Protesting Peter Singer

Animal Rights Agenda Threatens Human Rights

By Tom DeWeese

The protests against the presence of Peter Singer, known as the father of the Animal Rights Movement, teaching at Princeton University, raises questions once again about the true agenda of the animal rights movement.

Animal-rights advocates represent one of the most absurd, violent, destructive elements in our society. They use our emotions and compassion to sucker good-hearted Americans into their radical political agenda.

Animal rights advocates oppose animal welfare. Americans who love animals must understand that animal rights, as articulated by organizations such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, will do away with wildlife management, veterinary medicine, and captive breeding. It will end medical testing, a research process responsible for today’s modern medical miracles.  Here, in their own words, is what they stand for:

They Oppose Pet Ownership

“Pet Ownership is an absolutely abysmal situation brought about by human manipulation.” — Ingrid Newkirk, PeTA

“(Pets) are slaves, even if well-kept slaves.” — PeTA’s Statement on Companion Animals

An Anti-Human Philosophy

“I don’t believe that people have the right to life. That’s a supremacist perversion. A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.” — Ingrid Newkirk, co-founder and national director of PeTA

“Man is the most dangerous, destructive, selfish, and unethical animal on earth.” — Michael Fox, vice president, Human Society of the United States

“Mankind is the biggest blight on the face of the earth.” — Ingrid Newkirk, PeTA

“Six million people died in concentration camps, but six billion broiler chickens will die this year in slaughterhouses.” — Ingrid Newkirk, PeTA

“An (animal) experiment cannot be justified unless the experiment is so important that the use of a brain-damaged human would be justifiable.” — Peter Singer

Animal Rights Advocates are Opposed to Biomedical Research

Even if animal tests produced a cure (for AIDS), we’d be against it.” — Ingrid Newkirk, PeTA

“If the death of one rat cured all diseases, it wouldn’t make any difference to me.” — Chris Rose, director Last Chance for Animals

“If it (the abolition of animal research) means there are some things we cannot learn, then so be it. We have no basic right not to be harmed by those natural diseases we are heir to.” — Tom Regan, “America’s New Extremists:

What You Need to Know About the Animal Rights Movement.

No Concern for Animal Welfare

“We were not especially interested in animals. Neither of us had ever inordinately fond of dogs, cats, or horses in the way that many people are.

We didn’t love animals.” — Peter Singer, known as the “father of animals rights.”

“The theory of animal rights simply is not consistent with the theory of animal welfare…Animal rights means dramatic social changes for humans and non-humans alike; if our bourgeois values prevent us from accepting those changes, then we have no right to call ourselves advocates of animal rights.” — Gary Francione, former general council, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA).

“Not only are the philosophies of animal rights and animal welfare separated by irreconcilable differences…the enactment of animal welfare measures actually impedes the achievement of animal rights.” — Gary Francione and Tom Regan. “The Case for Animal Rights”, In Defense of Animals, 1985.

Tom DeWeese
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Tom DeWeese is President of the American Policy Center and National Grassroots Coordinator for CFACT (Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow) working to help local activists organize into Freedom Pods ( He is also the author of three books, including Now Tell Me I Was Wrong, ERASE, and Sustainable: the WAR on Free Enterprise, Private Property, and Individuals.