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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