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:
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
"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
"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,
Ingrid Newkirk, National
Director of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
"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,
"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,
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
Roger Caras, President
of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to
"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
"Don't breed (dogs) don't buy, don't even accept giveaways."
(Summer HSUS News 1991)
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
"We have no ethical obligation to
preserve the different breeds of livestock produced through
selective breeding."-(Animal People, May,
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)
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."