PETA and Pam Anderson

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PETA and Pam Anderson

Last night Comedy Central roasted Pamela Anderson and while the roast was funny at times it amounted to a bunch of virtually unknown comics making the same X rated jokes using different words. Probably the funniest line of the night was that Pam Anderson screwed more rock stars than Napster. Apparently the roast took place because Comedy Central agreed to donate a good deal of money to PETA and Pam is a huge supporter of this organization.

While I have donated money to organizations that save animals I always do so with a concern in the back of my mind that I should probably be donating to causes that help humans before animals.

This morning I was thinking about PETA and their campaign a while back that compared the slaughter of chickens to the holocaust. I can’t for the life of me understand how these people live with themselves. How can you compare the slaughter of humans to chickens?

When people start to put the health and welfare of animals above or on the same level as humans I believe it is time for alarm bells to go off. Yes, I love animals so I refuse to be labeled as an animal hater but people should always come before animals. With all the starving children in the world, the abused women and children and all the persecution, how can we spend so much time, energy and effort debating the ideal way to slaughter a chicken?

This press release came to my inbox today and got me thinking. It is worth reading although I have not confirmed any of it.


Animal Rights Movements Cruelty to Humans
By Alex Epstein

The animal rights movement has pulled off a deadly deception: promote a vicious, anti-human policy, while feigning benevolent, compassionate motives. The deception takes the form of opposing life-saving medical research--in the name of opposing cruelty to animals.

Consider PETAs ongoing campaign against Covance, a company that conducts vital medical research on animals to fight diseases such as breast cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimers. PETA is staging an elaborate, heavily backed PR effort claiming that Covance engages in gratuitous and unnecessary torture of monkeys. The centerpiece of the campaign is a 5-minute video allegedly proving PETAs accusations.

In fact, PETAs effort is a classic smear campaign. Many of the abuses it documents--such as the use of restraints or delivering drugs through nasal tubes--are necessary to effectively administer drugs to animals. And the few examples of seemingly inappropriate behavior they find, such as the bizarre taunting of monkeys by a few Covance employees, are treated as pervasive industry practice--even though it took a PETA operative (operating illegally within Covance) over 10 months to cull a mere handful of such instances.

No sane person seeks to inflict needless pain on animals. Such practices, where they exist, should be condemned. But anyone concerned for human life must unequivocally endorse the rightness of using animals in medical research.

Animal research is absolutely necessary for the development of life-saving drugs, medical procedures, and biotech treatments. According to Nobel Laureate Joseph Murray, M.D.: Animal experimentation has been essential to the development of all cardiac surgery, transplantation surgery, joint replacements, and all vaccinations. Explains former American Medical Association president Daniel Johnson, M.D.: Animal research--followed by human clinical study--is absolutely necessary to find the causes and cures for so many deadly threats, from AIDS to cancer.

Millions of humans would suffer and die unnecessarily if animal testing were prohibited. But this is exactly what PETA and other
animal rights organization seek. They believe that all animal research should be banned, including research conducted as humanely as possible (the declared and scrupulously practiced policy of most animal researchers).

The founder of PETA, Ingrid Newkirk, has declared unequivocally that animal research is immoral even if its essential and that Even painless research is fascism, supremacism. When questioned what her movements stance would be if animal tests produced a cure for AIDS, Newkirk responded: Wed be against it. Chris DeRose, founder of the group Last Chance for Animals, writes: If the death of one rat cured all diseases, it wouldnt make any difference to me.

The goal of the
animal rights movement is not to stop sadistic animal torturers; it is to sacrifice human well-being for the sake of animals. This goal is inherent in the very notion of animal rights. According to PETA, the basic principle of animal rights is: animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment--they deserve consideration of their own best interests regardless of whether they are useful to humans. This is in exact contradiction to the requirements of human survival and progress, which demand that we kill animals when they endanger us, eat them when we need food, run tests on them to fight disease. To ascribe rights to animals is to contradict the purpose and justification of rights: the protection of human interests. Rights are moral principles governing the interactions of rational, productive beings, who prosper not in a world of eat or be eaten, but a world of voluntary, mutually beneficial cooperation and trade.

The death and destruction that would result from any serious attempt to pretend that animals have rights would be catastrophic--for humans--a prospect the movements most consistent members embrace. Newkirk calls human beings the biggest blight on the face of the earth. Freeman Wicklund of Compassionate Action for Animals declares: We need a drastic decrease in human population if we ever hope to create a just and equitable world for animals.

The central issue in the animal rights debate is not whether it is acceptable to torture animals, but whether it is proper to use them for human benefit. The animal rights movements emphasis on the senseless torture of animals--in the rare cases where it actually exists--is a red herring. It is a way of promoting opposition to life-saving animal research companies, and sympathy for themselves--so as to further their evil agenda of subjugating human beings to animals. They must not be allowed to get away with such dishonesty. What is needed is a principled, intellectual defense of the absolute right of animal experimentation, against the deadly notion of animal rights. Anything less is cruelty to humans.

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