Animal Rightists – Violating the Legitimate Rights of Most People

To the man in the street, living within the gigantic concrete inner cities of the First World, the term “animal rights” has a wholesome and acceptable ring.   It is easy for the city slicker to erroneously cultivate the idea that it is synonymous with “animal welfare” – another wholesome sounding ideal. He has no idea that these two labels are very far from being equal.

TRUE Animal “welfare” people are concerned about how man treats the animals that he “uses” – when they plough a field or pull a cart. And when man has to kill an animal to obtain meat to eat, their only concern is that the killing process should be humane. So they don’t try to prohibit man’s use of animals, instead, they look after man’s civilised standards in his treatment of the animals that he uses. We should ALL, therefore, become and remain TRUE animal welfarists.

No matter what they say to the contrary, animal “rightists” are not concerned with regulating the humane treatment of animals. Their purpose is to ABOLISH all animal uses by man. And they insist that humankind should live on a vegetable diet alone.

In the agricultural field, they insist that there should be no farming with domesticated animals of any kind; no abattoirs; no butcheries; no supermarkets selling beef, mutton, pork, poultry or venison; or eggs, fish, cheese or milk. Cattle fences should be pulled down and the farmers’ cows, sheep and goats should be allowed to roam free.

In the wildlife arena, they insist that all the game fences that surround our game ranches, be pulled down and the animals they once contained should be allowed to roam free everywhere. Ownership of wild animals should be outlawed; there should be no catching; translocating, buying and/or selling of wild animals; no hunting; no harvesting; and every wild animal should be allowed to return to nature where it belongs. There should be no trade in wildlife and wildlife products – because, they say, it is immoral to make money out of wild animals.

The animal rightists, however, cannot achieve any of their goals without violating the legitimate rights of most people on planet earth; their doctrine is totally incompatible with the principles and practices of science-based wildlife management; and there is no place within civilised societies – anywhere – where humanity can accommodate their bizarre ideas.

There is a lot more that we need to discuss if society is to understand the iniquitous nature of the animal rights movement. And it is all bad… bad… bad.

But the above is enough for today.

Image Credit: Alan & Elfriede Ainslie

Ron Thomson

I am NOT a ‘trophy hunter’ - and never have been. I am not involved in the trophy hunting safari business. I am also not a game rancher. But I have ‘administratively controlled’ professional hunters and safari outfitters in my capacity as a government game warden. I am an 80 year old ex-game warden with 60 years of continuous experience in hands-on wildlife management, and national park management, in Africa (1959 to 2019). In breakdown, I have 24 years experience in the management of national parks in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe - and in the management of the wild animal populations that lived inside those national parks; one year as the Chief Nature Conservation of the Ciskei in South Africa; three years as Director of the Bophuthatswana National Parks Board in South Africa; and I worked for three years as a professional hunter in the South African Great Karoo (taking foreign hunters on quests for plains game trophies). I discovered, however, that professional hunting was not my forte. I worked as an investigative wildlife journalist for 30 years in South Africa. I have written fifteen books and hundreds of magazine articles on the subject of wildlife management and big game hunting in Africa. Five of my books are university-level text books on wildlife management. I am a university-trained ecologist; was a member of the Institute of Biology (London) for 20 years; and was a registered chartered biologist for the European Union for 20 years. I have VAST experience in the “management hunting” of elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards and hippos (as part of my official national park work in the control of problem animals); and I pioneered the capture of black rhino in Zimbabwe’s Zambezi Valley (1964 - 1970). My university thesis was entitled: “The Factors Affecting the Survival and Distribution of Black Rhinos in Rhodesia”. Look at my personal website if you want any further details about my experience: www.ronthomsonshuntingbooks.co.za.

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