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Animal Rights Extremists Part IV

Animal Rights Extremists Part IV

Click Roman numerals to read previous parts of this series:  I, II, III.

Sometimes when we are not careful, we often become much like that of what we despise and sometimes become cult-like in behaviours, mentality, actions, and attitudes.  In this case, some animal lovers seem to have taken their good intensions too far, violating their own ideology.  In the process, some commit or enable various crimes thinking they are doing something good.  In the end, it does more harm than good.

While they say they do not condone violence.  They are threatening and supposedly committing violence.  Animals do not need liberation, they need humans looking out for their welfare, but while extremists are trying to protect the non-human animal, they are also harming the human animal by committing arson, property damage, and more.  These groups have claimed responsibility for several hundred crimes and acts of terrorism, including arson, bombings, and vandalism, causing millions of dollars of destruction.

Not to mention, they are hurting all animals by not letting science find cures.  Even veterinarians, committed to animal welfare, state that the studies help other animals too (see video on site).  What PETA, ALF, ELF, and other animal rights extremists do not understand is that sometimes these dogs and cats are already sick.  Because these pets are sick, like Jake was in the video by vets, his vet and human enrolled into a study to help find a cure for skin cancer.  Without the program, Jake would have lived around 6 months, but thanks to the scientific study, his humans enrolled him in because he was sick, he lived longer.  No one, except nature, induced the illness on him.  Regardless, the good humans bought him 6000 more days of life due to the scientific research, and he is now 15 years old, according to the video.  Not only that, Jake contributed to human medicine in the process.  Thus, he contributed to both non-human and human medical health by being in the scientific research study, which incidentally saved his life and these are some of the studies people like ALF, Ingrid Newkirk, and other animal rights activist extremists want to do away due to ignorance.

Some of these extremists are sending scientists at UCLA and other places of research mail with razor blades that supposedly have AIDS tainted blood on them.  While these extremists are doing that, they ignorantly misinform others of what really happens in science labs.  One of the letters, which ALF admits to stated:

The Justice Department at UCLA sent bloody AIDS tainted razor blades to David Jentsch at [xxxxx] Valley Vista boulevard in the town of Sherman Oaks, California; instead he should be living in hell which is where he will eventually end up desirably sooner rather than later. He has no business addicting primates to phencyclidine known on the streets as PCP and other street drugs using grant money from the federal government. Confining primates to puny filthy cages then removing them to give them their fix of PCP when primates would not get addicted if it weren't for Frankenstein's like Jentsch. How would Jentsch like the same thing he does to primates to be done to him? That would be justice. STOP YOUR SICK EXPERIMENTS OR HELL AWAITS YOU.  –UCLA JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

Stephanie Groman is a twenty nine year old primate vivisector at UCLA. During graduate school, she learned to do terrible stuff to primates,such as addicting them to street drugs; exactly what Groman is currently doing at UCLA under the supervision of primate vivisector low-lives such as Edythe London and David Jentsch. Since she wouldn't listen to more polite pleadings to stop her heinous treatment of innocent primates, we mailed to Stephanie at [xxxx] Midvale Avenue, Apartment [xxx] in Los Angeles some rusty razor blades tainted with AIDS-infected blood. The message is clear- PRIMATE VIVISECTION MUST BE STOPPED! –Justice Department

However, these groups have no idea what they do or what they are saying.  The very research they oppose actually does save lives, such in the case of Jake, because nature gave him a bum rap and gave him cancer.  No human injected him with cancer and in comparison, the "Justice Department's" behaviour is the sicker of the two, especially when Jake's life was saved and contributed to saving more lives- both human and non-human.

The Justice Department has nothing to do with the U.S. Government or court system, in this case.  This department of the Animal Rights Movement has admittedly threatened, harassed, bombed, and many other activities considered illegal.

During the past two decades, radical environmental and animal rights groups have claimed responsibility for hundreds of crimes and acts of terrorism, including arson, bombings, vandalism and harassment, causing more than $100 million in damage. While some activists have been captured, ecoterror cells – small and loosely affiliated – are extremely difficult to identify and most attacks remain unsolved. Although it has been overshadowed by Islamic terrorist threats since September 11, ecoterrorism remains one of the country's most active terrorist movements.

It does not matter if one agrees with all scientific research or not. Such violence is uncalled for even for the vilest underground unethical experiments and it is a violation of their so-called non-violence statements. However, these extremists are supposedly our number one domestic terrorist threat due to their actions of vandalism, property damage, arson, and other criminal actions. Most are well-educated college age people lured by an out-of-town recruiter of an animal rights extremist group, but some, who commit these acts of violence, are in their 30s, 40s, and 50s. This tactic of luring young people into the group, makes them sound like a cult and not an animal welfare group, of which there is a difference between animal welfare and animal rights groups.

The torching of luxury homes in the swank Seattle suburb of Woodinville earlier this month served as a reminder that the decades-long war with militant environmentalists on American soil has not ended.

"It remains what we would probably consider the No. 1 domestic terrorism threat, because they have successfully continued to conduct different types of attacks in and around the country," said FBI Special Agent Richard Kolko.

The FBI defines eco-terrorism "as the use or threatened use of violence of a criminal nature against innocent victims or property by an environmentally oriented, subnational group for environmental-political reasons, or aimed at an audience beyond the target, often of a symbolic nature."

Those, who lure the young people in, tend to be associated with PETA with such ads that distort the truth about science and the purpose of research.  To entice the young people, these groups give money to arsonists and others willing to commit various crimes and even encourage them with statements such as the one at the beginning of this part of the series.  I will tell more of PETA’s involvement in the next part of this series, but these actions seem very similar to cultist actions to recruit people, especially young people.

Of course, slaughterhouses do inhumane things, but that is what animal welfare people attempt to improve, but the animal rights groups are no better than the inhumane scientists, like the video at the start of this series, when they attempt to burn and blow up such places. The damage the extremists do is just as bad, in my opinion, and resolves nothing concerning the conditions of the animals. They cause just as much harm as the slaughterhouses do and the young people who do these things to gain money are recruited with cult-like tactics.

Given the last video, it would seem to me that PETA knows nothing about other animals. The inaccurate or deceitful statements made by Ingrid Newkirk in the video concerning the cage monkeys hold little truth. A person who knows anything about animals would know the approach was wrong. Even my pet chickens that I had as a child would run from you if you approached them too quickly.

Ironically enough, I am not the only vegetarian/vegan who is concerned with what such groups as ALF do. This person did more than just poke around on their websites, research news articles, and labour over FBI reports. She actually joined their forum so that she could talk to them and find out more about them, as well as what they do. She stated that these violent behaviours give vegetarians and vegans a bad name and points out there are two stereotypes of vegans and vegetarians. One is the “wimpy person” and the other is the more violent type that contradicts his or her own reasons for being vegan. The young woman adds that it is hardly wimpy to go against the status quo. Rather it takes courage and I agree.

Unfortunately, these extremists groups are becoming increasingly violent, not only giving vegans and vegetarians a bad image, but also distorting the realities of legitimate scientific research. However, it is irresponsible and unethical for a doctor, such as Jerry Vlasak, to threaten to kill scientists over animal research and one would think he would know better.

In an October 26 hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, former Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) spokes-doctor Jerry Vlasak waxed not-so-eloquent about the role that animal researchers should play in the search for AIDS and cancer cures.  Speaking of scientists whose work requires the use of lab rats, Vlasak insisted that if they "won't stop when told to stop, one option would be to stop them using any means necessary." Asked by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) if he endorsed the use of deadly force, Vlasak insisted that murder "would be a morally justifiable solution."

Lautenberg, unfazed, insisted: "You have no right to intimidate people who are engaged in a proper practice under our laws." He put his finger on the animal rights movement's problem: Shadowy groups like Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC — the focus of yesterday's hearing) are only part of a larger animal rights movement whose entire strategy involves intimidating and terrorizing ordinary Americans.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which many people think of as tame (at least in comparison to Vlasak's kill-the-scientists rant), aims to get its way by bullying and threatening its enemies in the scientific community. PETA president Ingrid Newkirk told the 1997 Animal Rights Convention: "I wish we all would get up and go into the labs and take the animals out or burn them down. " And in 1999 she told The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "I find it small wonder that the laboratories aren't all burning to the ground. If I had more guts, I'd light a match."

Supposedly, the public does not know some things about PCRM and those issues include the dietary needs of children, which I mentioned previously:

1. PCRM is an animal rights group, not a real “physicians committee.”

2.  PCRM’s anti-meat activism is bought and paid for by the wealthiest animal rights activist in America.

3. PCRM has been linked with FBI-designated terrorist groups, including the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC).PCRM has created a separate deceptive charity called The Cancer Project to help push an animal-rights diet on some of the most vulnerable Americans.

4.  PCRM has created a separate deceptive charity called The Cancer Project to help push an animal-rights diet on some of the most vulnerable Americans. The Cancer Project, which shares staff, funding, and even an office with PCRM, is devoted to advancing a fringe anti-meat agenda and promoting the false belief that only a strict vegan diet can minimize the risk of cancer.

5. PCRM has been repeatedly criticized by the mainstream medical community.

6. PCRM promotes strict vegan diets for children—despite numerous examples of serious health complications and even death brought on by plant-based diets in childhood. Ignoring the consensus among pediatricians that vegan diets can be extremely dangerous for children if not managed carefully, PCRM continues to promote childhood veganism indiscriminately. Downplaying a 2005 case when three Arizona children were found emaciated and extremely malnourished from their vegan diets, PCRM’s president insisted that “vegan diets are not only good for kids, it’s a preferable diet for kids.”

7.  PCRM discourages Americans from making donations to more than 100 respected medical charities, including the American Heart Association, the March of Dimes, the American Cancer Society, the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the American Red Cross, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, and the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation—solely because they support disease research that requires the use of animals.

The favourite tactic of these animal rights extremists, besides misinformation, appears to be arson, but vandalism runs a close second:

ELF first claimed sole responsibility for an attack in the U.S. in 1997, when activists burned down a Bureau of Land Management horse corral in Oregon (previous attacks had been claimed in conjunction with ALF). The group made national headlines the following year when it claimed responsibility for the arson of a ski resort in Vail, Colorado, causing $12 million in damages – the costliest act of ecoterrorism in American history at the time. The attack included seven separate fires, which destroyed three buildings and damaged four chairlifts. In its communiqué, ELF said, "putting profits ahead of Colorado's wildlife will not be tolerated….We will be back if this greedy corporation continues to trespass into wild and unroaded [sic] areas."

Since the Vail arson, hundreds of crimes have been committed in the name of environmental protection nationwide. The most damaging occurred on August 1, 2003, when arsonists burned down a housing complex under construction in San Diego, destroying a five-story building and 100-foot-high crane; losses were estimated at $50 million. A 12-foot banner reading "If you build it, we will burn it," along with the ELF acronym, was found at the scene. (Six weeks later, ELF set fire to three other homes under construction in the area.)

These arsons typified, in an especially destructive way, ELF's ongoing battle against "urban sprawl," which it views as a wasteful and unnecessary encroachment on natural habitats. Direct actions targeting urban sprawl have occurred in different parts of the country (sometimes in clusters that suggest copycat cells), including Long Island, New York; Chico, California; and locations in Michigan.

Car dealerships and sport utility vehicles are also common targets for ELF. On August 22, 2003, approximately 40 Hummers and SUVs were destroyed or damaged in a fire at a West Covina, California, dealership, causing about $2 million in damages. "Fat Lazy Americans" and "ELF" were among slogans painted on the vehicles. The movement has taken credit for vandalizing SUVs in dozens of other cities. At an auto dealership in Erie, Pennsylvania, for instance, jugs of gasoline were ignited under three vehicles, engulfing them and a nearby car in flames. ELF said the dealership was targeted "to remove the profit motive from the killing of the natural environment."

The FBI confirms that the most favoured tactic of animal rights extremists is arson on their website, as well as show both ELF and ALF as being problematic with the law from 1999 to 2005 (no current data of terrorism posted on site as of this article):

Despite these ominous trends, by far the most destructive practice of the ALF/ELF to date is arson. The ALF/ELF extremists consistently use improvised incendiary devices equipped with crude but effective timing mechanisms. These incendiary devices are often constructed based upon instructions found on the ALF/ELF websites. The ALF/ELF criminal incidents often involve pre-activity surveillance and well-planned operations. Activists are believed to engage in significant intelligence gathering against potential targets, including the review of industry/trade publications and other open source information, photographic/video surveillance of potential targets, obtaining proprietary or confidential information about intended victim companies through theft or from sympathetic insiders, and posting details about potential targets on the Internet for other extremists to use as they see fit.

In 2006, officials passed the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act and six people, who went by the acronym SHAC7, were convicted of terrorism and sent to prison.  They remain in prison as of 2009 despite appeal.  The judge stated that their acts did not qualify as “free speech”, but as the picture above shows, vandals helped to make a point, not just scientists, but mine too.

Sadly, the animal rights extremists fight against the very thing that helped Jake and others, which I will explain in a later part.  The methods used in treating and studying Jake’s case were Refinement, Replacement, and Reduction.  The fact that Jake already had cancer and could have died without participating in the research program made him a viable candidate for the study, which helped humans and non-humans.

Just how is PETA mixed up in all of this anti-science, terror, misinformation, vandalism, destruction, and violence, which violates their own ideology will be covered in the part V.

About Mriana

Mriana is a humanist and the author of "A Source of Misery", who grew up in the Church of God, Anderson Indiana. After she became an adult, she joined the Episcopal Church, but later left the Church and became a humanist. She has two grown sons and raises cats. Mriana raised her sons in the Episcopal Church, but in their teen years, they left the Church and she soon followed. One of her sons became a "Tao Buddhist" and the other a None, creating his own world view. She enjoys writing, reading, science, philosophy, psychology, and other subjects. Mriana is also an animal lover, who cares for their welfare as living beings, who are part of the earth. She is a huge Star Trek fan in a little body.
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