Animal Rights is not Animal Welfare

Here’s another issue that is decided with the mentality of a little girl who just likes fluffy animals. The Animal Rights movement is one of the most violent of the nation. It plays on the heartstrings of emotional children, like actress Pam Anderson, where reason and knowledge give way to raw emotion. Most people take up the animal rights cause because they care about the “welfare” of the animals. Few want to see animals suffer and they want something done when it happens. But animal welfare and animal protection have nothing to do with the animal rights movement. Frankly, it’s too nuts to explain rationally. So, here, let them tell you in their own words. TD

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 been 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 one of the nation’s leading advocates of individual liberty, free enterprise, private property rights, personal privacy, back-to-basics education and American sovereignty and independence.