists’ goals & so they turn away, with pain in their hearts
because they no longer have a means through which to help the animals
anymore. Where do caring people who still want help to animal
welfare turn? There are still a few animal welfare organizations
that have not succumbed to the animals rights movement, but they are
hard to find & even harder to know for sure their governing boards
are not in the process of being taken over by the animalists. It is
a sad state of affairs with everyone losing, animals & humans alike.
Will the compassionate, moderate people who work for the animal
rights movement finally come to understand the hidden agenda of their
extremist leaders &, realizing the damage being done, will they rise
up & rebel? Will those of us who are truly concerned about animal
welfare find the courage to stand up & expose the hidden agenda to
the world? Will we be strong enough to turn back the tidal wave of
animal rights legislation that is already looming in front of &
towering over us? I don’t know the answer to those questions. DO
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