We think you will agree the following quotations from top officials of animal rights extremism groups DO NOT reflect the balanced values individuals that feel proper care of animals is a human responsibility rather than an animal right extremism issue.

Paul J. Irwin, President of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS):

'The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) today called on pet owners and professional breeders to stop all breeding of dogs and cats... The moratoria proposed by the HSUS include both voluntary and mandatory plans,' Said Irwin. '(HSUS) asks pet owners and professional breeders to stop allowing their animals to breed for at least one year,'" - (HSUS News Release, March 18, 1993)


"The society said it would seek a mandatory two-year moratorium, calling for penalties against violators, if the temporary ban doesn't significantly reduce (dog numbers)." -(USA Today article on the HSUS plan, March 19, 1993)

Michael Fox, Head of HSUS's Center for Respect for Life and Environment:
"Humane treatment is just sentimental, sympathetic patronage."

"Humans are different. We're not superior. There are no clear distinctions between us and animals..." - (Returning to Eden, Fox Publications)

"The life of an ant and the life of my child should be granted equal consideration." (Inhumane Society, Fox Publications)

"Dr. Michael Fox of the Humane Society says that 'pet owner' is offensive too and should be changed to 'human companion of the nonhuman companion'" - (S. News and World Report 1992)

Kim Bartlett, Merritt Clifton, Editors of the Animal Activist Publication Animal People:
"Statistics generally don't support the claim that purebred enthusiasts are responsible for more than a fraction of the pet over population problem, but anti-breeding ordinances tend to target (breeders) because (they) can be identified and regulated much more easily than people who simply let unaltered animals roam." - (Animal People, May, 1993)

Ingrid Newkirk, National Director of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA):
"One Day, we would like an end to pet shops and the breeding of animals. (Dogs) would pursue their natural lives in the wild... They would have full lives, not waiting at home for someone to come home in the evenings and pet them and then sit there and watch TV." - (Where Would We Be Without Animals?" Chicago Daily Herald Mar. 1, 1990)

"Animal liberations do not separate out the human animal, so there is no rational basis for saying that a human being has special rights. A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy. They're all mammals." -(Vogue, September, 1989)

"Humans have grown like a cancer. We're the biggest blight on the face of the earth." -(Reader's Digest June, 1990)

Alex Pacheo, Chairman, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA):
"We feel that animals have the same rights as a retarded human child." -(New York Times, January 14, 1989)

Tom Regan, The Philosophy of Animal Rights, Culture and Animals Foundation:
"It is not larger, cleaner cages that justice demands... But empty cages."

Tom Regan, Q & A session following speech, "Animal Rights, Human Wrongs," University of Wisconsin-Madison, October 27, 1989:
( Answering a question whether he would save a dog or a baby if a boat capsized in the ocean.)

"If it were a retarded baby and bright dog, I'd save the dog."

Roger Caras, President of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA):
"People should not breed cats and dogs." -(Interview in "Throwaway Pets" PBS video, 1993)

John Hoyt, Chief Executive Officer of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS):
"Don't breed (dogs) don't buy, don't even accept giveaways." (Summer HSUS News 1991)

Nina Austenberg, HSUS Regional Director:
"We don't have time for the miracle of life for dogs and cats." (Interview in "Throwaway Pets" PBS video, 1993)

Wayne Pacelle, National Director of Fund for Animals:
"One generation and out. We have no problem with the extinction of domestic animals. The are creations of human selective breeding."

"We have no ethical obligation to preserve the different breeds of livestock produced through selective breeding."-(Animal People, May, 1993)

Gary Francione, Director of the Rutgers Animal Rights Law Clinic; and Tom Regan, Philosophy Professor, North Carolina State University:
"Not only are the philosophies of animal rights and animal welfare separated by irreconcilable differences ... the enactment of animal welfare measures actually impedes the achievement of animal rights" (emphasis added). ("A Movement's Means Create Its Ends," Animal Agenda January-February, 1992)

Gary Francione, The Animal Voice Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 54-56:
"The theory of animal rights is not consistent with the theory of animal welfare ... Animal rights means dramatic social changes for humans and nonhumans alike; if our bourgeois values prevent us from accepting those changes, then we have no right to call ourselves advocates of human rights."

 

 
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