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Friday, 11 May 2012

The Hitman and Fur

There was a time when informing a largely ignorant general public that animal rights activists regularly occupy the top spot of FBI's "Most Wanted" domestic terrorists prompted shock. It was a good card that Rouster liked to play when they wanted to cut to the chase in explaining the dangers posed by those who believe in a policy where all animal usage by humans - from hunting to research to manufacturing to pet ownership - is criminal exploitation. However, this fact, which stirred up anti-animal rights groups in the 1990s, but didn't really impact on the general public, had almost become something of a joke in the eyes of some media commentators. "Balanced" documentaries began to emerge in the 2000s that implied the FBI's decision to place animal rights activists in the same league as white supremacist action groups was something of an over-reaction. After all the FBI have not been above such over-reactions and many would argue outright distractions. In the 1930s FBI founder J.E. Hoover's decision to list bank robbers like John Dillinger and Ma Barker as "public enemy number ones" whilst publicly denying the existence of the rapidly rising American Mafia.

There have been incidents, where "harmless" activists or supporters seem to have been hounded by the feds and unfairly treated. This, of course, is wonderful material for those animal rightists who lean heavily on sexy anti-establishment politics. However, one needs to take a step back and look at the whole animal rights picture to get a better idea of what we are dealing with. Are these concerns legit?

The whole infrastructure of the animal rights movement can be likened to a pyramid. Those at the top are essentially running a business through the manipulation of human sympathy and the power of using a philosophical cause. Those in the middle are largely independent academics that are drawn to the concept of animal rights because all the moral dilemmas and societal conundrums it throws up. Those making up the large base of the pyramid are a huge disparate collection of footsoldiers ranging in degrees of extremism. They include cynical celebrities, misguided animal welfarists, thugs who want a cause and militant extremists.

The following piece of news features someone, a one Meredith Lowell, who is clearly from the extreme end of the base. It goes to show the lengths certain individuals will go to to achieve their aims and in the name of a cause. It also shows the FBI's legitimate reasoning behind placing animal rightists as such a high level risk.

An Ohio woman who compared animal-welfare work to the liberation of World War II concentration camps has been charged with soliciting a hit man to fatally shoot or slit the throat of a random fur-wearer, federal authorities said. 

Meredith Lowell, 27, of Cleveland Heights, appeared Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Cleveland, where a magistrate judge ordered her held by the U.S. Marshals Service pending a hearing next week, court records show. One of her defense attorneys, Walter Lucas, declined comment when reached by phone after the court appearance. (read more)

Of course, the "respectable" side of the animal rights movement - even some members of the Animal Liberation Front and other direct action groups - will claim this as an isolated case. Disturbingly when put on the spot representatives, while distancing themselves from such crimes, will not let an opportunity pass to say that numerous animals are "murdered" brutally by humans.

But, then again, we have only to travel a little way up the pyramid to the more "literate" side of the animal rights movement to see there are those who have clearly stated that even the loony ideal of giving animal rights is not enough. The title of Screaming Wolf's book "A Declaration of War: Killing Humans to Save Animals" says it all...

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