Journalist for Life

It’s become as achingly regular and just as irritating as a publicly funded documentary claiming to disprove Christianity. Celebrities and activists, that is, moaning on about animal rights and telling us that our humanity is defined by how much we care for kittens. The reason this is so bitingly relevant to the pro-life movement is because of the deep, dark links between the animal liberation movement and supporters of eugenics and population control. This is not about an entirely reasonable and indeed laudable concern for creatures and opposition to abuse of the vulnerable. That was animal-lovers of the past. The current wave argue an equality between species and blame humans for damage to animals and their environment. More people, more harm. More abortion, less pain. Simple as that.

If anybody has any doubts about the mutually exclusive nature of animal worship and authentic human rights, they should consider the case of the three men currently serving prison sentences in Britain after they were convicted two years ago of a prolonged terrorist campaign against the owners of a guinea pig farm. The farm owners, brothers Chris and John Hall, were the victims of systematic threats, abuse and violent attacks on their property. Animal rights extremists even used explosives in an attempt to so frighten the village community that the owners of the farm would be ostracized and have to sell their business.

The brothers and their families became virtual prisoners and their neighbors were afraid to be seen even speaking to the Halls in case they too would be targeted. One man who merely supplied fuel to the farm had a brick thrown through the window of his home at his head and his clients received letters accusing him of being a pedophile.

The final outrage occurred when activists dug up the body of Chris Hall’s mother-in-law, Gladys Hammond, and stole it from St. Peter’s churchyard. The remains have never been returned and the body is thought to have been cut into a number of separate pieces. The Hall brothers surrendered. Another victory for the animal rights movement.

Johnny Holmes, a spokesman for the campaign, told reporters at the time that, “This is the most fantastic day of my life. It’s a victory for the animals and it’s a fundamental victory for the animal rights movement.” There was no comment from those suffering, or dying, from chronic respiratory diseases, many of which are being treated with medication developed from research on guinea pigs.

Here lies the quintessence of the debate. Once the difference between, concern for and obsession with animals is obscured, it is a short leap to use violence against people for the sake of guinea pigs, dogs or, for that matter, earthworms. In fact, it is only logical. If humanity has no right to use animals at all, animal supporters have every right to use any means necessary to achieve their ends.

The relativist slide began more than 30 years ago when militants in Europe planted bombs in stores that stocked fur coats. Their defence was that the buildings were empty and thus nobody was harmed. Not quite the case. Night staff and security guards were put in danger, as were the firefighters called to deal with the situation. It also meant that a life-threatening emergency in the same area may not have received the speedy response it required.

The last three decades have seen a colossal numbing of Western culture and an exponential grown in the feelings industry. We are no longer asked what we know, but how we feel. And kittens and puppies make us feel just like we’re supposed to feel when we see them staring at us from glossy calendars or PETA propaganda. It’s also bleakly pagan, tied to hand-me-down pantheism and the notion that we are all part of some circle of life, including Disney and Elton John songs.

Neurosis has smothered thought. We find ways to explain away starving Africans or slaughtered unborn babies but insist, to use the animal rights line, on speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves. In 2002, Ontario politician Mike Colle broke down in tears at a press conference because his proposed legislation on puppy mills had been rejected by the legislature. Not once, but several times, did this man lose his composure because a draconian bill demanding extraordinary punishment for people who raise dogs for sale in dreadful conditions failed to become law.

Puppy mills are awful, but abortion mills are far worse. No political tears, however, for the pre-born.