Common Sense in Conservation (2)

What is an Animal Rightist (A/R)?

An A/R is a person that strives to ABOLISH all animal ’uses’ by man (both domestic and wild); and who believes that mankind can and should subsist on a vegetable diet alone.

They are silent, however, about the massive land use alterations that would be necessary to feed the world’s human population purely on plant food if man is denied the consumptive use of animals.

They are equally silent about the dramatic and continued loss of wildlife that would ensue if the world’s wildlife habitats are converted to agriculture.

If you wish to gain an understanding of the animal rights doctrine and how and why it adversely affects the natural world, you need to develop a ‘feeling’ for this rhetoric!  Who are these animal rightists?  How do they really fit into the bigger conservation picture – if at all?  

Ron Thomson

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