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The pet project of PETA and pets

Nov 23. 2018
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Re: “To be kind to the cruel is to be cruel to the kind”, Have Your Say, November 23

Eric Bahrt seems to suffer from a persecution complex, but he’s no slouch when it comes to responding in kind. His claim about my “demented tirades” against the animal-rights movement, for example, is a bit excessive. 

In fact, I simply drew the obvious conclusions from remarks by the president of PETA, and comments on the PETA website, regarding the issue of pet keeping. It is clear that PETA wishes pet keeping had never happened, but in the meantime they put up with it because there is no viable option. However the policies they espouse, such as the end to all dog breeding and spaying or neutering of dogs kept as pets, will lead to an inexorable decline in the number of animals. It will reach the point where the only dogs remaining will be those having a jolly old time living their natural lives “in the wild”.

It’s also nonsense for Bahrt to claim that I only raised the issue of animal rights because he is a vegetarian. His diet has nothing to do with it, but he has in the past declared his support for PETA and for some of its more controversial policies and actions. In my opinion, some of PETA’s policies are extreme and need to be challenged. There are many animal-rights movements around the world, such as the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in the UK, which take a more moderate and balanced approach and do great work.

Robin Grant


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