Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Animal-rights terrorists take away our right to life and liberty - LA Daily News

Animal-rights terrorists take away our right to life and liberty - LA Daily News: "By Edwin A. Locke, the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights.
Rallies at UCLA and other campuses in support of animal research are a welcome sign that scientists are beginning to stand up to the animal rights activists.
But if the defenders of research are to win out, they must be more firm in opposing the vicious inversion of morality inherent in the notion of animal 'rights,' in the name of which terrorists have committed hundreds of violent crimes.
According to these terrorists, it is immoral to eat meat, to wear fur coats or leather shoes, and to use animals in research - even if it would lead to cures for deadly diseases. The terrorists are unmoved by the indisputable fact that animal research saves human lives. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) makes this frighteningly clear: "Even if animal tests produced a cure for AIDS, we'd be against it."
How do the animal "rights" advocates try to justify their position? As someone who has debated them for years on college campuses and in the media, I know firsthand that the whole movement is typically based on a single - invalid - syllogism; namely, men feel pain and have rights; animals feel pain; therefore, animals have rights. This argument is entirely specious, because man's rights do not depend on his ability to feel pain; they depend on his ability to think." Read more.