Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Animal Rights Activists Out of Control

I would first like to stress that most animal rights activists are not crazy and do not behave like the group mentioned in this article. There is a need for animal rights advocacy, and the importance of such groups should not be underestimated. There are, however, individuals and groups who are out of control--the word terrorist in this article is not a stretch. Sadly, groups like the ALF often target the wrong people, destroying labs and property of individuals who aren't even involved with animal handling. Animal rights people need to crack down on this group, for the sake of maintaining the AR integrity.

From the Associated Press via MSN news:

ALF’s credo on its Web site claims the group “carries out direct action against animal abuse in the form of rescuing animals and causing financial loss to animal exploiters, usually through the damage and destruction of property.”

What I found more disturbing on their site is their detailed description of how to commit criminal acts (look under preparation).

For example, this statement:

"Be careful of using materials that will give away where you are from. For instance, if using newspapers in an arson attack far from home, using your local paper will be dead give-away. Wipe everything you are taking with you completely to remove fingerprints, in case anything is dropped or has to be left behind. You have to scrub hard to remove prints, and some soap or rubbing alcohol may help. Clean everything as if it is going to be left behind, since sooner or later something you didn't plan to leave will drop."

When you peruse their section on Lab Test FAQs, you begin to realize the people in charge of the ALF are not only volatile, but are also extraordinarily uneducated and ignorant about many forms of animal testing, especially pharmaceutical testing. There is nothing more frightening than ignorance plus hate.


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