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Editorial: Peta

PETA: animal rights to the extreme

BY STEVE SCOTT/Special to Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Aug 08, 2018

This is taken from The Outdoor Wire, and written by Steve Scott.

The animal rights group PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has a fundamental problem which it states in its primary slogan: “Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on or use for entertainment.” Does anyone have a problem with this?

I’m not talking about people like most of us. Obviously, sportsmen and women have deep theological issues with the PETA mission, but what about the other 80 percent of Americans? Let’s analyze each aspect.

Animals are not ours to eat: Which is a pretty bold statement. Since man is a predator; you know, front-facing eyes, canine teeth, an abundance of nerve endings in the feet, it is in our very DNA to hunt for and eat meat. Even today, while the majority of Americans do not hunt, a recent Gallup poll found a whopping 94 percent of us eat meat, so PETA is very much in the minority on this issue.

Animals are not ours to wear: I would not be here today if our ancestors had not taken to wearing animal parts during the ice age when the darn cotton crop did not make it. Do not get me started about leather either. From shoes, to belts, to footballs, to the seats in a soccer mom’s Suburban, wearing animals is far from going out of fashion.

Animals are not ours to experiment on: While research using animals is often unpleasant, it is a necessity to improving the lot of humans. Animal research has advanced medicine and mankind in thousands of ways; from the elimination of dread diseases like polio and bubonic plague, to yet-to-be discovered advancements in cancer, Alzheimers, and heart disease research that will improve our quality of life for our children. PETA can scream about animal research all they like, but they too are the beneficiaries of these world-wide medical advances.

Animals are not ours for entertainment: Some folks have a problem with Sea World and the circus. Fine. But this broad prohibition on entertaining animals goes beyond PETA’s publicity stunts, for taken to its natural conclusion, our relationship with man’s best friend would forever be changed if PETA had its way. Teaching a Lab to retrieve properly or a bird dog to point in a controlled manner is considered abhorrent by PETA, but watching a good dog work is highly entertaining for me as a human. It is a pleasure to be in the field with well trained dogs, but it would be pleasure denied if PETA had its way.

I suppose that is the problem with PETA. They are so caught up in their zealous ideology that they miss their most important problem: no one can legislate a morality that conflicts with human nature.

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