Thursday, June 4, 2009

Animal Rights Terrorism on the Rise

Alas, threats, intimidation, violence and other terroristic actions continue to rise "in the name of those who can't speak for themselves." From the story:

In what law enforcement officials are calling a wave of militancy, groups like the Animal Liberation Front and another called The Justice Department are going after scientists personally, both at work and at home, and threatening the safety of their families. "There is an upswing," said Laura Eimiller, a FBI spokeswoman in Los Angeles. "What's really concerning is the tactics that are being used. Previously it was non-violent, mostly harassment or vandalism. Now we're seeing the increased use of incendiary devices to target individuals."

Over the past 18 months, there have been at least 39 criminal actions undertaken in the name of animal rights, according to data compiled by the Foundation for Biomedical Research, an advocacy group for researchers. That represents a significant rise from 2006 and 2007, when there were only 25 incidents.

A huge part of the problem, it seems to me, is that the breadth and scope of the animal rights/liberation movement does little or nothing to rein in their crazier colleagues. As I have often written, PETA refuses to condemn criminality in the name of animal rights, and indeed, some leaders have actually extolled it. Until and unless the animal rights movement as a whole rises up to unequivocally oppose these actions--and cooperates with bringing the perpetrators to justice--animal rights cannot be deemed a peaceable movement.


  1. Just how are the animals in laboratories supposed to be freed and the horrible institution of vivisection, whose ill effects on humans human exceptionalism apparently fails constantly to comprehend? Who cares what those who want what animal rights activists want to stop to continue think, or say? Who set them up as arbiters of what is right or approveable, other than themselves? Deem it any kind of movement you like -- but that doesn't justify you to be doing the deeming. It's those with the guts to fight what they know is wrong who earn the right to be the deemers. Infinitives are not to be split, by the way.

  2. Vivisection isn't a peaceable activity, nor is futile care theory, futilitarianism (and vivisection certainly is utilitarian), euthanasia, or any other aspect of the death culture, of which vivisection is a fundamental element. Animal rights, which human exceptionalism opposes, should "behave"? That won't wash.

  3. Gee consider the number of boys who ARE rats.