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the Left hadn't exclusively reserved the term "extremist"
for pro-life Christian conservatives, they'd understand that it more
accurately describes any number of fringe groups they identify with,
such as animal rights activists. When you read newspaper stories about
recent outlandish activities by this "movement" you simply
don't see the term "extremist." But no word could be more
fitting, except maybe "screwball." Just consider the following
items, and tell me with a straight face that in a saner era, these
people wouldn't be considered full-fledged wackos. -- People for the
Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the ACLU have sued the District
of Columbia Arts Commission for discrimination because it rejected
a sculpture of a weeping and shackled baby elephant wearing a circus
sign. They're mad because the commission accepted another circus elephant
sculpture that didn't have the proper political slant. (The accepted
sculpture showed a happy elephant, God forbid.) Jane
Garrison, PETA's -- get this -- "elephant specialist," trumpeted,
"Life is no party for animals forced to perform in circuses.
If elephants' cries for justice can't be heard in Washington, maybe
the elephant should no longer be used to symbolize democracy."
-- The Rhode Island legislature is considering a bill that would forbid
live performances or displays of lions, elephants, tigers and bears
in that state. Lions, tigers and bears, oh my! -- Some lawyers believe
that animals ought to be able to sue in their own right. Cass Sunstein,
a University of Chicago law professor, favors the appointment of legal
guardians for animals. "African-Americans and women and handicapped
people and homosexuals -- they're all able to talk," she said.
"That made all the difference. If animals could speak, the law
would look a lot different." I guess Ms. Sunstein is unfamiliar
with Mr. Ed. -- Activists are urging the Eugene, Ore., City Council
to amend its city ordinances to recognize that people don't "own"
animals, but are their "guardians." One psychology professor
advocating the amendment says it will encourage people to change the
way they think about animals -- as beings instead of property. Yes,
I suppose irate Republican animal guardians would be much less likely
than Republican animal owners to kick their dogs when they got home
from work. And thats a good thing. -- PETA is demanding that
an Austin, Minn., high school stop using the nickname "Packers"
(short for "meatpackers") because it is "offensive."
The callous school remains defiant despite the hurt feelings of all
animals whose family members have been executed at slaughterhouses.
-- The German Bundestag voted to add "and animals" to a
law that requires the government to respect and protect the dignity
of human beings. The bill is mainly aimed at restricting the use of
animals in scientific experiments. (Note: The vast left-wing conspiracy
-- as distinguished from its feeble and fictitious counterpart on
the right -- is an international affair.) -- The Animal Liberation
Front (ALF) in New Zealand contaminated shampoo bottles with ammonia
and hydrogen peroxide and snuck them in supermarkets around the country
to bring attention to their claim that Procter & Gamble mistreats
animals during its product testing. ALF said the action was dedicated
to Barry Horne, a British vivisectionist serving an 18-year jail sentence
for a series of arson attacks, who died during a hunger strike in
November. Oh, that's understandable then. -- PETA was outraged with
a Connellsville, Pa., high school's plan to exploit a cow to raise
money for its prom. In the scheme, the school lawn was marked off
in thousands of squares and each of them was "sold" for
$10. Then a cow was led onto the lawn to defecate on a square. The
"owner" of the lucky square would win $10,000, and the balance
would fund the prom. PETA's apparent objection was that the cow was
not consulted in advance. One of its "cruelty caseworkers"
mooed that PETA is opposed to any activity using animals for entertainment.
"Specifically, it's very demeaning to the animal." After
reading about this, I tried to reach the cow for comment, but its
guardian thought that additional publicity would just further erode
its self-esteem. -- Spokesmen for the European Breast Conference said
that women breast cancer patients will suffer and die unnecessarily
because of delays caused by animal rights protesters. "Without
animal research we wouldn't make many of our most important discoveries
about breast cancer, but this wave of protest has cowed doctors and
made everything more expensive," said Michael Baum, Emeritus
Professor of Surgery at University College London. I rest my case.
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Legacy of Corruption in the Clinton-Reno Justice Department.
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