USARK – United States Association of Reptile Keepers
Educate yourself today or suffer tomorrow! You need to understand the animal rights (AR) movement. You should understand it’s a serious threat to Americans (the FBI has) and you should educate others. There is a basic principle to the animal rights ideology: a goal to end all interactions between animals and humans which benefit humans. This trickles all the way down to petting a dog because the person is benefiting (happiness, mood enhancement, stress relief, etc.) from this interaction. In essence, the AR movement is a belief that all animals are slaves.
There are extremists, but there are also many who wear suits and push this AR agenda through government lobbying, manipulative propaganda and sensationalized campaigning. While the extremists distract our attention, the “professional” AR activists are removing your freedoms in multiple arenas, not just pets.
The animal rights movement has been called the “most serious domestic terrorism threat” by the FBI. John Lewis of the FBI stated the following in reference to the AR movement, “There’s been no other movement that has brought as much violence and destruction and vandalism.”
Are all AR groups extremists? No. However, the problem lies in the fact that many high-ranking officials with so-called “animal welfare” groups have beginnings in radical AR groups such as the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and like-minded groups. Do a simple internet search for “animal rights” along with any of the following names: John Goodwin, Michael W. Fox, Bruce Friedrich, Ingrid Newkirk, Rodney Coronado and Wayne Pacelle. These are just a few examples of people who now have well-paying careers with, or have received substantial money from national “animal welfare” groups and PeTA. They all have ties to noted AR extremist groups. They may wear suits now, but their hands have been dirty in the past.
The clean and manicured side of the AR movement consists of lawyers, doctors, scientists, lobbyists, and many other accredited professionals. They can use their titles an influence to push the AR agenda through scientific papers, medical research, government influence, etc. To be blunt, it’s scary.
While many groups were once legitimate animal welfare organizations concerned with the humane treatment of animals, many have strayed down the path of animals rights while posing as animal welfare groups. This allows them to bring in hundreds of millions of dollars annually through fraudulent fundraising. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), who runs NO local humane societies brought in $170,000,000+ last year with less than 1% going to local shelters. The ASPCA, who only runs one shelter in New York City and NO local SPCAs, brought in $160,000,000+ last year with less than 3% going to local rescues. Hundreds of other groups bring in additional millions while doing only enough actual animal welfare work to keep the money rolling in to push their AR agenda in our government.
For a bit more information, read the article below. While this article discusses PeTA, who fully claims to be an animal rights group, parallels can easily be drawn and similar articles written for the most financially lucrative of national “animal welfare” groups.
Animal rights is animal rights. It doesn’t matter if you are setting fires or lobbying politicians. The agenda is the same.
Pet owners are animal welfare advocates, not animal rights activists.
Note: Promoting and advocating for veganism/vegetarianism is much different than removing the choice and freedom of Americans through illegitimate lobbying practices, sensationalized propaganda and “junk science.”
Before reading the article, also realize that these groups are 501(c)3 tax-exempt organizations. They receive substantial tax benefits and can easily receive funds through sources not accessible to other groups. Even PeTA is a 501(c)3 “charitable” association. Here is an example of where their tax-exempt money goes:
Rodney Coronado: long-time chieftain of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF); jailed over 5 years for torching a university research lab; known to flee jurisdictions after warrants are issued for his arrest; confessed serial arsonist. Coronado received over $70,000 from PeTA in “grants” which included giving talks at universities pushing a radical AR agenda.
FBI Anti-Terror Unit Investigated PETA
We previously reported on the bipartisan condemnation PETA received from Virginia lawmakers with the passage of legislation targeting its “animal shelter.” But PETA’s “shelter” that kills over 90% of the animals in its care is far from the organization’s only black eye—PETA was also the subject of an FBI investigation, according to documents published by the Department of Justice [DOJ].
In 2001, the FBI Domestic Terrorism Operations Unit wrote a report on the findings from various investigations into PETA’s operations. The report claims PETA provided, “what can be considered at least tacit support for the [Animal Liberation Front] and its illegal activity.”A summary of the FBI’s findings said that PETA had “financed or contributed to the legal defense funds of some of animal’s rights extremists charged with crimes.” Notably, that included $70,000 to the defense of Rodney Coronado, who was convicted of arson.
The Animal Liberation Front (ALF), to which PETA provided “tacit support,” is classified by the FBI as a domestic terrorist group. According to FBI testimony, the organization, along with its environmental counterpart the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), has carried out “more than 600 criminal acts in the United States since 1996.” News outlets are currently speculating as to the organization’s involvement in a recent firebombing at a Nevada KFC, because the initials “ALF” were spray-painted on the drive-thru menu. In 2002 the FBI estimated that criminal acts from the ALF/ELF had caused 43 million dollars in damages.
The FBI’s investigation revealed that PETA donated $1,500 to the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) in order to pay the legal fees of its press officer. But not only is the organization’s contribution to the ELF troubling, so are PETA’s statements regarding the ALF. On its website PETA states, “we realize that [the ALF] have different methods and we try not to condemn any efforts in behalf of animals in which no one is harmed,” while Ingrid Newkirk has said, “I will be the last person to condemn ALF.”
PETA also trivializes the consequences of ALF’s terror attacks by claiming, “ALF ‘raids’ have provided proof of horrific cruelty that would not have been discovered or believed otherwise.” Not exactly the kind of swift denunciation one would hope for when talking about a terrorist organization, but unsurprising given PETA’s financial support of an ALF press officer.
The DOJ report also contains details about the FBI’s investigation of Greenpeace, a group with a history of law-breaking. Read the full report to learn some things you might not know. Animal activists complain that tough anti-terrorism laws hurt free speech, but the report shows there’s procedure and oversight involved in making sure only legitimate cases are pursued.
Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinions of others…Stay tuned -B