A UK guinea pig farm is closing down in a few months. The owner has had to give in to years of constant and very violent intimidation from animal rights extremists. He and his family were stalked; their premises were broken into and trashed several times; they received death threats, etc. By announcing the closure of their farm, he’s hoping that the body of his mother-in-law will be returned: it was stolen from the local churchyard.
Who uses that kind of tactics to blackmail someone? Who are the criminals here?
I love animals, but I’m not a vegetarian and I cannot be against animal experimentation [addendum: strictly for medical reasons]. A few years ago, I had cancer and my life was saved by proton therapy, which, I’m sure, was tested on animals first. I take thyroxine every day. It’s synthetic and must have been tested on animals. Without it, I couldn’t function properly. I am grateful to the scientists who developed those treatments and to the animals that suffered and lost their lives in the process.
I would never deliberately hurt an animal but faced with a choice between saving an animal or a human being, I know what I would do.
Loving animals doesn’t automatically make you a better person. Hitler was a vegetarian and apparently adored animals. I wonder how many of the mob that made the lives of the farm owners a misery abuse their children in some way. I wonder how many of them would refuse life-saving treatment if they or their nearest and dearest developed a serious illness.