FRANK JAMES, from an informed perspective, points out the negative externalities of certain leftist fetishes — to whit, the witless notion of — scorn quotes — “animal rights.”
Used to be that humans, perhaps less urbanized and sophisticated, realized in a rough-and-ready fashion that our status at the top of the food chain demanded a certain amount of compassion and humane treatment from us toward animals — particularly domestic animals. Then along came this particularly odious species of moaner, the “animal rights” activist. (Who never manage to explain how animals can have rights when they are incapable of comprehending, let alone fulfilling, the nature of a social compact — from which rights descend.)
But waitaminnit, Alger! They say — you’ve said many times that rights exist in a state of nature. You have a right to life, frex…
Correct. And the right to defend it, as does every animal. But where does it say that, under the state, animals have the right to much more than life, and the legitimate expectation that the state will enforce and protect those rights — to the detriment of human citizens of said state?
And therein lies the nub. And, without getting involved in a long disquisition of the nature Our Curmudgeon manages to unreel at semi-regular intervals, the point here is that PETA, and other, similar — scorn quotes — “humane” organizations are mis- (or perhaps) mal-focused. And, since senior organizations, such as the venerable SPCA, are not, one must assume that PETA et al were deliberately formed, not to encourage and enable the humane treatment of animals so much, as to monkey with human society — to the detriment of its current configuration.
If you’re concerned about humanity toward animals, there are plenty of other, worthy, less-radical organizations around, starting with the old stalwart Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. But, unless national action is your passion, there are probably myriad smaller, more-local organizations more deserving of your attention. Plus, the bonus of local action is that you can get to know the actual activists and take their measure. We here in Cincinnati have many, such as Save Our Strays, The Scratching Post, Recycled Doggies, and Toni can probably list seveal handfuls more. They’re always overworked and underfunded. Next time you go to the vet, I’ll bet they have signs and collection boxes up for some of their favorites.
Don’t support big, international, socialist wack jobs when you have locals actually doing good works (instead of being media whores) much more in need of your support.