Animal Rights vs. Human Rights

Some people believe animal rights supersede human rights.  Some believe that there is no moral difference between the life of a whooping crane and the life of a human.  Only a few decades ago, people with such irrational beliefs would have been institutionalized for their own protection.  Many other people at this end of the social spectrum refuse to eat meat.  They won't eat "anything that used to have a face."  No matter how you slice it, [that's a pun] these people are just plain abnormal.
Man was given dominion over the earth a long, long time ago.
Many animal rights lunatics resort to eco-terrorism, but this page is primarily about the harmless but terribly misguided people who consider humans to be animals that are no more or less valuable than any other.

Consider this also:  Many of the people who are active in PETA simultaneoulsy argue in favor of abortion.  So they don't mind doing something to a baby boy or girl that they would never do to a dog or a chicken.



Animals with Human Right Make Researchers Run Scared.  Dogs and cats, historically, have been people's property like a couch or a toaster.  But as they've moved into our houses and our hearts, courts of law have begun to treat them as something more.  They can inherit your estate, get an appointed lawyer if your relatives challenge that inheritance and are protected from cruel acts.  Your toaster can't do any of that.

PETA scolds Michelle Obama over using real eggs for Easter Egg Roll.  PETA is urging first lady Michelle Obama to substitute fake eggs for the 19,000 real ones to be used in Monday's Easter Egg Roll, claiming that egg production is cruel and eating them unhealthy and a violation of her "Let's Move!" agenda.  In a video featuring young girls playing to the first lady's heartstrings, two pre-teens say, "Just because all the other first ladies have done it doesn't mean you have to.  If all the other first ladies jumped off a bridge would you?"

Are animal-rights activists really concerned about animals?  In such cases, concern for animal rights seems to be a rather thin veneer for other political objectives that have far more to do with intolerant ideologies than they do with protecting animals.  In the United States, animal-rights activism has found other pet causes but, at its core, activists seem less interested in protecting animals than in broader political agendas.

The Left's War on Horses.  [Scroll down]  Animal rights activists and their real estate backers have more money than horse carriage drivers.  The modest stable buildings are no match for the liberal real estate developers seeking to put up pricey hotels and progressive animal rights activists easily overwhelm drivers who may get only eight fares a day.  The anti-horse activists of Homo progressivus spent $1.3 million on Bill de Blasio.  The drivers bring their own coffee with them in a thermos because a Starbucks coffee is too pricy for their budgets.  Bill de Blasio refused to visit the stables where the horses are kept.  The money has changed hands, his mind is made up and he doesn't want to be confronted with the anger and suffering of the working men whose jobs he is taking away.

California wants to force Alabama to give chickens roomier accommodations.  In 2008, voters in California inexplicably passed a proposition requiring California-based egg producers to provide either free ranges or larger cages for their hens.  After concerns were raised that this would put California's egg producers at an economic disadvantage with producers in other states, provisions were added to extend the mandate to any eggs imported from other states to be sold in California.  The law is currently set to go into effect next year.  However, six state attorneys general, including Alabama AG Luther Strange, have come together in an effort to block the law.

Feds to Alaskans: No road for humans, lots of land for animals.  In one of Alaska's most remote outposts, where a thousand hardy souls make their homes, the Obama administration has put the fate of birds and bears above the lives of people, blocking construction of an 11-mile gravel trail connecting a tiny fishing hamlet to a life-saving airport.  For more than three decades the predominantly Aleut fishing community of King Cove has been fighting to build a one-lane, gravel track connecting the Cove to the nearby hamlet of Cold Bay.  What they have gotten is 30 years of flat-out federal refusals or stall tactics.

USDA Considering New Zoo Regs at Request of PETA.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering adopting new regulations for zoos at the request of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) that would require "humane" treatment for bears.  The proposed rules would mandate the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to hire a "bear expert," prohibit bear pits, and require rules so bears are not "stressed, frustrated, and bored."

PETA wants monument honoring chickens killed in Gainesville truck wreck.  Wednesday [2/5/2014], a member of PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, filed an application with GDOT to have a memorial placed at the Hall County site where a truck hauling live chickens overturned on Jan. 27.  The drivers of the chicken truck and the other vehicle involved were not seriously injured in the predawn crash on U.S. 129 near Gainesville, but "dozens" of the truck's cargo were apparently not so fortunate, according to the local PETA member who filed the request for a "giant tombstone" to be erected in memory of the chickens.

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Why don't they put up big signs next to every windmill in the U.S., showing how many birds and bats have been killed by each one?

New York declares war on wild mute swans.  Mute swans were brought to North America by European settlers to adorn their estates in the late 1800s but the authorities no longer consider them a beauty worthy of roaming free.  The New York state department of environmental conservation says swans attack people, destroy vegetation, pose a threat to jetliners and damage water because their feces contain e coli.  Ever since US Airways flight 1549 collided with a flock of geese in 2009 and landed on the Hudson river, the US Department of Agriculture has set about annually culling Canada geese.

Green Drought.  You have almost certainly never heard of the Delta smelt and, in all honesty, nor should you have.  As fish go, it is undistinguished.  Inedible, short-lived, and growing to a maximum length of just under three inches, smelt are of interest to nobody much — except, that is, to the implacable foot soldiers of the modern environmental movement, some of whom have recently elevated the smelt's well-being above all else that has traditionally been considered to be of value.  Human beings, the production of food, and the distribution of life-enabling water [are secondary], it seems.  All hail the smelt, the most important animal in America.

No, animals don't have rights.  Earlier this week, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni declared that "an era of what might be called animal dignity is upon us."  If he merely meant to draw attention to the fact that we're more attached than ever to our pets — spending billions of dollars a year on veterinary care and paraphernalia, even making places for them in our wills — then the point would be undeniable.  But that was not Bruni's aim.  Beyond these sociological observations, Bruni was writing to endorse the movement that's working to establish the legal personhood of animals and grant them legal rights.

De Blasio's horse-drawn carriage ban: Is it really about campaign cash?  Mayor Bill de Blasio's promise to ban New York City's iconic horse-drawn carriages could backfire, exposing what the newly-elected mayor's critics suggest is a corruption scandal masquerading as an animal-rights crusade.

Another low-information Democrat voter, coming soon.
US lawsuit demands 'legal personhood' for chimpanzees.  A US animal rights group has filed what it said is the first lawsuit seeking to establish the "legal personhood" of chimpanzees.  The non-profit Nonhuman Rights Project asked a New York state court to declare a 26-year-old chimp named Tommy "a cognitively complex autonomous legal person with the fundamental legal right not to be imprisoned."

Tommy the Chimp Subject of Bid for Legal Personhood.  Tommy, a 26-year-old chimpanzee owned by a couple in upstate New York, has a lawyer and a trust fund in a bid by a nonhuman rights group to have him declared the first animal to be considered a person under the law.

Habeas Chimpanzee.  "Tommy" and other chimpanzees are the subjects of several lawsuits in New York seeking writs of habeas corpus and "immediate release from illegal detention."  These lawsuits, the doing of the Nonhuman Rights Project, are not a surprise.  As already noted in these pages, NRP volunteer lawyers have spent years researching the common law of states, looking for legal precedents that can be twisted to support declaring intelligent animals such as chimps and dolphins to be "legal persons."

War on the Little Guy.  Marty the Magician performed magic tricks for kids, including the traditional rabbit-out-of-a-hat.  Then one day:  "I was signing autographs and taking pictures with children and their parents," he told me.  "Suddenly, a badge was thrown into the mix, and an inspector said, 'Let me see your license.'" [...] Marty's torment didn't end with a demand for his license.  "She said, from now on, you cannot use your rabbit until you fill out paperwork, pay the $40 license fee.  We'll have to inspect your home."  Ten times since, regulators showed up unannounced at Marty's house.

Climate Scientists Murder World's Oldest Creature.  A group of "climate change experts" that discovered a 507-year-old clam that was the world's oldest known creature killed it in the process of determining its age.  The scientists, determined to count the rings on the inside of the clam's shell, killed the creature instantly when they opened it up.

Kid Cages at School Bus Stops Spark Outrage.  Environmentalists have galvanized behind a movement to resurrect wolf populations in rural America. [...] In Catron County, New Mexico, aggressive Mexican gray wolves are terrorizing residents.  Here wolves are killing pets in front yards in broad daylight, and forcing parents to stand guard when children play outside.  The threat has become so ominous the local school district has decided to place wolf shelters (kid cages) at school bus stops to protect school children from wolves while they wait for the bus or parents.  These wolf proof cages, constructed from plywood and wire, are designed to prevent wolves from taking a child.  The absurdity of this scenario is mind-numbing.  What kind of society accepts the idea of children in cages while wolves are free to roam where they choose?

Armed agents raid animal shelter for baby deer.  WISN 12 News investigates an operation raising questions about the use of government resources and the state policy that meant a death sentence for a fawn.  "It was like a SWAT team," shelter employee Ray Schulze said.  Two weeks ago, Schulze was working in the barn at the Society of St. Francis on the Kenosha-Illinois border when a swarm of squad cars arrived and officers unloaded with a search warrant.

13 Wisconsin officials raid animal shelter to kill baby deer named Giggles.  Two weeks ago, Ray Schulze was working in a barn at the Society of St. Francis no-kill animal shelter in Kenosha, Wis., when officials swarmed the shelter with a search warrant.  "[There were] nine [Department of Natural Resources] agents and four deputy sheriffs, and they were all armed to the teeth," Mr. Schulze told WISN 12.  "It was like a SWAT team."  The agents were there to retrieve a baby deer named Giggles that was dropped off by a family worried she had been abandoned by her mother, the station reported. Wisconsin law forbids the possession of wildlife.

Why Liberals Kill.  [Scroll down]  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) preaches an animal-liberation line and even condemns meat consumption, but kills 89 percent of its shelter animals.

Chris Christie under fire from PETA for killing a spider in front of fourth graders.  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is taking heat from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals after he killing a spider on his desk in front of a class of fourth graders.

Animal rights activists will use airborne drones to spy on hunters.  Hunters should look to the skies, but not for canvasback ducks or fair weather.  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will soon acquire "impressive new weapons to combat those who gun down deer and doves."  The animal-rights group plans to invest in airborne drones armed with video cameras, aiming to collect damning video footage of "any illegal activity, including drinking while in the possession of a firearm," or evidence of maiming animals or use of spotlights and feed lures.  On the potential shopping list:  a remote-controlled CineStar Octocopter.

PETA Plans to Fly Drones That Would 'Stalk Hunters'.  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is actively shopping for a drone that would "stalk hunters," the organization said Monday [4/8/2013].  The group says it will "soon have some impressive new weapons at its disposal to combat those who gun down deer and doves" and that it is "shopping for one or more drone aircraft with which to monitor those who are out in the woods with death on their minds."  The group says it will not weaponize the drones, but will use them to film potentially illegal hunting activity and turn it over to law enforcement.

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The PETA people obviously do not understand hunting or hunters.  I don't know much about it myself, but here's what I think I know:  Most hunting takes place on private property in the middle of nowhere with the permission of the property owner.  The people who engage in "illegal hunting activity" aren't gonna hesitate to blow a PETA drone to pieces, legally or not, and the PETA people would be wise (for once) to forget about looking for those pieces.  Are the PETA people just opposed to guns, or do they also object to hunting with a bow and arrow?

Saving the Fish to Kill the Fish.  Saving the fish isn't about saving the fish.  With the price of gasoline at record heights, why are there so many abandoned rigs in the Gulf?  A safe bet would be because of the government.

Save a deer, Go to jail.  An Indiana couple faces jail time for nursing a near-dead deer back to health, in apparent violation of the state's Department of Natural Resources rules for returning wild animals to the forest.  The couple — Jeff Counceller, a police officer, and his wife, Jennifer — found the deer in 2010 on a porch, curled into a ball, with maggot-filled puncture wounds, the Associated Press reported.  The two cared for the animal on their 17-acre Connersville home, according to the Associated Press.  State conservation officers recently visited the home and discovered the deer, according to ABC News.  The couple was subsequently charged with illegal possession of a deer.

PETA Wants Decapitation Ban In Fla. Snake-Hunting Contest.  The state of Florida is gearing up for a massive python hunting contest in the Everglades starting on Saturday [1/12/2013].  But an animal rights group is calling for the state to ban decapitation as a method of killing the giant snakes.

If They Were Baby Seals Instead of Just Babies...  Perhaps our pro-abortion friends will better understand why we pro-lifers oppose any tax-funded support for Planned Parenthood if we explain our opposition in a way that engages their sympathy:  Suppose there were a company called Planned Parkas that manufactures very warm winter coats for people who otherwise would have difficulty obtaining them.

The animal rights fanatics are believers in "survival of the fittest", are they not?
New Zealand environmental advocate launches campaign to ban cats as pets.  Gareth Morgan has a simple dream:  a New Zealand free of pet cats that threaten native birds.

The ASPCA Pays Price For Bad-Faith Ringling Brothers Elephant Suit.  The ASPCA sued Ringling Brothers, but ended up paying the circus $9.3 million to help cover its legal bills.

The Democrats' War on Science Aids Our Enemies.  [Scroll down]  In this litany of eco-activism certain to impoverish us all, there's one bright spot this week.  Barnum & Bailey Circus's owners, Feld Entertainment, brought a RICO suit against "animal rights" scamsters and has already won a $9.3 million settlement from one of the multiple defendants.

The animals' greatest enemy is Islam -- yet the activists are all completely silent about this:
Sudanese Islamists Financing Genocide by Wiping Out Africa's Elephants.  This story is so depressing in so many ways and on so many levels because it shows you what will be left Africa or of any part of the world if the Islamists succeed.  All that will be left are corpses, slaves and deserts.  No civilization and not even much in the way of wildlife.

Muslims In Sweden Practice Beheading Skills On Cats.  So, Sweden, how's that multiculturalism working out for you?

Los Angeles may ban circus elephants.  The city council is expected to vote early in the new year on an ordinance that could force the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus either to drop its annual stop in the country's second-largest city or pull one of its most popular acts, The New York Times reported.

The Editor says...
Naturally, if this works in California, it will be tried in the other 49 (or more) states, and if the animal-rights activists "save" the elephants, then the rest of the animals will be put out of a job as well, and there will be no more circuses to go with our bread... if there is any bread.

Not just guns, PETA wants hunting banned.  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants to take the gun control debate to a whole new level:  banning hunting.  Claiming hunting desensitizes children to killing humans, the group plans to make their case Friday by crashing the National Rifle Association's press conference downtown at the Willard Hotel where they are expected to cite some form of gun ownership and sales changes they would support.

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Name one mass murderer or school shooter who was an experienced hunter, a marksman, or even a skeet shooter.

Welcome to the Salazar Wilderness.  [Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar] seems to think that turning a tiny portion of the lovely coastline of California's Marin County (part of the National Seashore) into the first marine wilderness in the continental United States also requires destroying a family-run oyster operation that has conducted business in the same spot for eight decades.  So Mr. Salazar recently ordered the business to close within 90 days — a decision that will spell ruin for the Lunny family, owners of Drake's Bay Oyster Farm, which supplies 40% of California's oysters.

Oyster Farm Loses To Federal Bullies And Eco-Fanatics.  If ever there was a business that environmentalists should have supported, it was the Drakes Bay Oyster Co.  By all reliable accounts, it was a clean, sustainable source of food for nearly 80 years.  One local told the San Francisco Chronicle the farm provided "a good organic food source in our backyard."  "A department head in Washington, D.C., shouldn't be able to tell this community it can't eat oysters," said Sarah Cane of San Rafael.  Another local, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, was also upset by Salazar's decision.  She strongly implied the fix was in.

PETA wants sign to memorialize fish killed in crash.  An Irvine resident is requesting that the city install a sign to memorialize the hundreds of fish killed in a traffic crash in early October as they were being taken to Irvine Ranch Market.

Marineland stormed by protesters.  The last day of Marineland's operating season drew hundreds of protesters outside the Niagara tourist attraction's gates on Sunday and escalated when about 150 people stormed inside, yelling "shut it down."

Radical environmentalists push to destroy dams to reopen salmon spawning habitat.  Environmentalists, local Native American tribes and several government agencies want to tear down the four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River — one of which created Copco Lake — that stretches 255 miles from Oregon to the Pacific Ocean.  Primarily the dams create clean energy to supply more than 70,000 homes and businesses in northern California and southern Oregon with electricity, but opponents say the dams must be destroyed to restore depleted fisheries and reinvigorate their upstream habitat.

Hydro bill energizes debate over the nation's dams.  Hydropower dams would get a boost, while their skeptics would get punished, under a controversial new bill backed by Western conservatives in Congress.  In a bit of tit for tat, the legislation introduced this month would strip federal funding from environmental groups that have challenged hydropower facilities in court over the past decade.  The bill further would block federal money from being used to study or undertake dam removals, save for the rare occasion when Congress has authorized the action. [...] American Rivers, the National Wildlife Federation and Trout Unlimited are among the organizations that could be cut off from federal grant funding under the bill; each has been party to a suit potentially challenging hydropower generation, and each has received federal money.

Agency's decision on beetle could affect Keystone XL pipeline.  A federal agency's recent decision involving the endangered American burying beetle could cause up to a year's delay in construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, if the project wins federal approval, an environmental group said Tuesday.  But a spokesman for pipeline developer TransCanada Inc., said that assessment was premature and that the company would be able to work around new rules concerning the beetle.

The Editor says...
The construction of this badly-needed pipeline would probably result in the deaths of several bugs.  But I find it hard to imagine that the pipeline crew would locate and destroy all of the remaining specimens of the burrowing beetle.  That could only happen if all of the beetles live in a straight line, right under the path of the pipeline.  Even if all the burrowing beetles are sure to be wiped out — and that won't happen — the pipeline should be built, because gasoline is more important to our economy and our lives than beetles.

PETA takes 'bets' on when senator will die after objection to USDA vegetarian push.  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has started taking "bets" on its website over when Sen. Charles Grassley will die, after the Iowa Republican scolded the Department of Agriculture for advocating a vegetarian diet.  The USDA drew the ire of rural state lawmakers over a newsletter urging department employees to embrace "Meatless Mondays."

Animal Rights Legislation Would Make Eggs a Luxury Food.  One day soon, America could wake up to a dozen eggs costing $8 or more.  And unless you are involved in some aspect of farming or agriculture, you would never know that egg prices are about to skyrocket or the reason why.  With food prices already increasing due to high grain and fuel costs, extraneous so-called animal welfare regulations are being imposed on U.S. food producers, large and small, by the animal rights powerhouse known as the Humane Society of the United States.

Federal bill would give nation's hens bigger cages.  The Humane Society prefers doing away with cages altogether but sees this compromise bill as a way to improve the standard of living for hens across the country.

Animal rights at the circus.  Whenever the circus is in town, you can reliably find two kinds of people following the elephants around:  pooper-scoopers and animal rights activists.

Animal Desires.  When People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sought a court ruling declaring SeaWorld's killer whales "slaves" under the 13th Amendment, the nation got a badly needed chuckle. [...] The case — Tilikum, Katina, Corky, Kasatka, and Ulises, five orcas et al. v. SeaWorld — was brought in the Ninth Circuit, where history shows anything can happen.  But not this time.

Liberal Illiberalism.  When "conservation" sometime in the 1970s was redefined as "environmentalism," the morality of the entire issue likewise changed.  Most Americans had wanted clean air and water; and they were willing to pay to curb pollutants and drive more expensive, but cleaner, cars.  They had no desire to see condors die off or kit foxes disappear.  But at some point, the green creed began to dictate that all species were equal to humans.

Water, Water, Everywhere — But None for California's Crops.  Federal legislators may be recognizing that our new habit of buying more and more of our food from Mexico may not be good for American self-reliance — or the trade deficit.  And that the EPA's regulations, which led to our turning off the spigots to some parts of the Central Valley, largely to save a bait fish (the delta smelt) may be placing an inedible fish above the needs of human beings.

Murder fur hire.  Animals are cute and cuddly.  They can also be used to make lovely outerwear.  And that's why you deserve to die.

Activist sought hitman to kill 12-year-old wearing fur.  Animal rights activists are such kind, loving and morally superior people.  One of them was just charged with soliciting a hitman to kill someone — anyone — "at least 14 years old or older but should be at least 12 years old" who dares to wear fur.  Or so the feds have charged Meredith Lowell, 27, of Cleveland Heights.

Animal Rights Activists Charged in Murder Fur Hire Plot.  An animal activist planned to pay a hitman $730 to gun down a random person wearing fur outside of a Cleveland library.  A criteria for any gunmen considering the offer was that they do not wear "anything that looks remotely like fur," according to a police affidavit.

Documents: PETA kills more than 95 percent of pets in its care.  Documents published online this month show that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, an organization known for its uncompromising animal-rights positions, killed more than 95 percent of the pets in its care in 2011.  The documents, obtained from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, were published online by the Center for Consumer Freedom, a non-profit organization that runs online campaigns targeting groups that antagonize food producers.

Dolphins deserve same rights as humans, say scientists.  Dolphins should be treated as non-human "persons", with their rights to life and liberty respected, scientists meeting in Canada have been told.  Experts in philosophy, conservation and animal behaviour want support for a Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans.

SeaWorld sued over 'enslaved' killer whales.  Five killer whales have been named as plaintiffs in a lawsuit which argues they deserve the same constitutional protection from slavery as humans.

Judge dismisses PETA 'slavery' suit over SeaWorld orcas.  Saying the anti-slavery 13th Amendment applies only to humans, a federal judge today [2/8/2012] dismissed a landmark lawsuit that sought to extend constitutional protections to the famous killer whales that perform at SeaWorld, according to news reports from San Diego.

PETA jumps the whale.  The judge told the court:  "As 'slavery' and 'involuntary servitude' are uniquely human activities, as those terms have been historically and contemporaneously applied, there is simply no basis to construe the Thirteenth Amendment as applying to non-humans."  Can you imagine how demeaning that is to descendants of actual slaves?  The lawsuit showed what a tin-ear white liberals have toward the plight of blacks in America in the past — not that white conservatives are all that much better.

The Insanity of Protecting Rats:  Anyone with an ounce of common sense knows that rats must be killed to protect people and property, but not the idiots on the Washington, D.C. city council who were more intent on protecting the rats than their constituents.

Marine biologist could get 20 years in prison for feeding whales.  A California marine biologist is facing up to 20 years in prison and half a million dollars in fines for allegedly feeding a group of killer whales and then altering footage of the incident and lying to authorities.

Palestinians Celebrate Eid Al-Adha By Slaughtering Animals.  Palestinian men celebrate over slaughtered cow on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha on December 30, 2006, in the Rafah Refugee Camp, Gaza Strip.

Happy Halal Thanksgiving.  In a little-known strike against freedom, yet again, we are being forced into consuming meat slaughtered by means of a torturous method:  Islamic slaughter.  Halal slaughter involves cutting the trachea, the esophagus, and the jugular vein, and letting the blood drain out while saying "Bismillah allahu akbar" — in the name of Allah the greatest.  Many people refuse to eat it on religious grounds. ... Others object because of the cruelty to animals that halal slaughter necessitates.  Where are the PETA clowns and the ridiculous celebs who pose naked on giant billboards for PETA and "animal rights"?  They would rather see people die of cancer or AIDS than see animals used in drug testing, but torturous and painful Islamic slaughter is OK.

Issa Probes Park Service Science Used to Shut Down Oyster Farm.  A leading congressional Republican is investigating whether the National Park Service (NPS) committed "scientific misconduct" in its effort to shut down a century-old oyster farm over claims that it threatens the local seal population. ... "Unbeknownst to the [council] panel, the NPS had maintained a secret camera system" in the area since 2007, Issa said.  The cameras took minute-by-minute pictures during the pupping season for three years, but they failed to disclose the photos or logs in their efforts to close the oyster farm, creating "the appearance of a coverup," Issa said.  According to a report from the Interior Department's solicitor's office, the photos show no evidence the farming methods harmed the seals.

Rural Rebellion Brewing.  [Scroll down]  Their latest battle is to stop destruction of four hydroelectric dams along the Klamath River — an action driven by environmentalists and the Obama administration.  Most locals say the dam-busting will undermine their property rights and ruin the local farming and ranch economy, which is all that's left since environmental regulators destroyed the logging and mining industries.

Is Food the Earth's Worst Enemy?  The radical Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) can't seem to go a day without lecturing the 99 percent of the country that doesn't share its vegan agenda.  This time, its corporate "outreach" manager is promoting an NPR report that says that, among other things, that farming accounts for a third of all greenhouse gas emissions globally.  (The activist's take, of course, is that we should all eat less meat.)

Windmills stopped at night after bat death.  Thirty-five windmills at a western Pennsylvania wind farm have been silenced at night since a bat that belongs to an endangered species was found dead under one of the turbines.

Windmills to shut at night following demise of rare bat.  Night operation of the windmills in the North Allegheny Windpower Project has been halted following discovery of a dead Indiana bat under one of the turbines, an official with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday [10/17/2011].  The finding marks only the second location where an Indiana bat has been found dead under a wind turbine.  Two Indiana bats were found under turbines in the Mid-west, said Clint Riley, supervisor for Fish and Wildlife's Pennsylvania field office.

Eco loons go bat crazy.  The warped mentality that puts the (imaginary) needs of bats perfectly capable of looking after themselves before those of humans differs little from the warped mentality which demands that stretches of countryside be carpeted with environmentally unfriendly, economically ruinous wind farms...  This mentality in turn causes real people — not fluttery, squeaky, nocturnal insectivores, but actual humans with families, friends, histories, consciousness, emotions etc — genuine suffering and distress.  As this newspaper reports today, at least 2,700 people are dying every year because they can't afford to heat their homes in winter.  And one of the main reasons they can't do so is because of the misguided policies of eco-zealots...

Silent Spring II.  It's not news environmentalists prefer trees, animals, and insects over people.  In 1962 Rachel Carson chose nature, created a stink about DDT and millions of children have since paid the ultimate price. ... Now, President Obama has chosen a similar path.

Grizzly shooting pits Idahoans against Uncle Sam.  U.S. prosecutors charge a man who said he was protecting his family.  State residents and officials are outraged.

Using Junk Science on Klamath River.  In the name of saving salmon, radical environmentalists in Northern California have concocted a $1.4 billion plan to destroy four hydroelectric dams and dramatically restrict water to hundreds of thousands of acres of prime farmland.  However, an independent panel of scientists hired by the federal government to review the proposal has determined the primary goal of the deconstruction project is based on junk science.

Cutting the Bureau of Reclamation:  The bureau operates dams and other water infrastructure in the western states.  Its large subsidies for irrigation water combined with restrictions on water transfers are contributing to a growing water crisis in many areas.

SF Animal Control Commission seeks ban on goldfish.  The idea is to put the squeeze on puppy and kitten mills that supply pet stores, and to discourage "impulse buys" of hamsters and other small pets that often wind up being dumped at shelters.  But goldfish, guppies and tropical fish?

Little lizard could cause big disruptions for Texas drillers.  Deep in the West Texas sand dunes is something that some say could threaten the state's oil and gas production:  A tiny lizard.  But it's not just any lizard:  It's a dunes sagebrush lizard, also known as the sand dune lizard.

More Enviro-Anomalies.  [The obscure dunes sagebrush] lizard, supposedly dying out, has a habitat that stretches across southeastern New Mexico and west central Texas, smack-dab in the middle of the longest-exploited and most productive oil field in America, the Permian Basin field.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is trying to get this lowly lizard listed as an endangered species, claiming that oil and gas development is ruining the lizard's habitat.  Of course, if the feds declare this banal reptile "endangered," all drilling companies in the affected area will immediately come under the iron fist of the Fish and Wildlife Service, which will demand that they work without "harming" the habitat (viz., sand dunes) of the mundane creature.  Fish and Wildlife will accordingly threaten the drillers with massive fines for disturbing those dunes.  By the way, nobody knows the size of this repellant reptile's population to begin with, which raises the question of how exactly we know that it is endangered.

Seoul Fur Fashion Show Angers Animal Rights Activists.  Animal Rights activists from all over the world were expressing outrage on Thursday [6/2/2011] during the Fendi 2011 Fall/Winter runway show at the "Floating Island,' a newly-opened cluster of three artificial islands on the Han River in Seoul, South Korea.  South Koreans are the world's largest consumers of fur clothing.  Demonstrators greeted every visitor to the event with a chant of "shame on you."

The End of Family Pets?  [Scroll down]  The future is coming clear in two new laws:  In Albuquerque, it's now unlawful to leave a dog alone for very long.  The cost of maintaining a dog is moving toward parity with that of maintaining a kid; not only with needing dog-sitters but with health care; health insurance for dogs and cats is a growing market.  A recent vet's bill for diagnosing and euthanizing an elderly pooch, a two-hour office visit mostly spent waiting, was $300.  The second and most unmistakable signal is laws popping up around the country simply banning the retail sale of dogs and cats.  Examples are Austin, Texas, and West Hollywood, California.

Why Hunters Rock and Anti-Hunters Are a Crock.  My wife and I have an acquaintance from Boston we're unfortunately forced to interface with on an irregular basis who continuously gives me and my family hell about hunting.  Yep, she's a greenie animal worshipper who thinks a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.  She hates those who hunt animals, but she eats beef, pork, chicken, fish and demands leather interior for her gas guzzling SUVs and, of course, for her wardrobe accessories.

Are environmentalists an obstacle to clean energy production?  [Scroll down]  Recent examples include environmentalist lawsuits seeking to block construction of a solar power plant in California's Mojave Desert due to threats to the endangered desert tortoise and environmentalists suing to block the construction of a 75-wind turbine project in Nevada due to threats to local wildlife.  Rob Mrowka, an ecologist for Tucson, Ariz.-based Center for Biological Diversity, told The Ely Times of Ely, Nev., that a green energy project's location sometimes outweighs considerations such as climate change.  "We've got environmentalists out there who are fighting with environmentalists over whether or not they want renewable wind power or they want to save the chicken," Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe told The Daily Caller regarding Oklahoma environmentalists and their effort to block construction of wind farms because of how it could negatively affect prairie chickens.

Mojave Desert solar power farm:
U.S. Losing Resource Wars to ... Turtles.  [Scroll down]  A big win for America's fledgling green-energy industry?  Not in the eyes of the Western Watershed Project, a conservationist NGO which has just filed a federal suit to stop the project.  Watershed's complaint:  the sun farm threatens the habitat of the Desert Tortoise, a reptile registered on the Endangered Species List.  Or, to be precise, the project — a 6-mile square footprint in Mojave's 50,000 square mile expanse — threatens 25 Desert Tortoises documented by wildlife biologists in their site survey.

Save the Fish, Starve the Humans.  Saving a two-inch "endangered" fish has cost hundreds of thousands of jobs in California 's Central Valley and turned parts of it, some of the most productive agricultural land in the U.S., into a dust bowl. ... University of California (Davis) Prof. Peter Moyle started the Save the Delta Smelt campaign.  The professor admits that the smelt has no commercial value, that its life cycle is just one year, and that, even in optimal conditions, it's prone to extinction anyway.  Nonetheless, it must be saved at any cost.  That's the mandate of the Endangered Species Act.  Moyle was successful in convincing the EPA to list the Delta Smelt as endangered in 1993.  Several court cases later, the obscene cost of saving a fish the professor says has only been in the Sacramento River delta for 8,000 to 10,000 years is now apparent.

Plan would treat animal abusers like sex offenders.  People convicted of felony animal cruelty offenses would have to register just like sex offenders do under a proposal being pushed by Houston Rockets owner Les Alexander.  Alexander is one of the advocates hoping lawmakers take time to focus on animal welfare in the upcoming legislative session.

If babies had feathers, abortion would be illegal.
Unborn Baby Eagles.  Since 1973 when two women, prompted (some might say, used) by their activist radical women's rights attorneys, challenged laws prohibiting abortions and won, nearly 50 million unborn and nearly born babies have been killed.  That is nearly 16% of the current population of the United States.  Fifty million babies who had no choice were sacrificed on the Altar of Choice — proving that when activist attorneys with no moral grounding argue cases before activist judges, bad things happen.

Watch out for "Ecocide".  Ecocide, a term coined by the former British barrister Polly Higgins, comes with a proposal that asks the United Nations to recognize it as a fifth "crime against peace" — one that could be prosecuted by the International Criminal Court alongside "genocide," "war crimes," "ethnic cleansing," and "crimes against humanity."  Higgins defines ecocide as:  "The extensive destruction, damage to or loss of ecosystem(s) or a given territory, whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that territory has been severely diminished."  For this purpose, the definition of "inhabitants" includes plants and animals, as well as human populations.

Environmentalists Blocking Wind Farms?  And Solar?  And Geothermal?  Kansas is ranked second in the nation behind Montana for wind energy potential, a fact which should have environmentalists jumping for joy.  Instead, they're trying to block the construction of transmission lines to wind farms in south central Kansas and north central Oklahoma.  Why?  Well it all has to do with the lesser prairie chicken.  According to a story by the Hutchinson News in February of this year, ranchers and wildlife officials in the area are teaming up with groups like the Sierra Club to block the construction of the lines, which would apparently run through prime breeding territory for the bird.

Here Comes The Sun.  The tiny, inedible delta smelt falls under the protection of the Endangered Species Act.  It is so important that in 2007 a federal judge ordered water streaming from the San Joaquin-Sacramento River routed away from California farmers because the pumps used to redirect the flow were killing the fish.  Job and financial losses naturally followed the judge's decision.  The smelt isn't the only California creature that has been given preferential treatment over man.  The well-being of the kangaroo rat has been used to stop home development and freeway construction in Southern California.  Farmers in the northern part of the state have been denied water so the needs of the coho salmon and shortnose suckerfish can be served.  And in the Inland Empire, the Delhi Sands fly has shut down development and killed jobs.

Welfare of pronghorn still trumps border enforcement.  As I reported back in February, the Interior Department has been using a 1964 environmental law to block the Border Patrol from building communications towers along the southwestern border in Arizona.  The towers are part of a virtual fence that would be used to intercept illegal immigrants, drug smugglers and human traffickers who are increasingly using protected federal wilderness areas to sneak over the border.  Five months later, nothing's changed.

Backing off on environmental perfection.  It will go down as a landmark decision.  U.S. District Judge Oliver W. Wagner ruled this week that people have rights.  That may sound a bit daffy but in the wacky world of California water politics people take second class citizen status behind fish and even vegetation.

Water Sanity For Central California.  A federal judge has struck a blow for California's water-deprived Central Valley, ruling that draconian federal water cutbacks violate human rights because — surprise! — people also belong in the ecosystem.

Save the Turtles; Kill the unborn.  Human fetuses can be legally killed, turtles cannot.  If you destroy a turtle you pay a hefty fine.  If slaying an unborn baby, the government both funds and supports your right to do so.

The Truth About the Humane Society Of the United States.  Over the course of the last few months, the Center for Consumer Freedom has ramped up its effort to educate Americans about the deceptive fundraising and spending practices of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).  Most Americans don't realize that less than one half of one percent of the society's revenue goes to support hands-on pet shelters, despite their use of tear-jerking ads...

Environmentalists: Give Trees the Right to Sue.  What if a trimmed tree could sue as an amputee or a shucked clam could claim wrongful eviction?  In an effort to ban everything from drilling oil to incinerating garbage, about a dozen communities across the country have adopted ordinances that give nature legal standing and water down the rights of businesses.

Wanted:  Grown-up governance.  At some point, the grown-ups are going to have to take over.  We're being governed by a gang of perpetual adolescents from the most liberal enclaves in America. ... Last week, San Francisco's animal welfare board was slated to vote on criminalizing the sale of cats, dogs and hamsters.  It put off the vote only because scores of enraged "animal companion" owners showed up at the normally sparsely attended meeting.  The measure will resurface as soon as a bureaucrat finds a way to blame gerbils for global warming.

109 geese euthanized in Bend, Oregon.  A memorial service is planned to mourn the 109 Canada geese euthanized to keep the birds from overrunning city parks in Bend.

The Editor says...
Don't the geese have "equal access" to the parks?

Federal judge blocks Alaska's wolf-kill plan.  A federal judge on Monday [6/7/2010] denied the state of Alaska's request for a preliminary injunction to kill wolves, a step it said was needed to protect a caribou herd on an island in the Aleutian chain that is a subsistence food source for rural Alaskans there.

In the Company of Wolves.  Hunting, once enormously popular and widespread, is today in the process of becoming an esoteric pastime.  The more romantic strains of environmentalism often lead to animals of all types being protected, and in some places, cosseted.  So we're getting generations of animals that have never been shot at and have no awareness that humans are the most dangerous animals of all.

A Gathering of Wolves.  [Scroll down slowly]  Will Graves knows how America is different, in this as in so many ways.  In the U.S., from our earliest days, rural men have been armed and capable of using weapons.  Graves points out that wolves are opportunistic killers.  They are highly intelligent, with an incredibly acute sense of smell.  They can smell the gun oil used on rifles from miles away.  They soon learn to associate that smell with humans — and to stay away.

Animal Wrongs.  [Scroll down]  The problem is that the media uses the terms animal welfare and animal rights as if they were interchangeable.  They are not.  Animal rightists believe that humans have no more value than animals — they consider that "speciest" — and that humans do not have the right to profit even from the proper and humane use of animals.  Animal rightists draw a moral equivalency between humans and animals.

Hitler's Green Killing Machine.  Historians have either overlooked or forgotten that sweeping Nazi environmental laws, all signed by Hitler and considered to be his pet projects, preceded the racially charged Nuremberg Laws, reflecting the fact that Nazi racism was rooted in ecology.  By the summer of 1935, right before the Nuremberg laws were set up, Nazi Germany was by far the greenest regime on the planet.  The Animal Protection laws were followed up by a strong hunting law for Hermann Goering in 1934.  In 1935, Hitler also signed the Reich Nature Protection Act, the high water mark for Nazi environmentalism.  Here is seen the birth of environmental permits, environmental impact statements and environmental totalitarianism.

Animal-Rights Fanatic to Be Obama's Next "Czar"?  Glenn Beck reports that an animal-rights fanatic is on track to become President Obama's regulatory czar.  That individual is the radical legal theorist Cass Sunstein who has argued that:
 •  your money doesn't really belong to you because the government laid the foundations for your success;
 •  Internet censorship is a good idea;
 •  animals should be allowed to sue people.

In California, quest for cleaner power hits tortoise-sized speed bumps.  On a strip of California's Mojave Desert, two dozen rare tortoises could stand in the way of a sprawling solar-energy complex in a case that highlights mounting tensions in the United States between wilderness conservation and the quest for cleaner power.

Environmentalists sue to protect California delta fish.  Environmentalists want to reverse a 2003 decision by the Bush administration that eliminated federal protection for a small California fish.  A complaint filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ignored findings that the Sacramento splittail population was declining.

PETA wants animatronic groundhog.  Punxsutawney Phil might be the most pampered groundhog in the world, but that's not good enough for the folks at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.  They sent a letter to Phil's handlers, urging them to use a robotic rodent rather than the real Phil on Tuesday [2/2/2010].

PETA's Peculiar 'Partners'.  Will PETA be the next ACORN?  Conservative blogs and websites have been working to uncover a scandal at PETA which has the potential to destroy the credibility of the radical animal-rights organization.

It's farmers vs. fish for California water.  Supporters of California agriculture called on the Obama administration and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday to lift water restrictions that were imposed to protect the endangered delta smelt, saying the fish is putting farmers out of business.

California dryin'.  California is in an uproar over water.  Nearly a quarter-million acres' worth of contracted federal irrigation deliveries have been cut from the big farms of the west side of the San Joaquin Valley in central California.  The water in large part is being diverted to the salty San Francisco Bay and the delta to improve marine ecology.

Pakistan President 'slaughters one black goat every day'.  Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has a black goat slaughtered at his house almost every day to ward off "evil eyes" and protect him from "black magic".

Hindu sacrifice of 250,000 animals begins.  The world's biggest animal sacrifice began in Nepal today with the killing of the first of more than 250,000 animals as part of a Hindu festival in the village of Bariyapur, near the border with India.  The event, which happens every five years, began with the decapitation of thousands of buffalo, killed in honour of Gadhimai, a Hindu goddess of power. ... In the main event, 250 appointed residents with traditional kukri knives began their task of decapitating more than 10,000 buffalo in a dusty enclosure guarded by high walls and armed police.

... and the animal rights people are totally silent.

Pull plug on motorway lights to save the environment, say experts.  Motorway lights should be turned off at night to protect the environment, experts have said.  Light pollution stops us enjoying the beauty of the night sky and could be disrupting the delicate life cycles of birds, bats and other wildlife, according to the Royal Commission of Environmental Pollution.

The Editor says...
If "light pollution" is such a problem, why not ban headlights on automobiles?  The answer is obvious:  The safety of people is more important than the comfort of animals.

PETA Becomes A Corporate Animal.  Americans know the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for its wild publicity stunts in the name of protecting cows, chickens, and other eatables.  But a closer look at media-savvy PETA shows it also has become a corporate animal.  Its websites are full of invitations to corporate America to form partnerships, and in the process, cut PETA in on some of the profits.

Could the tale of slain Yale student Annie Le be about mice?  Along with the defensive wounds and the flunked lie detector test, investigators looking into the murder of Yale student Annie Le focused on a lab technician named Raymond Clark because of e-mails about the care of laboratory mice.  In the e-mails, Clark is said to criticize Le for not adhering to the protocols for tending the mice kept in the basement as part of her lab's ongoing experiments.

In praise of cages for egg laying hens:  My wife and I used to have free-range chickens.  We didn't get an abundance of eggs because the hens hid them in the barn hay — and then brought us batches of live chicks instead of breakfast makings.  And, they stopped laying during the winter so we had to buy commercial eggs at the local grocery.  Then the local foxes and hawks discovered our chickens, and we learned first-hand why people invented chicken houses.

Whining Seal Hunt Twaddle.  Whatever else PETA is, most sensible people will agree it is tasteless, vulgar and vile.  It has had some of the very crudest and most insensitive exercises in the history of so-called protest, of which I will cite only "the Holocaust on your plate" campaign, which, in my judgment, reached the level of a blasphemy against the memory of the six million Jewish people exterminated in Hitler's death camps.

The Green Nazi Hell and America's Future?  When the Nazis seized power, environmentalism was surprisingly given a premier role in 1933-35.  In fact, the Nazis passed the most progressive environmental laws found anywhere in the world at the time.  The first was a law for the protection of animals called Tierschutzrecht, which forbid cruel experiments on animals, not to mention Jewish ritual slaughter.

Egg fight breaks out over chicken welfare law.  By one of the biggest margins in California's rich initiative history, voters decreed last year that egg-laying hens must be able to stretch their wings without touching another bird or a cage wall.  But the details of the new animal welfare law are bedeviling egg farmers.  Some are even rumored to be breeding hens with shorter wings, a tactic producers deny with a laugh.

Greenpeace Gives No Peace to Fish Lovers.  Greenpeace's new report on so-called sustainable seafood has just been released and every single supermarket in Canada received a failing grade.  Not because fish isn't essential to a complete and healthy diet.  (It is.)  Greenpeace flunked every grocery retailer for selling "unsustainable" fish because the group, whose own co-founder has called it "a band of scientific illiterates," wants to minimize the consumption of all seafood.

PETA wants lighthouses to shine light on fish feelings.  As Lake Michigan ports go, Grand Haven is an angler's paradise.  If People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals gets its way, it also will be home to a lighthouse café — serving faux fish sticks — where patrons learn about the evils of fishing.

Benjamin Franklin Was Not An Animal Rights Activist.  Benjamin Franklin was a writer, humorist, businessman, scientist, inventor, musician, diplomat, politician, political theorist, and civic leader.  What he wasn't:  an animal rights activist.  But don't try telling that to vegan extremists who have been claiming the great inventor as one of their own.  It's not the first time wishful activist thinking has been substituted for facts.

December 30, 1986: Coal mine canaries made redundant.  More than 200 canary birds are being phased out of Britain's mining pits, according to new plans by the government.  Modern technology is being favoured over the long-serving yellow feathered friend of the miner in detecting harmful gases which may be present underground.  New electronic detectors will replace the bird because they are said to be cheaper in the long run and more effective in indicating the presence of pollutants in the air otherwise unnoticed by miners.

Buying Large Eggs is Cruel, Shoppers Told.  It might make a larger omelette but a bigger egg isn't necessarily a better one — and it certainly doesn't make the hen that laid it very happy.  That is the view of the chairman of the British Free Range Producers' Association, who says that if you want to be kind to hens, you should eat medium, not large or very large, eggs.

The Editor says...
The eggs on the store shelves have already been laid.  Why let them rot?

PETA protesting chicken dance at NASCAR.  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants the Guinness records people to ignore an attempt to set a new record for the chicken dance. ... KFC was the sponsor of the record attempt and PETA charges the Colonel is cruel to chickens.

Liberals upset to discover that turkeys don't grow in their freezer cases.  The delicate folks at Huffington Post who apparently thought that turkeys grew in the freezer case at their local supermarket, were upset to learn how turkeys really arrived at their table.  "After the pardon Palin proceeded to do an interview with a local TV station while the turkeys were being SLAUGHTERED in the background!!" ... Uh yeah, that's how it's done.  Those are the real working class folks you claim to worry about but you don't understand them.  Either accept it and enjoy your meal or dine on vegetarian alternatives.

The PETA Thanksgiving Kill-Joys.  The folks at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, otherwise known as PETA, are back again trying to take the joy out of Thanksgiving and by that I mean trying to convince people that eating turkey is not only bad for you, but a gross violation of turkey rights. ... PETA goes on to claim that "turkey flesh is brimming with fat" and that unidentified "experts are warning that a virulent new strain of bird flu could spread to human beings and kill millions of Americans."  That's right, we will either put on weight on Thanksgiving Day or we will die.

The Editor says...
If eating turkey was really as dangerous as the animal rights lunatics claim, the life expectancy in this country would be about 40.

Lawsuit chips away at fish research.  Fisheries scientists are continuing an experiment with fish that respond to a dinner bell like Pavlov's dogs, despite a pending US court order that could stop the study.  Food & Water Watch, a non-profit organization in Washington DC, is suing to halt research by scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, until further environmental analysis is completed.

Militants pushing meatless, petless society, seminar told.  Militant animal rights groups are using children to push their agenda of a meatless, petless society, a seminar on the growth of the animal rights movement was told this morning [8/8/2008].

PETA wants to advertise vegan message on border fence.  "We think that Mexicans and other immigrants should be warned if they cross into the U.S. they are putting their health at risk by leaving behind a healthier, staple diet of corn tortillas, beans, rice, fruits and vegetables," said Lindsay Rajt, assistant manager of PETA's vegan campaigns.

The Editor says...
If the PETA people think life is so bad here, maybe they should all go to Mexico.

Report claims experiments on monkeys are vital.  Vaccines for polio, life-support systems for premature babies, kidney dialysis treatments and stroke rehabilitation techniques have all come about as a result of testing on primates, as have treatments for Parkinson's disease and measures to prevent blindness in the elderly.

The U.N. Monkeys Around.  There is a concerted advocacy campaign underway across several disciplines aimed at knocking human beings off our pedestal of moral exceptionalism and redefining us as merely another animal in the forest. … The point of this ideological drive is to degrade our perceived self-worth so much that we will readily sacrifice human prosperity and welfare "to save the planet" or "for the animals," while undercutting the power of theistic religion in general, and Judeo-Christian moral teaching in particular, to influence public policies.

"Even If Animal Research Resulted In A Cure For AIDS, We'd Be Against It".  Most Americans would do anything in their power to save the life of a loved one diagnosed with a terminal illness.  But most Americans aren't members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).  The radical group dedicated to "total animal liberation" has made it clear that given the choice between saving the lives of sick people and lab rats, rodents should win every time.

Human vs Animal Rights.  It is an indisputable fact that many thousands of lives are saved by medical research on animals.  But animal rightists don't care.  PETA makes this frighteningly clear:  "Even if animal tests produced a cure for AIDS, we'd be against it."  Such is the "humanitarianism" of animal rights activists.

Celebutard of the Week:  PETA.  The dead-serious jokesters who run Hollywood's favorite terrorist organization, PETA, whose members are known to toss red paint on women wearing perfectly good fur coats, and enforcing punishing vegan diets on healthy carnivores through a disinformation campaign (meat is cruel! It'll kill you!) unseen since the days of the Soviet Union or the Clinton administration, are back at it.

PETA's "Chicken Empathy Museum" doesn't take off in Louisiana — surprise!  Sometimes you've got to figure the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are just trying to get their name in the paper.  And they're darned good at it.  It's looking like the "Chicken Empathy Museum" idea from PETA won't be happening in Louisiana any time soon.  Well, you know what, Sherlock?  If you're looking for empathy in Louisiana, "chicken" shouldn't be the first word out of your mouth.

PETA Wants To Buy SeaWorld And Free Shamu.  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants to buy a SeaWorld park, possibly the one in San Diego, free the animals inside and replace them with virtual reality exhibits, it was reported today.  Officials with the animal rights group say they have an anonymous donor willing to shell out big money to purchase at least one of SeaWorld's three parks, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

The Editor says...
Oh, yeah, that'll be a hot tourist destination after PETA takes over.

When animal rights go wrong:  They oppose kids keeping goldfish.  They oppose people riding horses.  They even oppose blind people using guide dogs.  But who would have thought that some so-called animal rights groups would end up promoting animal cruelty?  That is exactly what has happened with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal (PETA) protests calling for an immediate ban to mulesing.

Bear-attack survivor harassed by animal rights crusaders.  A B.C. man who clubbed a bear to death in self-defence is now defending himself from a smear campaign.  Jim West of 70 Mile House says angry animal-rights crusaders have been harassing him at home and impersonating him in e-mails to media outlets.  "I figure this is someone from PETA because I've had some people tracking me down and giving me the gears," said Mr. West, 45.

Golden Gate bridge may get anti-suicide net.  A stainless steel net may soon hang underneath the Golden Gate Bridge to stop people from attempting suicide by jumping off. … It will require an environmental review and further study before installation.

The Editor says...
In other words, if people die, that's okay, but if the net endangers animals, then it can't be installed.

PETA kills animals... by the thousands.  Hypocrisy is the mother of all credibility problems, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has it in spades.  While loudly complaining about the "unethical" treatment of animals by restaurant owners, grocers, farmers, scientists, anglers, and countless other Americans, the group has its own dirty little secret.

PETA Kills Pets.  The organization has practiced euthanasia for years.  Since 1998 PETA has killed more than 17,000 animals, nearly 85 percent of all those it has rescued.  Dalmatians may no longer be the breed of the day, but the problem of unwanted and abandoned pets is as urgent as ever.  Shelters around the country kill 4 million animals every year; by some estimates, more than 80 percent of them are healthy.

The Truth about PETA:  The more I learn about PETA, the less I think of them.  The story of them killing animals isn't even unusual.  According to PETA's own filings, in 2004 PETA killed 86.3 percent of the animals entrusted to its care — a number that's rising, not falling.  Meanwhile, the SPCA in PETA's home town (Norfolk, Va.) was able to find loving homes for 73 percent of the animals put in its care.  A shortage of funds?  Nope:  last year PETA took in $29 million in tax-exempt donations.

PETA Kills.  With no apparent sense of irony, they chose the dumpster of a Piggly Wiggly supermarket to drop off the carcasses, wrapped in black plastic bags.  Among them were a mother cat with her two very healthy kittens, and seven little puppies -- dead by injection.  Nor did either of them appear to evince the slightest cognitive dissonance in acting as agents, and employees, of the very inaptly named "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals".  For at least two months they had been slaughtering and dumping animals that they obtained under false pretenses from shelters:  they assured the attendants they would find the adoptable animals 'good homes.'

Update:
North Carolina PETA workers cleared of animal cruelty, convicted of littering.  A jury cleared two animal rights workers of animal cruelty charges Friday for euthanizing cats and dogs they took from shelters, but both were convicted of littering for dumping the carcasses in a trash bin.

[Since when is it considered "littering" to put trash in a trash bin?  I guess the PETA people were in no position to argue any further.]

PETA's Latest Tactic:  $1 Million for Fake Meat.  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants to pay a million dollars for fake meat — even if it has caused a "near civil war" within the organization. … Lisa Lange, a vice president of the organization, said she was part of the heated exchange.  "My main concern is, as the largest animal rights organization in the world, it's our job to introduce the philosophy and hammer it home that animals are not ours to eat."  Ms. Lange added, "I remember saying I would be much more comfortable promoting eating roadkill."

The Editor says...
For the benefit of those of you who are too cool to go to church, let me point out that God himself made it clear (see quote from Genesis, Chapter 9, at the bottom of this page) that the animals are "ours to eat."  Ms. Lange apparently does not know or believe that, which explains her misguided participation in PETA.

Semi-naked KFC protest.  Three woman have been arrested for a semi-naked protest over the treatment of chickens outside a KFC restaurant in Sydney today.  The topless women from animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) were arrested this afternoon while protesting outside the CBD restaurant over KFC's alleged treatment of chickens in factories and slaughterhouses.

PETA Rival Howls.  A consumer-rights group is happier than a pig in mud now that two PETA activists are being tried for animal cruelty — and is crowing about the irony in a full-page newspaper ad. … According to prosecutors, the two were arrested on felony charges during a June 2005 stakeout after they were caught dumping bags filled with dead dogs and cats in a trash bin behind a Piggly Wiggly supermarket.  The van they emptied was registered to PETA.

Briefly Noted:  Yum Brands, which owns Kentucky Fried Chicken, offered $1 million for a site in Norfolk, Virginia, not knowing the identity of its owner, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Foundation.  PETA said it would give the company the property for free if KFC adopted new chicken treatment guidelines.  Yum refused, the New York Times reported. "We don't do business with corporate terrorists and, therefore, we no longer have any interest in this property," a KFC spokeswoman said.

I guess they changed their position.
'Kentucky Fried Cruelty' comes to an end.  Following a five-year roasting by animal-rights activists, KFC Canada is promising improved welfare for the chickens it buys for its fast-food outlets in exchange for an end to a boycott campaign that will continue in the U.S. and elsewhere. … Among other things, the deal obliges KFC Canada to begin buying from suppliers who use gas to kill their chickens painlessly, considered to be the least cruel method of slaughter.

PETA protests horse racing industry.  Their cause fuelled by the tragic death of Eight Belles in the Kentucky Derby, representatives from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals protested outside Pimlico on Saturday before the Preakness.  The protesters handed out leaflets that suggested horses in the industry are "Racing to the Grave."

Texas appeals court:  Monkeys and chimps can't sue.  A Texas appeals court has affirmed a lower court decision that nine chimpanzees and monkeys that were brought to the Primarily Primates sanctuary in 2006 don't have a legal right to sue.  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had sought to gain legal standing for the primates transferred from Ohio State University to the sanctuary after they were retired.

Who's the problem:  coyotes or humans?  St. Helens city council chambers were so crowded June 18th that people sat on the floor and were standing in the hall, eager to hear about Columbia County's local neighbor, the coyote.  "As pet owners we have to abide by all pet laws, but apparently we are once again living in the dark ages of Europe, with wild dogs running around everywhere," said a frustrated man in the crowd.  The real problem is fear, said local a local tracker and wilderness survival expert Kellan Scáth. "People live in ignorant fear of what they do not understand," said Scáth.  "Coyote is our brother.  He is more connected to Mother Earth than we are."

The Editor says...
Here's a clue:  Any time you hear people mention "Mother Earth" in an argument, they probably will not participate in a rational debate.

Hunt for "babies" (cats) endangers fire crew.  [Tucson] firefighters entered a burning house Monday [12/6/2004] looking for children after a woman told them her three babies were inside.  Officials later learned she was referring to her pet cats.

Couple appealing 'farm animal' ruling.  To Stephen and Linda Voith, practitioners of the Krishna Consciousness branch of Hinduism, their four cows and a goat are like members of their family and are afforded special, protected status under their religion.

Elephant killed in crash is 'on par' with human.  A court [in India] has awarded £6,850 in compensation for an elephant that was killed in a road accident, on the ground that it was a "living being at par with a human being".

Court Won't Declare Chimp a Person.  Animal rights activists campaigning to get Pan, a 26-year-old chimpanzee, legally declared a person vowed Thursday [9/27/2007] to take their challenge to Austria's Supreme Court after a lower court threw out their latest appeal.

Idiot Compassion:  One of the most important developments in the West has been the study and practice of Eastern religions and "ways."  Zen Buddhism, for instance, is thought of by those who practice it, as a way rather than a religion.  These religions and ways, particularly Buddhism, are thought of as the fonts of compassion.  Buddhists are thought to be unwilling to harm even a mosquito.  Hence the occasional story about a temple over-run with rats or monkeys because the attendant monks are unwilling to harm these creatures.  They believe that the rodents or simians have as much right to their sacred spaces as any other being.

The human zoo?  If the humans were just another primate, other primates — like monkeys — would make zoos.  Ditto gorillas.  Fact is, humans are the only primates that create zoos, which means humans are not just another primate.

In the UK:
Animal law will give pets their own 'bill of rights'.  Pets are to be given five "freedoms" under new legislation before Parliament that aims to raise the standards of welfare by fining or jailing owners who neglect their animals.  The freedoms include appropriate diet, suitable living conditions, companionship or solitude as appropriate, monitoring for abnormal behaviour and protection from pain, suffering, injury and disease.

Animal-rights group barks back with civil rights claim.  An animal rights group charged with terrorizing municipal employees has filed a $3 million civil rights claim against the city of Los Angeles.

Hunters, Anti-Hunters Duke It Out Over Doves.  A Michigan ballot initiative on dove hunting is pitting hunters against animal "rights" activists — and people against politicians.  Two years ago, the Michigan Legislature passed a bill allowing dove hunting in the state for the first time in 99 years.  But critics accused state lawmakers of bowing to the will of hunters and pro-gun groups.

Dog-fur coats make comeback at J.C. Penney.  J.C. Penney Co. removed some fur-trimmed coats from its racks around Christmas after animal-rights activists objected that the fur came from wild dogs in China. Last week, the department-store company put the coats back on the racks — but only after directing employees to use marker pens to blot out the line on the label that identified the trim as raccoon fur.

Fur flies as Elle tries to escape contract.  Elle Macpherson is trying to get out of a $2.3 million contract to promote fur after receiving a threat from animal rights activists.  The 42-year-old model, who signed on as the new "face" of Blackglama mink in July, believes she will be terrorised by anti-fur extremists.

Animal Scam:  The modern animal rights movement is not what it seems.  Today's activists have perverted once-sensible animal welfare goals by putting animals ahead of human beings and employing a "by any means necessary" philosophy to achieve their goals of "total animal liberation."  Led by PETA, the Humane Society of the United States, and other activist groups, the animal liberation movement does not seek to improve animals' lives.  Its goal is to place unnecessary restrictions on ordinary people like you.

Anglers attacked by animal extremists.  A gang of masked animal rights activists has attacked a group of anglers, prompting fears that extremists are determined to widen the scope of their campaign of intimidation.  The 35 masked extremists had earlier disrupted a grouse shoot before being moved on by police.  A handful of people, some of them families, was enjoying a day out at the Bank House fly fishery, at Caton, near Lancaster, when the saboteurs arrived.

Nature must not be worshipped.  If you care about good and evil, you cannot worship nature.  And since that is what God most cares about, nature worship is antithetical to Judeo-Christian values.  Nature surely reflects the divine.  It is in no way divine.  Only nature's Creator is.

The Sanctity of Human Life.  The sanctity of human life is first described in the Holy Bible in Genesis 1:27 (NIV):  "So God created man in his own image; in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them."  Scholars note that being created in the image of God (imago Dei) means more than having certain abilities and attributes.  It means that humans are the images of God, regardless of what they can or cannot do.  To bear the image of the Creator is a privilege extended uniquely to humans.  No other "creation" of God can make this claim.

Eco-misanthropes want better living through mass death.  Most ecologists want to make life easy for butterflies and waterfalls.  Who can argue with that?  Some environmental extremists, however, think what Earth really needs is fewer people.  In some cases, billions fewer.

If Minneapolis denounces Dumbo, could Sparky the Seal or Shamu be next?  [Minneapolis City] Council members Cam Gordon and Ralph Remington want to change city laws to bar circuses from bringing exotic animals like elephants and tigers into the city. … Animal rights activists often claim that elephants walk 25 miles a day in the wild, and are unduly confined in circuses.

PETA Argued That Elephants Were Better Off Dead Than In U.S. Zoos.  In an effort to force passage of a city-wide ordinance that would effectively ban elephants from zoos and circuses, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is parading a steady stream of elephant "experts" in front of Chicago reporters.  What the media won't hear, however, is PETA's own dismal record regarding the welfare of elephants and other animals.

What Do Alec Baldwin the "Physicians Committee" Have in Common?  Despite its attempt to portray itself as a mainstream medical charity, the animal-rights-oriented Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) acknowledges that its membership is almost completely comprised of individuals who don't hold medical degrees. … PETA and PCRM are so closely connected that they should be considered "a single fundraising unit."

20 Years of Animal Rights Propaganda Disguised as Medical Advice.  The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a wolf in sheep's clothing.  PCRM is a fanatical animal rights group that seeks to remove eggs, milk, meat and seafood from the American diet, and to eliminate the use of animals in scientific research.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine   is an animal rights group.  Less than 5 percent of its members are actual physicians.  The group's goals are to stop medical research that requires the use of animals, and to remove meat and dairy foods from our diet by demonizing them as "unhealthy."

Better dead than fed, PETA says.  Last week, two PETA employees were charged with 31 felony counts of animal cruelty each, after authorities found them dumping the dead bodies of 18 animals they had just picked up from a North Carolina animal shelter in a Dumpster.  According to The Associated Press, 13 more dead animals were found in a van registered to PETA.

PETA workers face 25 felony counts in North Carolina.  The cats and dogs two PETA employees have been charged with euthanizing and dumping in an Ahoskie garbage bin were killed by injections of pentobarbital, a barbiturate commonly used to put down animals, according to new warrants issued and served on Friday [10/14/2005].

Behind PETA's lettuce curtain:  Here's what PETA didn't want you to see:  two PETA employees attending a court hearing Tuesday in North Carolina on charges they killed and dumped 31 cats and dogs in a shopping center's trash bins.  While the court case is pending, the controversy swirling around PETA and associated animal rights extremists, is again Page One news.  Veterinarian clinics and animal shelters turned the pets over to PETA in hopes they could be adopted.  Instead, they were killed by an organization dedicated to "ethical" treatment of animals.

PETA Animal Shelter Contribution Refused.  "While construction of the county animal shelter is a priority, I cannot, in good faith, accept an offer from a group like PETA when they support and finance groups that engage in arson, harassment and vandalism in the name of their political agenda," [County Commissioner Brent] Hunter said.

PETA Kills Animals.  We're Serious.  It's true.  PETA has been running its own doggie death chamber since at least July 1998.  Through the end of 2003, PETA killed over 10,000 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens at its Norfolk, Virginia headquarters.  That's more than five animals every day.  Instead of actually caring for these thousands of pets (the same creatures PETA calls "companion animals"), the group killed them.  And PETA continues to lecture the rest of us.

Elsewhere in the world, animals are given no consideration at all.
Chinese county clubs to death 50,000 dogs.  China slaughtered 50,000 dogs in a government-ordered crackdown after three people died of rabies, sparking unusually pointed criticism in state media Tuesday [8/1/2006] and an outcry from animal rights activists. … Dogs being walked were seized from their owners and beaten to death on the spot, the Shanghai Daily newspaper reported.  Led by the county police chief, killing teams entered villages at night creating noise to get dogs barking, then beat the animals to death, the reports said.

Aquarium Shouldn't Serve Fish, PETA Says.  An animal rights group wants the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach to gut its cafeteria menu of fish and seafood, arguing that "serving fish at an aquarium is like serving poodle burgers at a dog show."

Commentary:
No, it's more like selling hot dogs and hamburgers at the Fort Worth Stock Show.  If the Aquarium is big enough to have a cafeteria, it's doing pretty well.  If people are buying seafood there, it benefits the Aquarium.  Isn't that a good thing?

Bear Lobby Mauls the First Amendment.  One of the arguments in favor of public broadcasting was that public TV would be independent and willing to take risks.  But New Jersey public television has yanked a documentary because it upset the animal rights movement.  The film, titled, "Bears:  Too Close for Comfort," could possibly have saved lives by alerting people in New Jersey to the very real threat posed by black bears, some weighing 500 pounds, on the prowl for food.  Marauding black bears in the state are attacking people, including young children.

Animal rights extremists gone wild:  [Animal rights terrorists] see the Hall family as killers who must be stopped by any means necessary.  And for six long years they tried.  Death threats, bomb threats, and vandalism were just a few of the tools the terrorists used to try and stop the Halls from breeding their guinea pigs.  Nothing worked.  That's when the creeps decided to dig up the Hall's grandmother.

Update:
Animal rights gang jailed for 12 years to deter 'lunatics'.  Four animal rights extremists who conducted a six-year campaign of terror against the owners of a guinea pig breeding farm, which culminated in the theft of a pensioner's body from her grave, were jailed yesterday [5/12/2006].

Town told to drop the dead fish contest.  There was outrage and sadness in a Dorset fishing town yesterday [7/29/2006] as locals mourned the death of a cherished tradition, killed off after complaints from animal rights activists.  Since time immemorial, or at least since 1974, the denizens of Lyme Regis have gathered on the harbour to indulge in the traditional sport of the conger:  a game of skill and balance involving a dead eel.

Animal "Rights" and the New Man Haters.  In the name of so-called "animal rights," terrorists have committed hundreds of violent crimes. They have vandalized or fire bombed meat companies, fur stores, fast-food restaurants, leather shops and medical research laboratories across North America.  The animal "rights" movement, however, is not about the humane treatment of animals.  Its goal is the animalistic treatment of human beings.  According to these terrorists, it is immoral to eat meat, to wear fur coats or leather shoes, and to use animals in researchŅeven if it would lead to cures for deadly diseases.  The terrorists are unmoved by the indisputable fact that animal research saves human lives.

PETA is neither kind nor gentle.  The modern animal rights movement parted ways with the warm and fuzzy kitten huggers years ago.  And with its long history of supporting animal-rights violence, PETA is the poster child for what's wrong with the movement.  In 2001, PETA actually wrote a check to the Earth Liberation Front, the arson-happy ecoterrorists who frequently torch SUVs and construction sites.

It's Us or Them:  Deer on the Highway can be Deadly.  Last year, more than 200 drivers in the nation were killed in motor vehicle accidents involving animals.  About 75 percent of those accidents involved deer, according to a recent study released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.  The numbers are from an Highway Safety Administration database that tracked the fatalities from 1992-2003.

Too Many Deer in New Jersey.  Why not pass a statewide law that makes it a whole lot easier for deer removal town-by-town.  This nuisance species could be culled by animal control professionals without endless protests by a handful of people who think that deer are cute.  Raccoons are cute, too, but nobody weeps as they are trapped and removed.

The Myth of Animal Rights.  Animals make good companions, provide an endless source of entertainment, and make excellent research test subjects.  They're cute, cuddly, and often quite tasty.  While one can truthfully say many wonderful things about animals, one cannot truthfully say that animals have rights.  Animals are property to be possessed, cultivated, or disposed of as their human owners see fit.

Without man, the environment is insignificant.  Nature in and of itself has no purpose without the existence of human beings to appreciate it.

The case for Judeo-Christian values:  Part IV.  Would you first save the dog you love or a stranger if both were drowning?  The answer depends on your value system.

This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2013 by Andrew K. Dart



Lobster, anyone?
None for me, thanks.

I'm no animal rights fanatic, as you can tell, but I have never eaten a lobster.  I'm certainly not in favor of boiling live animals, unless they're microscopic health hazards.  Inevitably, bad things happen to animals before they become food, but I'd rather not support the lobster industry, just because of the way lobsters are prepared.

Whole Foods Bans the Sale of Live Lobsters.  Customers craving fresh crustaceans will have to look beyond Whole Foods Market Inc. after the natural-foods grocery chain decided Thursday [6/15/2006] to stop selling live lobsters and crabs on the grounds that it's inhumane.  The Austin-based grocer spent seven months studying the sale of live lobsters from ship to supermarket aisle, trying to determine whether the creatures suffer along the way.

Lobsters in the News.  Getting boiled to death doesn't hurt, if you're a lobster.  According to a new Norweigian study, scientists at the University of Oslo conclude that a lobster's simple nervous system and underdeveloped brain keep it from experiencing pain in the pot.  What about all that thrashing?  Just an escape reflex.  As biologist Mike Loughlin says, "It's a semantic thing:  No brain, no pain."

The lobstermen are steamed.  Lobsters are not just "caught," after all.  They're fed and ranched over a bay floor nearly covered with traps.  They walk in and out of the traps in search of their free lunch.  They are hauled up and thrown back for about seven years until they reach legal size and are sent to market.

Couple face lobster cruelty charge.  A restaurant boss and his wife are to go on trial accused of mistreating lobsters in their upmarket Italian restaurant, it emerged today.  The couple, who have not been named, were charged after health inspectors found that live lobsters were on display for potential customers on packs of crushed ice and not inside a water tank. ... Most lobsters in Italy are hard shells and arrive from northern Europe and North America packed in ice.



Animal Rights Lunatic Is A Dog's Best Friend.  Last week, students at the University of Iowa participated in their school's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Week. Despite the event's emphasis on human rights, Steven Best — philosophy chair at the University of Texas El Paso and co-founder of the Animal Liberation Press Office along with Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine spokesperson Jerry Vlasak — managed to worm his way onto the speakers' list and make the case for his decidedly anti-human agenda.  Speaking to over 100 horrified spectators, Best said he'd sacrifice the life of a stranger to save his dog.

New Voices For The "Leaderless" Lunatic Fringe:  When animal-rights hoodlums vandalized two McDonald's restaurants in the Los Angeles area last month, neither the Associated Press nor the Los Angeles Times was able to find anyone from the shadowy Animal Liberation Front (ALF) to comment on its crimes. … Speaking on behalf of the ALF requires one to communicate detailed knowledge of violent crimes while claiming, straight-faced, to have no clue who the perpetrators are.

Sharpton Joins With an Animal Rights Group in Calling for a Boycott of KFC.  The Rev. Al Sharpton will not eat at KFC and he doesn't think you should either.  Starting today [2/2/2005], Mr. Sharpton is joining forces with the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to urge a boycott of KFC, which is owned by Yum Brands of Louisville, Ky.

[Hey, Al... Where do ribs come from?]

Coyotes Have Community Howling Mad.  Residents in a gated community just outside San Jose are howling mad:  They say they're being terrorized by a family of coyotes that has moved in, and they're getting no support from the city to get rid of them.  Neighbors said the coyotes follow people home, skulk around garages and have even stalked local children.  ... But city council members voted against allowing residents to trap the coyotes out of what one council member called his deep respect for all life.  [With the exception of human life.]

PETA Thug Arrested.  Billy Prusinowski, a 19-year-old college student, was arraigned last week on second-degree assault charges in Syracuse, NY. Police say Billy punched a fellow teenager in the face so hard that he needed to see an eye surgeon.  They also say he's "affiliated with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals," according to the Syracuse Post Standard.  When Billy arrived at his arraignment, the paper adds, "he had PETA literature and what appeared to be a member card with him."  Police Captain Tom Winn told the Post Standard that this "vicious assault" was motivated by the victim's family business.  The victim's father, you see, owns a fur store.

[Sounds like a hate crime, but are such charges pending?  Probably not.]

Our land or theirs?  When Californians hunted lions, lions didn't hunt them.  Now man and beast are switching roles.  Nothing more starkly exemplifies how environmentalist ideology has turned upside down the way man views his relationship with nature.  When Americans first went west, we unabashedly went to conquer the wild things and bring them under our dominion.  Now we aren't sure if this is our land or theirs.

Animal rites:  If you think there is a limit to how much childishness there is among Californians, you may want to reconsider — especially for Californians in academic communities.

Animal Wrongs.  [Scroll down]  Humans are biologically omnivorous, and meat is a natural, nutritious food source.  I respect those who don't eat meat for ethical reasons, who refuse to eat anything with a face.  But I see it as akin to monasticism.  A monk is not more moral than a married couple that has normal sexual relations.  The fact that some people choose not to eat meat doesn't make those who do any less moral.

Save the Whales, Save the Earth, or Save the Humans?  As the apex of God's creation, man was given dominion over the earth and the animal kingdom (Genesis 1:29-30). If you are trying to use the Bible to support animal rights and vegetarianism, friend you are barking up the wrong tree.

 Editor's Note:   The scripture quoted at the bottom of this page indicates that people didn't eat meat until Noah and his family survived the flood and left the ark.  Prior to that time, even if people were vegetarians, man still had dominion over the animals, and still does.

Veganism Is Murder.  PETA — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals — is at it again.  When actress Jessica Simpson recently wore a T-shirt bearing the words "Real Girls Eat Meat," the animal-rights zealots pounced.  "Jessica Simpson might have a right to wear what she wants," a PETA spokesperson said, "but she doesn't have a right to eat what she wants — eating meat is about suffering and death."

The Editor says...
Fortunately PETA is neither the source nor the arbiter of our rights.

Human Rights vs. Animal Rights.  (Book review)  Putting Humans First is the only book I have encountered that views today's environmental movement from a historical and philosophical perspective and convincingly argues why we have been on the wrong track.  Putting Humans First should become the gold standard for warm and friendly human beings endeavoring to understand and explain why, though we may love animals and nature, they are intrinsically inferior to humans.  They warrant "rights" only as we humans define them.

Animal cracker:  PETA activists are menacing children at performances of "The Nutcracker" in 20 U.S. cities — giving them handouts that read, "Your Mommy Kills Animals."

Individuals Involved with Animal Rights Issues.  [Peter Singer] deems it wrong to assign greater inherent value to human beings than to any other form of animal life -- be it a bird, a fish, or a mouse.  He rejects the Biblical notion that mankind is nature's steward and master; that humans have souls and animals do not; and that people are uniquely made in the image of God. ... Notwithstanding his opposition to the killing of animals, Singer believes that human parents should be legally permitted to kill a "severely disabled" infant up to 28 days after its birth if they deem the baby's life not worth living.

Your Kids, PETA's Pawns.  PETA targets children as young as six years old for indoctrination with violent and graphic propaganda, according to a new report from the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF).  The $24 million animal rights group targets kids at every age level, sidestepping parents and school authorities to lure young and impressionable children into radical activism.  Some of these same children mature into hard-core animal rights criminals.



Animal rights naturally lead to plant rights

Forget Abortion! NPR Promotes The 'Rights' and 'Souls' of Plants.  As liberal reporters obsess and nearly faint in the waning days of the campaign that conservatives would dare to assert a right to life for a human being conceived in rape, NPR.org offers a better idea:  Plants deserve rights.  The NPR headline:  "Recognizing the Right of Plants to Evolve."

Get ready for 'plant rights'.  You just knew it was coming:  At the request of the Swiss government, an ethics panel has weighed in on the "dignity" of plants and opined that the arbitrary killing of flora is morally wrong.  This is no hoax.  The concept of what could be called "plant rights" is being seriously debated.

Good grief: Now, it's pea personhood!  Just when you thought things could not get any weirder: Last Sunday, The New York Times — of course! — ran a piece in its Sunday opinion section by a university professor — of course! — claiming that it is unethical to eat certain plants.

PETA Principles:  An open letter to PETA which asks (among many other things), "If PETA does launch a 'plant rights' campaign, will it include weeds?  If so, does that mean that your members will have to quit smoking weed?  Do you know, roughly, what percentage of the women in your organization have had abortions?"

Update:
PETA responds!  But unfortunately the abortion question was considered "just too absurd to warrant an answer".  (Translation:  touché!)

Another update:
Noah responds to PETA!  PETA's members clearly see the human fetus as a lower form of life than chickens, dogs, mice, and rabbits.  This position is hard to comprehend as you watch an unborn baby via ultrasound.  To see them yawn and rub their eyes and playfully move about in the womb is to see the work of God inside a human sanctuary.  It is a place that should be free from the abortionist's instruments.  It is a place where God's will, not the will of man, should be allowed to run its course.



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The PETA Principle:  Lab Rats Over Sick Kids.  The lunatics at PETA continue to use their tax-exempt millions thwarting contributions to health charities like the March of Dimes, the American Red Cross, and the American Heart Association.

They're Coming After Your Milkshakes, Shoes, And Holiday Turkey.  Genesis [1:26] notwithstanding, will pigs soon be equal to people?  Itīs not a silly idea to animal rights activists.  David Barbarash, spokesman for the violent Animal Liberation Front, says:  "We don't see the difference between the inherent rights of a human and the inherent rights of an animal."

People and Predation:  The biocentric eco-activists who seek the removal of industrial civilization from North America consider human life just another link in the food chain.

Lethally Blonde:  Taking young relatives to movies can be a dangerous thing.  At Legally Blonde 2, I wasn't expecting much beyond vapid dialogue, stylish clothes and accessories, and a cute rat-sized Chihuahua thrown in for good measure.  What I got was a down and dirty indoctrination in PETA's animal rights ideology, along with a subplot on the wonders of homosexual relationships.

Governments Sacrifice Humans for Bears.  The government has become an agent of nature-worshiping environmentalists who value pristine nature above human life.

For the Birds:  Most people agree with me that people are way more important than chickens.  But some people don't agree.  And want to stop us from eating chicken, believe it or not.  And speak as if chickens are more important than people.

Animal Rights:  In the last 15 years, Americans have become increasingly aware of the animal rights movement.  Through demonstrations, boycotts, letter-writing campaigns, criminal and terrorist acts, and lurid charges of animal abuse directed at animal researchers, livestock and poultry farmers, and others who use animals, animal rights organizations are challenging the traditional roles of animals in our lives.

Animal Rights and Ecoterrorism:  The Price We Pay.  Chronologies of Animal Rights and Environmental Terrorism [PDF file]

Magistrate clears activist who tried to save Channel Island rats:  (AP)-  A federal magistrate has cleared an environmental activist who attempted to thwart government efforts to rid the Channel Islands of black rats.

Political Radicalism and Animal Rights:  PETA.  Compared to traditional humane societies, People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals is a relative newcomer.  Founded in 1980, PETA has quickly become one of the best-funded and most recognized animal rights group in the nation.  PETA targets corporations for alleged mistreatment of animals and often succeeds even though its allegations lack merit.

Protecting the environment:  California's San Bernardino County was just about ready to build a new hospital.  That was until the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department discovered that the endangered flower-loving Delhi Sands fly was found on the site.  The county had to spend $4.5 million to move the hospital 250 feet; it also had to divert funds from its medical mission to pay for mandated Delhi Sands fly studies.

Christianity Harmful to Animals, Says Animal Rights Godfather:  Princeton University Professor Peter Singer, dubbed the "godfather" of animal rights, says Christianity is a "problem" for the animal rights movement.  Singer, author of the book "Animal Liberation" and a professor of bioethics at Princeton University's Center for Human Values, criticized American Christianity for its fundamentalist strain that takes the Bible too "literally" and promotes "speciesism."  He defined speciesism as the belief that being a member of a certain species "makes you superior to any other being that is not a member of that species."

Toys before swine:  I didn't make this up:  New European Commission regulations require pig farmers to put "manipulable material" that provides "environmental enrichment" in pigsties. By which, the Eurocrats apparently mean, even if it's not set out explicitly in the new regs:  Toys for pigs; it's the law.

PETA likens chickens to Holocaust victims:  Animal-rights activists launch a campaign against meat eaters.



Foie Gras, anyone?

Chicagoans Force-Fed Animal Rights Nonsense.  Ducking the opportunity to stand up to animal-rights extremists, the Chicago City Council voted on Wednesday [4/26/2006] to outlaw the sale of the delicacy foie gras.

Update:
Suit cries foul over foie gras ban.  Four months ago, the City Council opened itself up to ridicule by banning foie gras, a liver delicacy most Chicagoans have never tasted and cannot afford.  Now, the ordinance that made sarcastic headlines around the world will open Chicago taxpayers up to costly legal bills.

Busybody politicians, get off our backs.  If you want to buy or sell foie gras in a Chicago restaurant, you'll have to break the law. … City officials say cracking down on foie gras pushers won't be a high priority.  But the law is on the books, ready whenever the authorities want to harass some troublesome restaurateur.  In this case the politicians are catering to the animal-rights lobby, which complains that geese and ducks are force-fed to make the fattened-liver paste.  (The American Veterinary Medical Association investigated the process and has abstained from condemning it.)

The Editor says...
I had never heard of it.  Apparently it's some kind of dish made from goose liver.

Au revoir to foie gras.  No more will foie gras in any of its lusciously fatty forms appear on menus in any of Wolfgang Puck's restaurants. … Over the next few months, his restaurants will [also] stop buying eggs from caged chickens and meat from animals raised in crates — including the veal for his signature Wiener Schnitzel, served in all 14 of Puck's fine-dining restaurants.  Seafood will come from certified sustainable fisheries.  More organic and local produce is also part of the plan.

Chicago Issues First $250 Fine to Hot Dog Seller for Foie Gras.  The city issued its first foie gras fine to a hot dog seller of all people, accusing "Hot Doug's" of violating a Chicago ban by lacing its specialty dogs with the duck liver delicacy.



Protecting Squid Before Sailors:  Osama bin Laden gets help from the strangest creatures.  As America's military struggles to prepare its forces for the War on Terror, radical environmentalists are using marine life — whales, dolphins, and even squid — to try to block sea-based training exercises and technological innovations needed to ensure combat readiness.

Government Helping Gaia Movement Take Land Away From Humans:  While the nation's attention is riveted on the war on terrorism, business corruption, church scandals, and the kidnaping of children, another war to subjugate American citizens goes unnoticed except by those in the cross-hairs.  This war is being waged inside our borders.  The apostles of Gaia, with the help of principle-less elected officials and Quisling Clerks, are advancing their agenda, the depopulation of large areas of the country, a.k.a. The Wildlands Project.

Treading new Turf:  Animal activists invaded a 4-H livestock area at the California state fair, urging the kids to let their prize animals live, rather than end up as someone's dinner.  A report in the Sacramento Bee said the activists were not well-received.

Dead Snake Costs California $1 Million:  When California officials found a garter snake lying dead at a construction site, alarm bells rang and state officials scurried around while all work was shut down for over two weeks to unlock the mystery surrounding the tiny serpent's death.

Words get pet lovers' hackles up:  A proposal by the city Animal Services Commission to officially replace the term "pet owners" with "pet guardians" has sparked a cat fight among Los Angeles City Council members and some pet lovers.  The proposal has led to concerns that it could make the city vulnerable to lawsuits or change the liability people have for their pets.

Just How Crazy Are They?:  In an "open letter" to Vegan Voice, a publication for vegetarians, Karen Davis of United Poultry Concerns, compares the lives of more than 3,000 men and women who died in the World Trade Center attack to the lives of CHICKENS.

PETA Under Attack for Funding Alleged Eco-Terrorists:  As concerns about eco-terrorism mount on Capitol Hill, there is more finger-pointing aimed at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which admits to having provided financial support to a group allegedly connected to the terrorism.

The Death Toll of Environmentalism:  If we accept the idea that there is a tradeoff between the lives of humans and the lives of fish, or birds, or bugs -- where will that lead us?  Are these four dead firefighters just the symptoms of a broader trend?

Green Bigots vs. Human Beings:  Nature worship is fine for those who want it.  I have nothing against faith-based organizations.  A theocracy imposing its will on others is something else, even when it is a theocracy of nature-worshippers.

The Earth is Mankind's Garden:  If the welfare of human life was the standard by which we judged industry and technology, there would be no reason to have a day like "Earth Day."  Rather than the environmentalists parading their assault on anything and everything that is a mark of human existence on the planet, we would instead celebrate industry and technology as the very means by which mankind has moved into an era of happiness, health and prosperity.

Windmills vs. Squirrels?

Ag Secretary 'Disturbed' By PETA Remarks on Foot-and-Mouth:  Americans have watched as the disease has claimed some two million head of livestock in the British Isles, and the U.S. government has stepped up efforts to prevent the disease from making it across the Atlantic.  So when an official with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said foot-and-mouth disease might not be such a bad thing for America, ears perked up.

PETA Targets Boy Scouts Fishing Merit Badge:  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is now targeting the Boy Scouts of America because of a merit badge given to members who exhibit a mastery of fishing, an activity PETA claims "[teaches] young people that hooking, maiming, suffocating, and killing [fish] is acceptable."

Animal Rights Activists Say Media Promotes 'Legalized Cruelty':  The Fund for Animals, an animal rights organization, is urging more than 2,000 newspapers nationwide and several major sports networks to stop publishing outdoor columns and airing hunting programs because of what it calls an "endorsement" of animal cruelty.

New Case Pits Fish vs. Farmers:  Nevada farmers are finding themselves caught in an increasingly familiar battle that pits their survival against that of some favored fish.

Environmentalists Square Off in Squirrel Squabble:  When a Pacific Northwest utility company announced in January [2001] it would build the world's largest wind power plant, it came at a moment when the West was feeling the pinch of energy-starved California.  But there's a problem:  The Washington ground squirrels, which are protected under the Oregon Endangered Species Act.

PETA Protesters Storm Virginia Wendy's:  Patrons at a Wendy's fast food restaurant in Vienna, Virginia, were interrupted during the lunch hour Tuesday when three people posing as customers suddenly blocked the counter and yelled, "This Wendy's is closed because of the unfair treatment of animals.  Please go home."

Sparrow death mars record attempt.  The shooting of a sparrow on the set of a Dutch world record domino-toppling attempt sparked outrage among animal lovers and led to threats to staff.

Enemies here threaten food:  On the same day America was directly attacked for the first time in six decades, the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) were taking credit for the burning of a McDonald's in Tucson.  "Make no mistake about it," FBI special agent David Szady told 60 Minutes this year, "by any sense or any definition, (ELF) is a true domestic-terrorism group."

Big government is still the problem:  Porpoises are protected from welfare dependency, but not people.

Leftists Plan Protests Against NRA-H&R Block Promotion:  An organization aligned with a left-wing coalition of animal rights, homosexual and abortion advocacy groups is targeting one of the nation's largest tax preparation services for its promotion with the National Rifle Association.

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"And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.  And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.  Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things."
Genesis 9:1-3    

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