Why I Don’t Support the Animal Rights Movement: (And Why if You Love Your Pet, You Shouldn’t Either)

Animals Rights. I’m sure you’ve heard the term. Animal Rights activists fight for the rights of animals – sounds good, right?

Of course it sounds good, so why the hell wouldn’t I support it? Of course I believe that animals should have rights! They should have the right to their life, health, and respect, just like people. I’m sure you agree, and when you hear Animal Rights, this is probably what comes to mind.

I remember when I first became a vegetarian many years ago. I looked to PETA to lead the way for me. I got all these whacky pro-vegetarian stickers sent to my house in a free “vegetarian starter kit, and I passed them out at school and supported the hell out of PETA. I supported their mission, because, who wouldn’t? They’re a group dedicated to saving and helping animals, right?

You might want to sit down.

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Since 1998, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has killed over 36,000 animals. 93% of all animals that fall under PETA’s care never make it out alive.

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PETA has been caught literally kidnapping pets from people’s yards and taking them to be euthanized. PETA and other extremist AR groups like the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) have been caught staging things like exotic animal escapes and attacks that lead to stricter animal ownership laws. When the rose-colored glasses come off, the horrible truths go on and on.

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In 2014, surveillance footage showed a PETA employee stealing Maya, a beloved chihuahua, from her porch as she sat outside in her favorite spot. Maya was euthanized immediately upon intake despite laws requiring rescues to hold animals for 5 days. PETA has owned up, calling it “a tragic mistake” (not sure how you accidentally trespass, steal and then euthanize a family pet, but ok). Maya’s heartbroken family is suing PETA for $9 million dollars.

I know, I know, you want proof of all of these outlandish claims. I’m glad you want proof – always ask for proof. That’s a good habit to have. Never change.

For the ultimate truthseeker, I invite you to explore petakillsanimals.com – they did all the work for me, and all of their work is well cited and backed up. Proof galore, just how we like it. For some quick things to get you thinking, though, I’m sure your biggest question is WHY? Why would a group that claims to love animals KILL them? Doesn’t that seem insane?

It’s very insane. PETA and the entire Animal Rights movement is exactly that – very insane. Here is a quote explaining the reason behind killing animals from the president of PETA and “mother” of the Animal Rights movement herself, Ms. Ingrid Newkirk, who is an actual lunatic:

“The animals got the gift of euthanasia, and to them it was the best gift they’ve ever had. How dare you pretend to help animals and turn your back on those who want an exit from an uncaring world!” Ingrid Newkirk, PETA President.

Oh. Well, m-maybe she was just joking! Yeah, that’s it…it’s all just a joke. Just a silly joke. Haha…ha-

Okay, here we are at a press conference in 2005, like…in public. Here’s what she said when asked to elaborate on why PETA employees were arrested after dumping hundreds of dead animals in a dumpster. Surely she had an explanation.

“Euthanasia is the kindest gift to a dog or cat unwanted and unloved.”

Was that too subtle? Here’s another one.

“I would go to work early, before anyone got there, and I would just kill the animals myself. I must have killed a thousand of them, sometimes dozens every day.” – Ingrid Newkirk, PETA President. Also President of Psychopathiopia, a small but powerful country west of Batshitcrazyland.

But enough about Ingrid, here’s a direct quote about euthanasia from PETA’s own website to set us straight:

“Euthanasia literally means “good death,” and euthanasia is painless, quick, and dignified. Because of the high number of unwanted companion animals and the lack of good homes, the most humane thing that a shelter worker can do is give an animal a peaceful release from a world in which dogs and cats are often considered surplus.”

Super helpful, thanks PETA! I knew you guys would clear this up for us.

So by now, I think we’ve begun to gather the basics. Euthanasia gives Animal Rights activists a hard-on.

And you know what? Coming from a vet tech who has had to assist with countless euthanasias, for an old and/or extremely sick animal who is suffering, euthanasia is a very fair choice; a peaceful way to go. But these aren’t old, sick pets without a quality of life that PETA is killing. PETA is actually taking perfectly healthy pets and killing them, and in some cases, they’re straight up stealing beloved pets from their forever homes, like in the case of Maya. Family pets mysteriously vanish every year, never to be found again- who’s to say that they weren’t taken by PETA without a survalliance camera to catch them in the act!

This still doesn’t explain why they do it. Why would they go out of their way to kill animals who already have homes? Or healthy puppies with the ability to quickly get adopted?

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These pups looks to be no older than 4 months. Found in a dumpster outside PETA headquarters.

They do it because they believe that this is what these animals want. Yep. They are that crazy. They believe that animals would rather die than live alongside humans.

Psht, yeah- tell that to Brynn, my dog who is literally trying to lay across my laptop right now to be as close to me as possible. Or explain it to Oliver, my corgi who we threw a birthday party for today because he just turned 7. He got to devour a cheeseburger while we sang to him. But yeah he’s totally miserable and would rather die. Totally.

Friggin’ walnuts.

This is the thought process of ALL Animal Rights, or AR groups (Humane Society of the United States is another huge offender.)

Now getting back to the point, AR activists say that animals want to be euthanized, because did you know that AR activists can read animal minds? This must be why they also know that all zoo animals are depressed, feel imprisoned, and want to be free and/or want to die. And of course, the wild is just like a Disney movie where animals have friends and families and sing songs and go on adventures, and poachers never come up to them and cut their faces off or stick a spear in their head. Fun fact: did you know that poachers force feed turtles rocks to increase their weight so they’ll be paid more for them? Did you know that a gorilla named Michael who was taught sign language described the horror of watching his mother be killed by poachers? Look it up, it’s true. Pretty sure there’s no twisting that.

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Out in the wild where he belongs – he looks so happy! :l

Like I’ve said in blogs before, of course everyone wants to see animals living in their natural habitats. That is undoubtedly the best case scenario, but guess what? Humans are destroying those places. Humans are finding and killing in the most obscene and horrific ways possible every last wild animal, and if the AR groups have it their way, all wild animals will go extinct, which is actually what they think is better than animals being cared for by people. God forbid we help them not go extinct.

AR groups are guilty of anthropomorphizing animals, giving them human thoughts and emotions to control the masses, when these people have no real knowledge of animal behavior. There is no way of knowing that these animals aren’t “sad” or “depressed”… or wait, is there? According to people who actually study animal behavior and biology, if an animal is eating, breeding, and expending energy, they’re feeling comfortable and healthy, and that’s what animals at zoos are doing despite the claims that they’re just so sad.

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Wow, this frolicking baby rhino and his mama look absolutely miserable as they live together in safety with an endless supply of food, ample space, and the best veterinary care possible for the rest of their days, never having to face the horrors of poaching.

What’s that? It’s time for another precious quote from our girl, Ingrid? Woo!

“The bottom line is that people don’t have the right to manipulate or to breed dogs and cats… If people want toys, they should buy inanimate objects. If they want companionship, they should seek it with their own kind.”

Not convincing enough? Say no more,

“Pet ownership is an absolutely abysmal situation brought about by human manipulation.”

And another, because I know you just love ‘em!

“You don’t have to own squirrels and starlings to get enjoyment from them … 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 wasting at home for someone to come home in the evening and pet them and then sit there and watch TV.”

ONE MORE SONG, ONE MORE SONG!

“In the end, I think it would be lovely if we stopped the whole notion of pets altogether.”

Okay, so this lady clearly sucks. She doesn’t think animals should be pets or interact with humans at all, plain and simple. But wait, what’s this, hiding behind your ear? *does a cheesy magic trick* Oh! You guessed it! It’s another Ingrid Newkirk quote!

“I love walking someone else’s dog. I don’t have the luxury of having a dog myself because I travel too much, but I love walking and cuddling somebody else’s dog. I just came back from the shelter today and they let me walk three dogs at lunchtime. It was great.” -Literally Ingrid Newkirk

YO FOR REAL I am not making this shit up. This woman has advocated against pet ownership her entire life, and yet she likes walking someone else’s pet dog on a leash because she doesn’t have the luxury of having a dog herself?? So now dog ownership is a luxury? Ex-fucking-cuse me?!

This is your leader, AR groups. And here’s one for the road, just in case you weren’t 100% convinced that this woman is a grade A psychopath:

“When I die I want the ‘meat’ of my body to be used for a human barbecue, to remind the world that the meat of a corpse is all flesh, regardless of whether it comes from a human being or another animal and that flesh foods are not needed.”

I’m a vegetarian and even I think that shit is crazy. A human barbecue. Yeah no that’s totally normal. Let’s do it.

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See ya at the BBQ, Ingrid!

People in alarming numbers are listening to this woman and her ideas and following out her master plan of abolishing human and animal interactions all together. Is that really what you want?

Well, I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve seen many of the horrible things that we humans do to animals, be they livestock, wild, or our own companions, and here’s what I think – humans. are. literally. shit.

Humans are AWFUL to animals. We torture and kill them in factory farms, all while obliterating rainforests to clear land for more livestock that produce so much pollution it’s poisoning the earth. We build condos and malls on their habitats and then kill them when we find them digging through our trash because we left them with no where else to go. We go into the ocean, a place we clearly don’t even belong, and then when one of us is bitten by a shark we take it personally as if a shark should know better and respond by culling the first shark we find to give everyone peace of mind…all with the mindset that while they shouldn’t be allowed to hurt us, we’re allowed to cut their fins off and throw them back into the ocean to die slowly for a bowl of tasteless soup.

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Say it with me now: humans suck!

There was a recent study done that found that an alarming number of people go out of their way to purposely hit turtles and other animals they see in the roads. Humans cut the faces off of elephants and rhinos while their babies watch. They steal sea turtle eggs from right behind the mother as she lays them to market as aphrodisiacs. They slaughter manta rays, the most gentle, most intelligent species of fish on Earth, cut out the gill rakers they use to filter their food and then market them as medicine with the ability to filter cancer from your system (spoiler alert, traditional Chinese medicine is complete bullshit). God forbid they be venomous – have you ever seen a rattlesnake round-up? We torture thousands of them for fun, drawing on the walls in their blood, skinning them alive, all for what they are, and goodness knows that anytime someone comes upon a snake, even if it’s minding its own business, they chop its head off. We squish every spider we see because we don’t want to look at it. We make dogs and roosters fight to the death for money. We make horses race until their bodies break at the age of 3. We buy puppies and bearded dragons for our children and then act surprised when our child loses interest, and we leave them tied to trees when we’re done playing with them.

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It doesn’t get much sicker than this. Children are taught that mutilating innocent creatures is fun at Rattlesnake Roundups. Those hand prints on the wall behind them? Blood. These people are actually monsters.

If I’m being completely honest here, we don’t fucking deserve animals.

We don’t. Because what do they do in return for us? Sure, there are a few good shark and bear and hippopotamus attacks each year. Venomous snakes don’t like getting stepped on, naturally, so they pick a handful of us off for that. But does it equal the amount of them that we kill? It’s foolish to even entertain the idea of them ever getting even with us. Forget the cobras and the crocodiles and the great whites and the box jellyfish, humans are by a long shot the most deadly species of animal on this planet.

So, should we even be allowed to be around animals? When you look at it that way, no. Probably not.

But wait, I don’t do any of those horrible things. And neither do a large majority of the people I know. I love animals. I’d feed my dogs before I fed myself; hell, I’d take a bullet for them. I’ve trudged across sub-zero beaches during high tide at 3am to save sea turtles. I’ve run in front of moving vehicles to save reptiles from cars. In my line of work I’ve assisted in saving countless dogs and cats, and I gave a forever home to two mangy, sickly little rescue kittens. Do I deserve animals? Not necessarily. But I love them, and I need them, and so I’m picking up the slack for my species, and I know so many other people who are doing the same and more.

Animals make us better. The human race may not deserve animals, but they need animals. We all do.

We need them to remind us how small we are when we’re in the middle of the ocean on a whale watch and get to see an adult humpback breech 12 times in a row. We need them to remind us that this world is a beautiful place when we see a red tail hawk soar across a pink and orange sunset. We need them to fill us with wonder as we pull over on the side of the road to observe a herd of deer. We need them to be there for us, waiting by the door with a wagging tail, to show us the meaning of unconditional love. We need them, because each time we interact with them, we become better. We become reminded of the simplicity of nature and the innocence of every other species aside from our own. We’re inspired to be better because they are.

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Animals are proven by science to be therapeutic to humans; they can literally heal us. They can be taught to lead and care for the handicapped, serve and protect our communities, carry us for miles on their backs, help us hunt and farm and guard our homes and families with their lives. When we are allowed to witness this, to form a bond or a partnership with an animal, we are made better by it every single time. And I’m not sure if you’ve noticed lately, but the human race needs to get better. We desperately need it.

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Partners, best friends.

And so we desperately need animals. The further we are separated from them by AR groups, the less we will care about them, and so maybe it doesn’t seem like it, but they need us, too. The last thing that animals need is more humans that don’t care about them. There are so many humans out there doing good things for animals. I recently watched some amazing videos from a rescue group that worked for hours to pull 9 puppies out of a narrow 12 foot cave, bringing them to safety and finding them all loving homes. Then they caught a fearful dog with raging sarcoptic mange and put time and love into her and transformed her into a different animal who also found a loving home. My cats, Calvin and Amy, were found dying on the streets, caught and cared for and saved – if humans hadn’t found them, they wouldn’t get to cuddle with us every night, because they’d be dead.

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These brave men risk their lives every day against poachers with rocket launchers and helicopters to protect the critically endangered rhinos.

Every day people risk and sometimes even lose their lives to stand up to poachers. I’ve seen people pull all-nighters to stay up and save turtles. I’ve met biologists who would rather live paycheck to paycheck and save animals than work a steady, good paying job as a professor. Species like the bald eagle, Burmese star tortoise, peregrine falcon, crested gecko, and California condor would be extinct today if it weren’t for humans. I work for some amazing organizations that are volunteering their time, money and minds to save species, with nothing but the gratification of helping animals in return. I have countless friends, they aren’t scientists or anything, just regular folks, that are breeding endangered species inside their homes with nothing but their own passion fueling them. I volunteer with a huge community of incredible people who volunteer hours of their time just to educate the public about animals. There are so many amazing people fighting for animals and so many animals that wouldn’t be alive today if it weren’t for people.

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Conservation efforts in the 1970s-1980s saved America’s symbol, the bald eagle, from extinction. In 2006 they were taken off the endangered species list. Today they are classified as a species of least concern.

But if the AR groups separate us; make it so we cannot live with or see animals anymore, we’ll forget how they made us better. We’ll forget it’s like to watch a rainbow of tropical fish swim by in an aquarium and how it inspires us to want to save the ocean. Children in countries other than Africa will grow up without having ever seen an elephant; they won’t care that they’re going extinct. We’ll grow fearful again of snakes once we forget that we once had them as pets, and we’ll kill every single one we see, forgetting how absolutely beautiful they are.

We’ll forget the feeling of a purring cat on our lap and the love of a good dog – and that is something that I am certain would doom the human species.

We can coexist, and we must coexist. We all are and will always be interconnected. Don’t let AR groups take that away from us.

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For more information about the truth about the Animal Rights movement, please visit:

https://www.humanewatch.org

http://usark.org

https://petakillsanimals.com

And read The Invisible Ark: In Defense of Captivity, by Dave and Tracey Barker.

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16 thoughts on “Why I Don’t Support the Animal Rights Movement: (And Why if You Love Your Pet, You Shouldn’t Either)

  1. Thank you for all you do.
    My cats thank you.
    My dog thanks you.
    My 34,000 scaly, slimy and furry coworkers thank you.
    The coywolf in my yard thanks you.
    The mole under my deck thanks you.
    The spider in the corner of my bathroom thanks you.

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    1. I agree with many points in your article, as well I don’t support PETA but I can’t say I agree with your statement that the entire animal rights movement is the problem. There are many great organizations out there that fight for animal rights in the right way and the changes in legislation and support for farm animals would never have happened if people didn’t believe that animals have the right to live without inhumane cruelty and torture nor would the increase in vegetarianism and veganism have occurred. There would be no felony for cruelty to animals in the United States without the animal rights movement and recognition that animals are subject to human cruelty more often than not. I do not think it’s accurate to say that the entire animal rights movement and anyone that believes in animal rights is the problem, if you work to alienate people from the belief that animals are their own sentient beings and just stick to animals are there for us then that is an even bigger problem than the animal rights movement. The belief that animals exist for human use is the perpetrator in all of this.

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      1. There’s a major difference between animal rights and animal welfare. Animal welfare laws are ingrained in every single system that involves animals: research, agriculture, zoological care, pet ownership. Are there people who break the rules and commit atrocious acts? Yes. But for every person that breaks a law there are countless others that do adhere to it. The animal rights movement brings to light some of these horrible acts but more often times than not, its through propaganda and subversive acts. There is and always has been progress made from those who work with animals everyday.

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      2. Great read. I’ve heard about PETA’s ‘controversy before, and it makes me sick to think that this is what they do in the name of animal rights. I also, however, agree with the comment made above in that animal rights supporters are the ones we have to credit for actually standing up in politics and getting laws enacted that protect animals (and yes, more work needs to be done). One aspect that I find confusing about your article: why do you use hunting as an example for an animal-human relationship, including picture? After all
        this, do you actually support hunting?

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      3. Thank you for your kind words! I absolutely support hunting in place of getting meat from factory farms. Sustainable hunting is a much better way for people to get meat than the majority of people in the world who buy their meat from terrible factory farms that exhume cruelty and destroy the environment. I am a vegetarian but I am also very realistic. I know we will never get everyone to stop eating meat, but if less people supported factory farms through 99% of the stuff you buy at the grocery store/restaurants, the world would be better.

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  2. I love your passion for animals and it’s mega that you’re vegetarian.

    You listed so many heinous acts against animals, yet you missed out puppy mills. Puppy mills and people profiting from animals is why I will never encourage breeding, only rescuing domesticated animals… Until they all saved and then let them live as they should without human intervention 💚

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  3. Thank you Amanda for authentically caring for animals.
    Your beautifull writing made me cry in some parts.
    Because of people like you I still have a little hope in humanity.
    Also I agree with you on that Justine.

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  4. Your article was both meaningful and annoying. The first half mainly annoying because it appeared to be written by a petulant teenager rather than a serious writer. But I pushed on, as I was told it got better. And it did. I agree that PETA is outrageous and doesn’t deserve a penny from anybody. But I’m also completely irked that you think that ALL people fighting for animal rights are nuts. Some of your views here could be considered extreme. Like feeding your dogs before you’d feed yourself. That’s stupid. If you die, who then feeds your dogs? Come on now..

    And using a picture of a dog next to his ‘best friend’ who is clearly a duck hunter, about to kill some ducks, is hardly a call for animal and human unity.

    While a lot of your article is worth read and mentioning, a lot of it isn’t. And, like the vast majority of this generation’s vegans and vegetarians, you’re proving that you’re either not able or not willing to use logic above emotion. And you end up pouring a ton of effort into your cause, but you’re not getting anywhere, because your viewpoint ends up seeming nonsensical.

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  5. To clear up just a few points:

    -Not once did I say that all people who support AR groups are crazy/awful. I was mainly talking about the people who really know what is going on behind the scences. I acknowledge that most people have good intentions behind supporting AR groups.

    -There is a huge difference between animal rights and animal welfare. I think that anyone who considers themselves an animal rights activist should look into animal welfare. I am a huge supporter of animal welfare, which largely includes fighting for better treatment of livestock, a huge issue close to my heart.

    -I absolutely support hunting in place of getting meat from factory farms. Sustainable hunting is a much better way for people to get meat than the majority of people in the world who buy their meat from terrible factory farms that exhume cruelty and destroy the environment. I am a vegetarian but I am also very realistic. I know we will never get everyone to stop eating meat, but if less people supported factory farms through 99% of the stuff you buy at the grocery store/restaurants, the world would be better. 99% of the hunters I know hunt sustainably, consume all of their kill, and respect/love nature.

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  6. hunting to replace commercial farms for food? that is like saying we should forage in the forest for plants rather than plant grains and veggies

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    1. It will never replace it, but what I am saying is that surely no one who eats meat from commercial farms (thus supporting that horrible industry) has any right to criticize someone who collects their own meat sustainably.

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  7. Please don’t make this about “rescue”. versus “pure bred”. Good people breed dogs.. I am one… I have had my chosen breed for over 40 years. I have in all those years bred six litters. I can tell you where each pup went and the FACT that each home was vetted either by me or someone I trusted. Breeding good dogs COSTS money, and it should never be about MAKING money. “Rescue” has become an industry with dogs being imported to fill our shelters. Puppies and adult dogs must be neutered before they leave a shelter.. Thus helping guarantee PETA’s and HSUS’s agenda of elimination of the next generation… Where will your grandchildren get a dog?.. Hopefully from a caring and responsible breeder like me. ( FYI, .. I hate the factory farms too .. Ever driven Highway 5 through central California and passed by the stockyards of Harris Ranch ??… nuff said..)

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    1. I’m glad you commented this! I am in full support of responsible, caring breeders. They are never the issue. Not more, but ALL of the blame must be placed on puppy mills, backyard breeders, and people who do not spay/neuter their animals.

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