Animal Rights Activists Need to Rethink Their Positions

RECEIVED Fri., Dec. 22, 2006

Dear Editor,
    Congratulations to Jordan Smith for her piece "Famous Long Ago" [News, Dec. 15]. The research on this article was no doubt extensive and difficult.
    The actions of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are typical of this cult. Its animosity toward other groups (even other animals rights organizations) is well known and follows the highly personalized outlook of its leader Ingrid Newkirk. In essence, PETA knows best how to kill animals (mass poisoning) and opposes those who take a different tack. Friends of Animals, for its part, should take on projects like Primarily Primates Inc. with an aim to doing the job right so "predator" groups like PETA will be less likely to swoop in for the publicity kill.
    The entire animal rights/welfare community needs to rethink what they are about, especially in light of Peter Singer's recent endorsement of vivisection on apes if such would help humans with life-threatening diseases. Singer is the leading theorist in the animal rights movement.
Stephen W. McGuire
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