Clueless commentary misrepresents the animal-welfare movement

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Once again, we find someone trying to justify the abuse of animals – as somehow something that should be protected as freedom.

An individual named Michael Rubin produced an editorial for Commentary Magazine, which was posted on March 19 under the headline – “Are Animal-Rights Activists Really Concerned About Animals?”

The writer jumps into two huge propaganda strategies often used by those who wish to defend the abuse of animals. He calls it “animal rights” and he attacks PETA.

In reality, the movement is about animal welfare and yes, we feel animals should be protected from abuse. If he wants to call that animal rights, fine. But anyone suggesting animals should not be protected from abuse is way over on the extremist end of the scale.

And look, PETA is PETA. It sometimes uses provocative means to draw attention to animal abuse. No matter what opinion anyone might have about PETA, talking about it does nothing to alter the reality animal abuse.

But Rubin goes beyond these two diversions to defend the use of animals – particularly elephants – in circuses. First, the use of hooks to train elephants is terrible. Secondly, elephants belong in their natural habitats.

He claims elephants are “healthy and stimulated” in circuses and “often become bored and depressed” when their entertainment days are over. And he uses the typical greyhound-racing defense in calling them working animals. And then he attempts to make two wrongs into a right by suggesting the dangers of poaching means it’s okay to pull them from their habitats for circus entertainment.

The far better option is putting the full effort into protecting the habitat from poaching.

Rubin certainly has a right to express his opinion in a commentary, but this doesn’t mean he can get away with misrepresenting the animal-welfare movement. And certainly he needs to educate himself in the area of animal suffering and self-awareness.

And getting back to the headline, he does nothing to show “animal-rights activists” are not concerned about animals.

 

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Big News: NBC Sports cancels Under Wild Skies

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After finally realizing what a huge blunder it was to ever air a series like Under Wild Skies and after tremendous public outcry after the airing of a very controversial episode, the NBC Sports Network has cancelled the show.

Somehow, some NBC Sports executive thought this show was good idea. And somehow – through the process of shooting the episode where NRA strategist Tony Makris shoots an elephant in the face – and through the process of editing the episode and setting it up to air – someone approved it to be shown on the network.

It shows an unbelievable lack of awareness about the plight of endangered elephants, who are being slaughtered off the face of the earth by poachers and by people like Makris. How could anyone be this clueless about something so prevalent in the news and so important?

I realize people make mistakes, but even considering this show to air is more than a mistake.

After cancelling the show, NBC Sports released a statement that in part said –

Under Wild Skies will no longer air on NBC Sports Network due to the program’s close association with its host, whose recent comments comparing his critics to Hitler are outrageous and unacceptable.”

So the big deal for NBC Sports was his act of comparing his critics to Hitler – but not shooting an incredibly intelligent, important and feeling animal in the face, before openly celebrating the horrible act? It took a good bit of twisted, reverse non-logic to bend around his critics as Hitler. It took a complete lack of compassion to shoot the elephant and celebrate the suffering.

It’s 2013, not 1713. We should have advanced to a point in our society where acts such as those depicted in Under Wild Skies are only shown as part of a criminal investigation or to make a point about the suffering of elephants at the hands of people like this. But apparently, some people are still living in 1713.

The Guardian article I linked to above notes that killing elephants in Botswana will finally be illegal as of  January 1, 2014. How it took so long defies logic. But at least the time is approaching.

 

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