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Animal rights groups go too far By Travis Kirin Animal rights groups such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals claim to be preventing animal abuse but instead seek to impose their antihuman ideology by trying to stop people from using animals to save human lives and helping terrorist organizations firebomb and threaten those who oppose them The modern animal rights movement got its start in the 1970s when Tom Regan and Peter Singer both wrote books claiming it was species-ist to make moral distinctions between human beings and animals What does this mean After a speech on animal rights in 1989 an audience member asked Regan If you were aboard a lifeboat with a baby and a dog and the boat capsized would you rescue the baby or the dog Regan responded If it were a retarded baby and a bright dog Id save the dog Ingrid Newkirk PETA national director and co-founder put the matter bluntly by noting 6 million people die in concentration camps but 6 million broiler chickens will die this year in slaughterhouses That Newkirk is comfortable comparing the raising of chickens for food to the Holocaust illustrates the depravity of the animal rights extremists Groups like PETA take this misanthropy and run with it by working to ban all medical research involving animals It is difficult for people today to imagine how devastating diseases such as polio small pox rubella and tetanus were before vaccinations were developed Thanks to vaccines all of these diseases have been practically eliminated in the United States and are slowly going by the wayside in the rest of the world Other human problems have been brought under control thanks to products synthesized with animal products Insulin for example has allowed millions of diabetics to prolong their lives Animal experimentation was essential for developing organ transplantation procedures that save thousands of lives annually Yet groups such as PETA want humanity to abandon
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