My grandmother gave PETA lots of money. She would get the fliers in the mail and see the propaganda. She wanted to help save the little creatures. She had a tender heart, and Alzheimers. She was the classic target for PETA and their ilk: target the young, the old, the infirm.
When the family found out, they put a stop to it. There was no convincing my grandmother that many of the loudest mouthpieces for animals did the animals the least good. As a matter of fact, they were actually harmful to the animals and the environments that they purported to protect.
A few simple searches and you come up with violence, mayhem. Crazies getting in and attempting to destroy normal peoples lives:
The judge cited the difficulty of setting a sentence for a “promising young man of 27 years” who plotted bombings as a radical eco-saboteur 2001
Five luxury homes in a subdivision marketed as “built green” were destroyed or severely damaged by fire. The initials of a group linked to acts of ecoterrorism were found at the scene.
A celebrity ex-convict in the underground world of environmental and animal rights faces charges for describing an incendiary device after a speech in 2003.
it keeps going....
May 19 A federal grand jury has indicted four people on arson charges for the devastating fires at the Vail Mountain resort in 1998 that shocked the tourism industry and drew attention to the shadowy terrain of environmental extremism.
These are all examples of terrorism brought on the American people by extreme environmentalists. People like these, organizations like these, make it easier for the mainstream population to categorize conservationism, environmentalism tree-huggers as crazy. Granted, these are headlines mostly describing the group ELF. But there are others that do the same thing.
A few years ago a friend of mine in California was affected by one of these fringe groups. The Animal Liberation Front, in an effort to stop animal testing for the treatment of terminal diseases, decided to firebomb the lab where this guy worked(I gotta wonder about the thought processes going into the decision making here). So they snuck in under the cover of night and firbombed the lab, slowly roasting the hundreds of animals inside. What did they achieve besides the slow torturous death of hundreds of perfectly healthy animals? The labs themselves were in a seperate building.
Now, regular animal rights organizations like PETA would have nothing to do with these types of activies, this, this .... Eco terrorism..... They just want to get naked and save the furry little animals.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals provides aid and comfort for the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and the Animal Liberation Front (ALF). The two groups are responsible for more than 600 crimes since 1996, causing (by a very conservative FBI estimate) more than $43 million in damage. ALF’s “press office” brags that in 2002, the two groups committed “100 illegal direct actions” -- like blowing up SUVs, destroying the brakes on seafood delivery trucks, and planting firebombs in restaurants.
The FBI calls ALF and ELF the nation’s “most serious domestic terrorism threat.” Bruce Friedrich, PETA’s “vegan campaign director” and third-in-command, didn’t seem to care when he addressed the Animal Rights 2001 convention in Virginia, telling a crowd of over 1,000 activists that “blowing stuff up and smashing windows” is “a great way to bring about animal liberation.”
“It would be great,” he added, “if all the fast-food outlets, slaughterhouses, these laboratories and the banks who fund them exploded tomorrow.”
In case you skimmed that - PETA's third in command said:
“blowing stuff up and smashing windows” is “a great way to bring about animal liberation.”
Why can't we trust extreme enviromentalism? Because they are crazy.