They will tell you that animal rights activists care more about animals than they do people. They consistently set up ridiculous, accusatory, either/or scenarios. [Save the dog, let the child drown.] In their minds, people cannot advocate equally for both humans and non-humans. One wonders if they realize they possess the innate ability to both walk AND talk simultaneously.
The truth is, many animal rights activists have spent lifetimes giving of themselves and their resources to the human beings in their lives; as well as volunteering within their communities to help the poor, hungry, homeless and anyone else in need which crosses their path. This is because individuals possessing genuine compassion and empathy cannot turn it on and off like a faucet, compartmentalizing who is deserving of their support and sympathy, versus who they will unceremoniously trash as being unworthy. When one cares deeply about suffering and injustice it naturally flows into every part of their existence. Attempting to correct the outlandishly cruel treatment of non-humans, who have zero ability to advocate for themselves, is simply an extension of that creed of fairness. Individual ethics, morals and striving for an ever higher level of personal enlightenment is often the driving force behind animal rights activism. And those making their fortunes off of the torture and murder of the helpless, have yet to realize that this movement will continue regardless of their highly nefarious tactics in attempting to crush it.
The real "radicals" are the corporations and their lackeys who write legislation [Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act] which muzzles and criminalizes free speech, labeling those distributing pamphlets on public sidewalks, terrorists, and locking them away far longer than actual violent offenders; or who use the FBI to infiltrate vegan potlucks, inventing their own terrorist plots in an attempt to entrap peaceful individuals whose only crime is choosing a non-violent diet/lifestyle.
Animal terrorists take the view that one has the right to "own" other living beings, with all that egregiously implies. By its nature the term imparts tyrannical powers. A license to dominate which disregards the most basic needs, desires and feelings of its victims.
They refuse to conceive of a world where ALL living flesh and blood, regardless of species, are entitled to certain basic rights. The truth is, for those who "get it," who truly respect non-humans, they already understand it is morally repugnant to view them as property. One "owns" inanimate objects. Furniture, cars, homes. If someone were to say they "owned" their children, they would rightfully invoke the wrath and disgust of most rational people. One is guardian to their children. Non-human members of society should be considered no differently under the law.
Courts appoint guardians--not owners--for minors. Yet, those who are equally as defenseless against exploitation are still at the mercy of barbaric, archaic laws which have been on the books for centuries. Non-humans remain the most maligned, disenfranchised majority of sentient individuals on the planet; flatly dismissed and contemptuously objectified to the point of invisibility on one hand, and yet of crucial importance to man's very survival on the other. The schizophrenic way in which society views and treats non-humans is a mind-bending, disgraceful abomination.
Among one of the most monumental lies told by Big-Ag to consumers, is that animal profiteers treat their charges [merchandise] well. They claim, "Our No. 1 priority has to be the health and well-being of our animals." But the flood of undercover videos shot inside animal-ag hellholes bears witness to something quite different. Big-Ag, which claims such stellar respect for animals, has launched a plethora of fascist legislation in several states--so called "ag-gag" laws--which criminalize First Amendment rights, not only for those filming the industry's rampant abuse, but for those publishing the footage; ample proof that Big-Ag is intent on hiding their criminal behavior and silencing the public's right to know how their "food" is produced. AR activists have exposed their lies for the sheer propaganda it is; meant to maintain the status quo and continue the uninterrupted flow of mega-profits by any means necessary.
There is now indisputable proof that "farm" animals are routinely terrorized and brutally assaulted: beaten with pipes, attacked with axes and hatchets, raped with foreign objects, kicked as they scream and moan in agony, hanged by their necks, suffocated as their chests and airways are trampled and compressed, repeatedly slammed against walls and denied the most basic necessities -- nutritious food, potable water and clean, adequate living areas. Disease-ridden from diets full of chemical gruel, they are bloated with growth hormones and antibiotics meant to keep them hanging on just until slaughter. These sensitive souls languish in the squalor of cramped, ammonia-soaked, feces-laden spaces littered with the decomposing and maggot-ridden bodies of their family members. The acrid stench from factory farm hellholes carries for miles. The pollution which floods streams, rivers and seeps into aquifers, leaving the lands it flows onto, unusable toxic waste sites, is the reality of intensive animal agriculture which these true purveyors-of-terror try desperately to hide.
Animal terrorists and the lobbyists/legislators who lie and whore for them in order to continue a never-ending, unbridled assault on non-humans, must at last, be held accountable. If justice will not come from the courts redefining non-humans as sentient beings, deserving of basic legal considerations, then it must come from the public. Consumers must wake up and realize that animal exploiters DO NOT have their best interests at heart. PROFIT is number ONE. People must take back their power and refuse to support industries which are killing humans and our planet via the saccharin promotion of a rapacious, deadly, rampantly diseased, animal-based food supply.
A system so corrupt that it victimizes society from cradle to grave. First by brainwashing and indoctrinating the public into believing the murderous lies that the human body needs dairy [which studies have found leaches calcium from bones and accelerates tumor growth, among numerous other deadly consequences] and flesh products [which put the body into protein overload, causing progressive kidney damage as well as heart disease, cancer and an ever-growing list of life-threatening conditions].
Those who are prematurely sick and dying as a result of animal-based diets are then victimized and scammed a second time; by putting their faith into the standard allopathic treatments utilizing cut, burn and poison. This, when there is solid, scientific, evidence that plant-based diets can completely reverse non-genetic heart disease, many cancers and reverse or ameliorate Type II diabetes.
Those raking in billions of dollars per year, not only in animal agriculture, but animal research, where behemoth taxpayer grants support repetitive, frivolous, inane and often fraudulent "research," wasting billions of animal lives and killing/maiming millions of humans each year, don't want the public to know that the majority of the diseases afflicting them can be completely avoided, reversed or greatly lessened by a plant-based diet. For them, the gravy train would be over and the Mercedes parked in the driveway, repossessed; the mansion foreclosed upon.
For those of you who value your lives, if not the rights and lives of non-humans, don't let those who are killing you, occupy your wallet and your table.