Environmentalism & Ideology

Anyone following the environmental movement over the years knows that what drives it is often much more about political ideology than any particular concern with nature, and this article from Commentary notes that.

An excerpt.

Tom Wilson and Ben Cohen have already written on these pages about how European liberals, supposedly in the name of animal rights, are banning kosher (and halal) slaughter. In such cases, concern for animal rights seems to be a rather thin veneer for other political objectives that have far more to do with intolerant ideologies than they do with protecting animals.

In the United States, animal-rights activism has found other pet causes but, at its core, activists seem less interested in protecting animals than in broader political agendas.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), a group that kills more animals in the name of rescue than some slaughterhouses do in the name of food, has decided to target the circus for the sin of utilizing animals in entertainment. “Animals aren’t actors, spectacles to imprison and gawk at, or circus clowns,” the organization’s website declares. “Yet thousands of these animals are forced to perform silly, confusing tricks under the threat of physical punishment; are carted across the country in cramped and stuffy boxcars or semi-truck trailers; are kept chained or caged in barren, boring, and filthy enclosures; and are separated from their families and friends—all for the sake of human ‘entertainment.’”

What’s wrong with entertainment? And if that entertainment actually teaches children about animals, why is that bad? NYCLASS, another self-described animal-rights organization which has been leading the charge to ban horse-drawn carriages in New York City, has also recently stepped up its efforts to ban Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus from New York City. Much of the accusation of animal cruelty–especially toward elephants–is nonsense, and criminal nonsense at that

Retrieved March 19, 2014 from http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2014/03/19/are-animal-rights-activists-really-concerned-about-animals/

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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