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.
fisherman: Facebook removed photo of huge hammerhead shark for violating site rules. Corpus Christi
fisherman Eric Ozolins posted some amazing photos last weekend of a giant hammerhead shark he caught on Facebook, but the
social media site reportedly removed the photos Wednesday for violating terms and policy. "Facebook had removed my
recent post and hammerhead photos due to going against 'terms and policy'." Ozolins said on Facebook. "Wow. There
was not a single thing against any terms etc. Not that I am worried about it, I'm just amazed (or rather appalled) by how
they can gain influence from uneducated tree-huggers and break their own rules to remove something rather innocent despite all
the other horrendous stuff they fail to remove on their actual system."
You Were Crying Over a Dead Ape, 125,000 Babies Were Just Murdered. If you make the mistake of reading the
reactions on Twitter or in the comments section under articles about this incident, you'll find that a good number of folks
think this should have been settled by "survival of the fittest." Let the preschooler and the quarter ton beast work it out
between them. If that means a child is ripped apart, so be it. [...] There is no real controversy here. It is very
simple. And anyone who struggles with it is disturbed on a deep, spiritual level. That's why we ought to be terrified
that so many people would not only place the ape and the child on the same level, but even put the ape above the child.
It's comforting to imagine that these people occupy a very small, isolated corner of our society, but that would be wishful
thinking. There are, I'm afraid, a huge number of Americans who would watch that video of the gorilla dragging the boy
and feel a greater dread for the gorilla's fate than the boy's.
The Editor says...
There's another angle of this story, too: Over the last 20 or 30 years, zoos have given exotic African names to all the big showcase primates and
other mammals (e.g., giraffes) with African origins. This helps to personify them and make the poorly educated visitors love them even more.
In the case of a gorilla who has taken possession of an intruding child, when it becomes necessary to have a sniper kill the gorilla, it would be a lot
less of a publicity problem if the gorilla's name was Steve or Charlie, rather than Harambe.
People Complain About Harambe the Gorilla's Death, Thousands of Babies are Aborted. [Scroll down] This
incongruent concern for animals but not unborn children was recently seen in New Zealand. A 24 year old Danish student
tourist, Rasmus Zetner, was fined $10,000 by Judge Brian Callaghan in the Christchurch Court for killing a Whio duck, an endangered
specis [sic] in South Westland.Under the Wildlife Act 1953, the whio duck is an absolutely protected species. Its killing is a
serious crime, on conviction the offender may be fined up to $100,000, or imprisoned for up to two years. This crime was
considered important news and was given extensive coverage by all the media in New Zealand. Yet New Zeland allows the killing
of an unborn baby.
The Gorilla in the Room.
[Scroll down] Beyond the self-congratulation, there's the deification of the animal. Watching the gorilla yank
the child through the water, standing in front of him and guarding him like a new toy, and then yanking him to the other end
of the enclosure, one doesn't see malicious animal, but one does see an animal so big and powerful that harm to the child is
inevitable or certainly likely. When deciding between an animal and a human child, there shouldn't be a decision.
And yet, we have keyboard warriors convinced that there could have been another way. That taking precious moments to
subdue the animal wouldn't have resulted in a more horrible tragedy. A dead child is a more horrible tragedy.
Ape Over Shooting Harambe. [Scroll down] As Vox's Max Fisher wrote last year, "You'll notice that most of these [Internet mob-justice
efforts] trace back not to the crime's impact on society, but rather the degree to which punishing the crime will feel good for the punishers." And
"feel" is the operative word, as the lack of a sense of proportion here certainly doesn't reflect rationality. It's not surprising that many people
anthropomorphize animals. They're weaned on entertainment (e.g., cartoons) that does so, portraying animals that think and talk as people do; couple
this with the environmentalist agenda permeating school curricula and society in general, and it's a potent one-two punch. In addition, the secularism
prevailing in the West holds that man is just another animal, bereft of a soul — merely an organic robot comprising some pounds of chemicals and
water. This mindset can view a rare gorilla as more valuable than a person, who is one of seven billion; hence the comment that Harambe "is more important
than your [expletive] kid." And it isn't just that one commenter. Did the 2015 Planned Parenthood videos showing abortionists cavalierly talking about
selling babies' body parts for money evoke nearly the same outrage? Note that on the day the gorilla was killed, more than 2,000 babies were murdered via
abortion in our nation. And what of the Islamic State's brutality, burning people alive, drowning them in cages, and committing genocide? Are the
calls for justice nearly as intense?
Bros circus elephants pack up their trunks for retirement. Elephants take a final bow at Ringling Bros and
Barnum & Bailey Circus on Sunday, ending a 145-year spectacle that delighted fans but enraged animal activists, who say the
highly publicized retirement is notenough. The last 11 elephants touring with 'The Greatest Show onEarth' will leave
behind their enormous studded tiaras and begin traveling on Monday [5/2/2016].
Ostrich hit by car
after activists 'free' it from circus. An ostrich at a circus in Munich was hit by a car and died shortly after animal rights
activists opened its cage. It was around 9pm on Monday evening [4/18/2016] when as yet unknown people snuck onto the land that Kaiser
Circus — along with its 80 animals — was encamped on. Finding a trailer where the ostriches Nala and Zawo were
held along with a goose called Fred, the culprits managed to unscrew the hinges and open the door.
Comes Down on Fake Service Dogs. Service animal fraud is a growing problem in dog-friendly Colorado, says [Angela]
Eaton, who has been training service dogs for 35 years. State legislators agree; the Colorado House unanimously passed
a bill on Monday that would make it a crime to misrepresent a pet as a service animal in the state. But vague service dog
guidelines and a growing acceptance of "emotional support dogs" have blurred the line between pet and working animal.
WARNING: Graphic images.
By Halal : Slow and agonizing — just the way Muslims like it. In Halal Islamic slaughter, Muslims
don't sever the spinal cord which means the animal suffers in agony until it bleeds out and dies. Muslims believe the
suffering makes the meat taste better.
The Editor says...
You can bet that if Catholics or Jews or Mormons were torturing animals for religious reasons, the animal rights activists in
the U.S. would be marching in protest. But as long as the Muslims are involved, the activists are all totally silent.
the Left Ruined Air Travel. This week, after three years, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals gave
Kennedy International Airport permission to shoot some birds that fly around the runways threatening to cause plane crashes.
Crocodile bites off woman's arm in 'death roll'. The
victim, aged in her 60s, had been at Three Mile Creek in Wyndham, about 280 miles south-west of Darwin, when the predator attacked on Wednesday afternoon [1/13/2016].
[...] Crocodiles are common in Australia's tropical north where numbers have increased since the introduction of protection laws in 1971, with government estimates putting
the national population at around 100,000. They kill an average of two people each year in Australia.
The Editor says...
Crocodiles kill two people per year, yet the government insists they be protected. I say, turn them all into shoes and purses.
Woman Arrested, Accused of Riding Sea Turtle. Multiple media outlets report that 20-year-old Stephanie Marie
Moore was arrested by Melbourne police early Saturday [9/26/2015] on the felony charge of trying to "possess, sell, molest
You Love Lions, Let People Hunt Them, The New York Times Says. Every once in a while, common sense finds its
way onto the pages of The New York Times. That was the case on Monday [8/10/2015], when it published a piece on Cecil
the lion and trophy hunting of large animals. "Despite the intensifying calls to ban or restrict trophy hunting in Africa,"
Norimitsu Onishi writes, "most conservation groups, wildlife management experts and African governments support the practice
as a way to maintain wildlife." [...] It turns out that letting people legally hunt animals is, as Onishi put it, "the most
effective method of conservation."
Reaction to the death
of Cecil the lion is further proof of secular society's moral confusion. In Western
Europe and North America, we live in the first godless and religion-less generation in Western (and
probably world) history, and without Judeo-Christian values, there is no compelling reason to hold
human worth above animal worth. Judeo-Christian values are based on the Bible, which asserts the
fundamental principle that human beings, not animals, are created in God's image. Therefore, human
life is sacred; animal life is not.
and Verizon Have Subsidized the Brutal Killing of Animals. Coca-Cola has not only
ruined its signature product with that idiotic Freestyle machine that makes all its drinks taste
terrible, it also has subsidized the brutal killing of animals. It is horrific news that should
unite the left and the right. Coca-Cola has been joined by Verizon in subsidizing this. Both
companies have contributed to an organization that takes pregnant female animals and pulls their unborn
from them and crushes them. In numerous cases, the barbarians who do this procedure then take the
organs from the small, crushed animals and give them to others for scientific research.
Simmons Compares Horse-Drawn Carriages to Holocaust, Slavery. Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons went on a rant on
Thursday [7/16/2015] in which he compared the plight of the horses that pull carriages in New York City's Central Park to
the plight of people during the Holocaust and slavery, according to the New York Post. Simmons held a news
conference in front of City Hall to discuss his call to ban horse-drawn carriages, which Mayor Bill de Blasio promised
during his campaign that he would do. "It's a holocaust," Simmons said. "There were people for slavery,
remember? Slavery was fine. There were people who put people in ovens. There are all kinds of ethnic
cleansing, people for it." "The horses matter," Simmons said.
Animals Are People Too. Salon has brilliantly presented the argument that animals
should be considered people, positing that the antiquated notion of a line of demarcation between
humans and animals should be discarded. Dolphin scientist Lori Marino states, "Right now, there
is no one besides a human who is a person. They're all property, no matter how complex they are, no
matter how much we love them. They have no inherent rights of their own." Salon points out that
orcas have "big brains, complex social structures, mysterious communications, and mind-boggling sixth sense,"
and "chimpanzees and all the great apes, elephants, even cats and dogs and pigs and cattle, all have more
developed emotional centers than we had previously supposed."
Water Board Prioritizes Fish Over People. As severe drought conditions in California
continue to worsen, state officials have started to roll out with new regulations to prioritize
various water interests. On Wednesday [6/24/2015], the State Water Resources Control Board
adopted new emergency regulations to protect endangered and threatened fish. Low flows in four
tributaries of the Russian River cause "high temperatures, low oxygen levels and isolated pools of
water that can kill fish," such as the coho salmon and steelhead trout.
PETA successfully outlaws outdoor
BBQs in Portland, OR. Members of P.E.T.A. (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) have
successfully lobbied to outlaw outdoor barbeques within city limits and suburbs of Portland, Oregon.
The ban was based on a P.E.T.A. claim that the smell of cooking flesh is highly offensive and no one
should be forced to endure the fumes from what they call "a crime worse than the Holocaust." Under
the new law, individuals caught cooking meat outdoors can face a $2,000 fine or one day in jail.
Fight Huge Solar Plant On Behalf of 100 Sheep. The Natural Resources Defense Council
said it had "significant concerns" about the project. So what are we talking about here? A new
CO2-spewing coal plant? Something that runs on "extraordinarily dirty" oil from the Canadian tar
sands? Nope. These environmentalist groups are celebrating the likely demise of a solar power
plant slated to be built in the Mojave Desert. Bechtel Corp. says its 350 megawatt Soda Mountain
Solar Project would generate enough power to light 170,000 homes in California, and the site chosen is ideal
because of its "excellent solar resources, its location in an existing utility corridor and due to the low
density of sensitive plant and animal species."
America's Traditions: When animal extremists attack. On Thursday, March 5, I picked up
my iPhone to read my morning news alerts and saw the headline, "Ringling Bros. eliminating elephant
act." It took a few moments for this to sink in. When it did, I realized a special
childhood memory of watching elephants march down Main Street in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and seeing my
first circus show with my grandfather would never be one I would share with my sons, at least not in
the same way. I also realized animal rights extremists had just landed a blow to my family and
me I hadn't seen coming.
Judge Gives 2 Chimpanzees 'Human' Status. As far as a judge in New York is concerned,
the "Planet of the Apes" is no longer a fantastic sci fi movie because he has given two chimps legal
status as humans. The judge has given the chimps legal status so that they can "challenge their
Judge Grants Legal Rights To 2 Research Chimps. The judge in the case has amended her ruling to strike out the term
"writ of habeas corpus." It is now unclear whether Hercules and Leo, the chimps at Stony Brook University, can challenge
granted rights of personhood in Argentina. In recent months, animal rights advocacy
groups have worked to free primates from captivity by representing them in court, fighting for the
animals' rights to be recognized as non-human "people." In the United States, chimpanzees are
losing trials left and right. But an Argentinian orangutan has just won her habeas corpus case.
Rules Chimps Don't Have Same Rights As People. We told you last month about an appellate court
taking up a case that explored whether chimps had the same rights as people. Today we have an answer:
No. As NPR's Eyder Peralta explained in December 2013, the Nonhuman Rights Project asked a court to send Tommy, a
chimpanzee living in a cage at a trailer dealer in Gloversville, N.Y., to a sanctuary.
York court denies legal bid to grant captive chimpanzee human rights to free him from his owner. In the
first case of its kind, a New York appeals court has rejected an animal rights advocate's bid to extend 'legal
personhood' to chimpanzees, saying the primates are incapable of bearing the responsibilities that come with
having legal rights. The unanimous ruling meant that Tommy, a 26-year-old chimpanzee is not entitled to
the rights of a human and does not have to be freed by its owner[.]
chimp doesn't have same rights as humans, court rules. A New York appeals court says a
chimpanzee isn't entitled to the rights of a human and doesn't have to be freed by its owner. The
three-judge Appellate Division panel was unanimous Thursday in denying "legal personhood" to Tommy,
who lives alone in a cage in upstate Fulton County. A trial level court had previously denied the
Nonhuman Rights Project's effort to have Tommy released.
The Editor says...
Ever notice that chimps are always named Charlie or Tommy or Steve, and they're never named Trayvon, Ja'Quarius or Mohammed?
Gorillas, as noted above, are given exotic African-themed names, especially if they are born in captivity, but the name given to
a gorilla is sufficiently artificial so that it is unlikely to match the name of a person.
support' pig kicked off flight for being 'disruptive'. A woman was kicked off a US
Airways flight after the pig she brought for "emotional support" became disruptive, an airline
spokeswoman told CNN. The passenger and her large pig were booted from the flight before it left
Connecticut's Bradley International Airport on Wednesday, spokeswoman Laura Masvidal said. "After
the animal became disruptive, the passenger was asked to deplane," she said. How disruptive?
Fellow passengers told the Hartford Courant that the pig stank up the cabin of the tiny DC-bound aircraft.
[A]n increasing number of your neighbors have been keeping company with their pets in human-only
establishments, cohabiting with them in animal-unfriendly apartment buildings and dormitories, and
taking them (free!) onto airplanes — simply by claiming that the creatures are their
licensed companion animals and are necessary to their mental well-being. No government agency keeps
track of such figures, but in 2011 the National Service Animal Registry, a commercial enterprise
that sells certificates, vests, and badges for helper animals, signed up twenty-four hundred
emotional-support animals. Last year, it registered eleven thousand.
Will Decide If Chimps Should Have Same Rights As Humans. A New York appeals court next
week will consider whether chimps should have the same rights as human beings. The extraordinary
proceeding is the result of a lengthy battle by animal-rights activists who argue that animals with
human qualities — including chimps — are entitled to human protections,
including freedom from captivity.
inhumane society. In May, the Humane Society and a handful of other radical animal-rights
groups had to write a $15.8 million check to the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus for damages
done. The circus had filed a racketeering lawsuit against the society to recover damages from a
dishonest 14-year campaign the animal-rights groups mounted to bar elephants from the big top. [...]
That's the sort of thing the Humane Society spends much of its $150 million annual budget on,
raised from unsuspecting donors.
Rep. On Drought: Democrats Believe 'Fish Are More Important Than People'. Rep. David
Valadao (R-Bakersfield) lashed out at Democrats, including congressional opponent Amanda Renteria,
on California's urgent drought problem, saying Democrat policies will fail to provide relief for
millions of Central Valley residents living with severe water shortages. [...] Valadao is not the
only one in the district blasting the allocation of water resources. Area farmers are angry after
the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation began releasing 25,000 acre-feet of water from Northern California's
Trinity Lake to help protect the native salmon population on Saturday [8/30/2014], even as farmers have
repeatedly asked for more water to help grow food.
case? Feds go after California tree trimmer for hurting herons. Ernesto Pulido was hired by the U.S. Postal
Service to cut back the trees, specifically to prevent a group of herons from sitting and defecating on the mail trucks
parked below. But in the course of pruning the trees, his crew cut down limbs where the black-crowned night
herons — one of 1,026 species protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act — were nesting.
Several baby birds fell and were injured. Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reportedly is seeking he pay a
$1,500 fine for a misdemeanor violation. The infraction can carry a penalty of up to $15,000 and six months in jail.
Prosecuting Tree-Trimmer for Unintentionally Bruising Herons. Ernest Pulido is expected to face
charges from the U.S. Attorney's Office within a week for violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. He could
face a maximum fine of $15,000 and six months in jail. Pulido was hired by the U.S. Postal Service to prune
trees May 3 outside an Oakland, Calif., branch, where postal officials were upset with birds pooping on mail
trucks. One branch that Pulido cut contained nesting black-crowned night herons, one of more than 1,000 species
of birds protected under the act. No birds were killed. Five were injured and taken to a bird rescue in
Fairfield, where the facility said all would heal and be able to be returned to the wild. One bird suffered a
fractured beak while the offers suffered bruises and scrapes. Pulido is currently paying for the birds' care.
Even though nothing has indicated the tree-trimmer intentionally targeted the birds, Pulido is being referred for prosecution.
drop criminal charges over damaged bird nest. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has
dropped plans to pursue criminal charges against a California tree trimmer who accidentally injured
some baby birds — an incident that attracted the attention of the House's chief
investigator and charges of "bureaucratic bullying." The tree trimmer, Ernesto Pulido, told the
San Francisco Chronicle that he was recently told that the agency had decided to drop the case
against him — an abrupt about-face just days after Rep. Darrell Issa, California
Republican, called for a congressional inquiry.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
The Editor says...
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.
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.
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.
The Editor says...
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?
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.
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:
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
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.
The Editor says...
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
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."
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
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.
'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."
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.
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, 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
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
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.)
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
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.
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?
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.
[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.
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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
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".
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 © 2015 by Andrew K. Dart
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.
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
[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.
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
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.
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.
cracker: PETA activists are menacing children at performances of "The
Nutcracker" in 20 U.S. cities — giving them handouts that read, "Your Mommy Kills
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.
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."
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.
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?"
responds! But unfortunately the abortion question was considered
"just too absurd to warrant an answer". (Translation: touché!)
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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]
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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?
'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.
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."
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.
Square Off in Squirrel Squabble: When a Pacific Northwest utility company announced in
January  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.
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.
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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