FUR FACT: South Africa farms rabbits and kills them for meat and their fur. Rabbits are social, intelligent creatures. They love to play and groom each other. On fur farms rabbits will never frolic. They live a life of confinement and misery. . As a psychotherapist I have heard many revenge fantasies – some more shocking than others. My standard response is, “as long as you don’t act out your fantasies, they are OK”.
Through my research into the fur industry I have seen horrific images of what people do to fur-bearing creatures. This has led to my own revenge fantasies towards the perpetrators of these atrocities – fantasies so murderous that my grandfather Reverend Harris would shudder in his grave (post: Leaders wearing fur: When is it OK?) .
However, while I am capable of spraying red paint or sticking stickers onto windows, I would not actually kill someone. Yet I do applaud whenever I hear of actions to liberate animals from abhorrent conditions. See: Animal rights activists damage store, homes (utsandiego.com). Many of these activists are serving jail sentences for their acts of “terrorism”, which I think is admirable. So why did people reach this point of committing illegal acts to save animals?
Legal protection for animals has been slow and even non-existent in some countries. Out of intense frustration an underground “terrorist movement” has arisen which targets companies and abusive practices towards animals. During the past two decades, extreme animal rights activists have committed hundreds of acts of arson, bombings and acts of vandalism and harassment. This movement adopts a “leaderless resistance” model of activism and is composed of several anonymous underground cells.
Names used by these activists:
-Animal Liberation Front (ALF)
– Animal Rights Militia (ARM)
– Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC).
ALF is the name adopted by people acting illegally to fight for animal rights. These people have a non violent policy insofar as no one gets injured. They will however damage property in their attempt to “inflict economic damage to those who profit from the misery and exploitation of animals”. Their actions are carefully planned and arrangements are made to move animals to safe places if need be.
ARM is a name used by animal rights activists who use any means necessary to free animals from places of abuse and torture. These activists have engaged in acts of violence and people have been injured through letter bombs. ARM justifies their actions through the argument of “Extensional self-defense”, This concept claims that because animals are “so vulnerable and oppressed they cannot fight back to attack or kill their oppressors.“ In other words, animal activists have to defend these animals who are going to be harmed by humans.
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SHAC focuses on rescuing animals who are used for experimentation and these activists will damage property that is used to practice vivisection.
I always cry when I read stories like these:
There is even a news magazine Bite Back, which only reports on the radical animal rights movement worldwide.
Last but not least is People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA), which is a legal activist organization that works to educate the public about the horrors of animal cruelty through peaceful, nonviolent means. However, Ingrid Newkirk president of PeTA states that “the animal rights movement is a revolutionary one”. This implies that she supports others who carry out extreme acts. I think this is my position and I would welcome ALF to come and free the rabbits from South African farms. What do you think?
Thinkers may prepare revolutions, but bandits must carry them out: – Ingrid Newkirk .