pagans at least worshipped a golden calf; their modern counterparts
in the animal-rights movement cherish crustaceans.
PETA People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals bought
six lobsters from a Chinese restaurant in Maryland to prevent their
being "killed, dismembered, and eaten." PETA then flew the "liberated
lobsters' to the Maine coast, where they were released into the
Atlantic. (And where, we can hope, they made a nice meal for sea
bass and other natural predators.)
sort of harmless if loony activity affects only donors to PETA's
$6 million budget. But the animal liberationists have a more ambitious
agenda: they want to outlaw any use of animals in food, research,
or clothing. And they don't hesitate to use violence to bring this
all, says Ingrid Newkirk, director of PETA: "A rat is a pig is a
dog is a boy." Adds Alex Pacheco, PETA's chairman, "We feel that
animals have the same rights as a retarded human child."
a view, especially in the 20th century, has consequences. Animal
Abu Nidals have bombed medical research labs, torched fried-chicken
restaurants, burned down fur stores, burglarized turkey farms, stolen
medical records, assaulted zoo employees, and vandalized butcher
animal rightists, it's a matter of simple justice. All are "acceptable
crimes" if they save the lives of animals, says PETA's Pacheco.
Vicki Miller, head of the Canadian Animal Rights Network, even looks
forward to the prospect of "a vivisector shot in the street."
long as the rotten RICO law is on the books, why doesn't the Justice
Department stop persecuting innocent stockbrokers and indict the
organized crimes of these bloodthirsty vegetarians? If they want
to eat bean sprouts and wear plastic shoes, fine, but they should
leave the rest of us alone.
animal rights philosophy holds that bug or bird, manatee or man,
we are all equally valuable to Mother Nature's eco-sphere. But this
is paganism. The Judeo-Christian tradition teaches us that God created
the earth and all its creatures for mankind. They are ours to eat,
wear, use, and enjoy.
I want to know is why, if animals have the right to life, animal
activists aren't out making citizens arrests of natural predators?
Why aren't they interposing themselves between, say, a Kodiak bear
and a salmon?
For some reason, intra-animal eating doesn't bother them. Only we
aren't allowed to eat fish or meat. If these pantheists get their
way, prepare to carve a 20 lb. roast tofu next Thanksgiving.
Humane Society, which used to be relatively moderate, now says bacon
and eggs are the "Breakfast of Cruelty." PETA calls McDonald's "McDeath"
for serving cheeseburgers, and activists scrawl that epithet on
with outlawing the use of cows for their meat and leather, or even
raising them for milk and cheese, animal rightists want to ban the
eating of fish, chicken, and even snails. Eating "our fellow creatures
is cannibalism," one told me. They also want to forbid the sale
of goosedown pillows, wool suits, and silk blouses, for geese are
plucked, sheep are sometimes nicked when sheared, and the occasional
silkworm is "boiled to death."
are not the only insects favored by the crusaders against "speciesism,"
the "vicious belief that humans are the master race," an activist
told me. A bug-free kitchen is also out. Cockroaches too "have a
right to live," and serve the environment by being "efficient little
on the agenda: microbe rights. A Canadian activist told the Toronto
Globe and Mail that "viruses such as smallpox should be reintroduced
as part of the earth's natural ecosystem."
the animal ideologues such as PETA oppose the use of rabbits to
test cosmetics, even if it means skin problems or eye disease for
women. And, says Pacheco, animal tests must be banned in medicine
too. Human welfare should take a back seat to the lab-rat, as modern
research against cancer, Alzheimer's, strokes, and heart disease
is forbidden. "It is not a large price to pay," a PETA employee
this time of the year, the greatest ire is reserved for fur. Steve
Siegal, director of Trans- Species Unlimited, even advocates spray
painting any woman with a fur coat in imitation of Swedish anti-furrists.
Others use razor blades to slice up fur coats on display. And PETA
also advocates chanting "fur is dead" at women in fur coats, who
presumably think otherwise.
foxes, and other fur-bearing creatures are raised in "animal Auschwitzes,"
a PETA aide told me. These animals are "maltreated while alive,
killed cruelly, and worn in savagery." Morally, this is no different
from Ilse Koch, "the Buchenwald commandant who made a lampshade
out of human skin."
from the nature of this rhetoric, which offers an interesting glimpse
into the animal-rightist soul, this is disinformation. Fur ranchers
must treat their animals well. If they don't, they will have sick
animals, and as any pet owner knows, that means unattractive fur.
though most fur coats are made from commercially grown animals,
trapping is also used. This is necessary for animal husbandry, but
it also serves other purposes. Bears destroy bee hives; coyotes
kill livestock; beavers flood farmland and roads; and foxes, mink,
and weasels attack poultry.
to violence and propaganda, fur sales have been in a recession in
the U.S. for three years. In Northern Europe, fur sales also fell,
but they have since bounced back. May the same happen here, especially
as the glorious pelts from the arctic areas of the Soviet Union
become more available under perestroika.
Christmas, PETA urged us to sing carols to zoo animals "to draw
attention to their imprisonment." I have a better idea. To aid a
beleaguered industry, we should give fur. We can make another human
happy and at the same time outrage the animal idolators.
a warming thought as we sit down to slice our nice rare roast beef
(N.B: A version of this article appeared in the Orange County
Register. It was also the subject of a recent appearance by
Lew Rockwell on CNN's Crossfire show with Pat Buchanan.)