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Tactics aren’t working

August 27, 2018

From our perspective, animal rights activists seem to take great pride in coming up with new ways to shock Americans with their message.

Do they think they’re being effective? Do they realize that, in many cases, their tactics and words only seem to alienate the very people they are trying to reach?

We don’t know the answer to those questions, but we believe they’re pertinent again with a recent commentary piece written by Ingrid Newkirk of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

In it, she strives to draw a comparison between the ongoing debate over immigration in the United States — where, in some cases, children had been separated from their parents — with what happens in livestock production.

And then she really goes to the extreme of making a comparison of artificially inseminating a cow with the sexual assault of a woman.

Here are some excerpts of what she wrote: “As the truck carries the youngsters away, their distraught mothers run after it, wailing in desperation. This heartbreaking scene isn’t from an illegal border crossing — it’s footage from a recent People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) expose of an Australian dairy farm.

“Not only do millions of cows lose their beloved calves to the veal and dairy industries year after year, they also have to endure being repeatedly raped. You can’t call it anything else.

“One of those cows was the beautiful Ida Belle. PETA rescued her after she broke through the rail on a ship bound for a dairy farm in Venezuela, jumped overboard, and, although heavily pregnant, swam across Virginia’s James River to freedom. After being brought to safety, she gave birth to a son, Jimmy, and lived the rest of her life with him. On that dairy farm in South America, he would have been taken away from her and she would have been slaughtered for cheap meat.

“PETA believes that all social justice issues are united under one principle: equal consideration of interests. Of course, many people reject the idea that injustice applies to anyone other than themselves or those they closely relate to. It’s our job to say, ‘We should be against all discrimination and unfairness.’ ”

In her article, Ms. Newkirk acknowledges that PETA pushes the envelope and isn’t afraid to draw parallels between “humans’ cruelty to each other and cruelty to other animals. We want to provoke discussion.”

She’s entitled to her opinions, of course, but we believe the tactics employed by her organization are only further polarizing the majority of Americans on this issue.

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