|By Robert Cohen Executive Director|
Animal Rights Feminists
This week marks the eve of America's largest animal rights conference. On Saturday night, I speak to a assemblage of 1,000 persons, and many of them will curse me for having written today's column. Some will walk out of my talk, in protest, as they did last year to other men who have dedicated a lifetime to ending animal abuse. The animal rights movement is fueled by women. The woman represents the better half of humankind. She combines a passion for change with the wisdom endowed upon her gentle spirit to animal rights issues. She runs things for the People for the Ethical Treatment of animals (PETA), and she stands in the rain or snow to protest laboratory research. She converts boyfriends and husbands to her plant-based diet because that creates balance to her universe and superior intellectual perspective. Without the woman, there would be no animal rights movement in America. This week at AR-2003 outside of Washington, D.C., the majority of attendees at FARMUSA's yearly conference will be female. She is liberal by nature, and her political votes are cast for Democrats. Her litmus test issue regarding candidates for office is abortion. She supports a woman's right to decide the fate of her unborn child, demanding that no man will pass laws regarding her own body. AR activists protest pain to laboratory animals, but support a woman's right to an abortion. Some demand that meat eaters acknowledge the horrors of slaughterhouse films, or vivisection, or bullfighting. Yet, they turn deaf ears and firmly shut blinded eyes to the conscious being who grows within a human mother. She would go to jail to protest a scientific researcher's act of experimenting upon unborn rats or cats or elephants for the unmeasurable pain that each pre-natal mammal might suffer, but she cannot extend that same compassion to the unborn human creature. There is a contradiction in her lack of understanding that all unborn creatures have a right to life. Schopenhauer (1788-1860) wrote that "Compassion is the basis of morality." Many people do not recognize the unborn child as possessing the same rights as the rest of us, yet, a study published in the May, 2003 issue of Psychological Science (2003;14:220- 224) reveals that the fetal infant is able to recognize the voice of her own mother. Scientific studies have demonstrated that the growing human fetus feels pain and learns about an external environment while within. The fetus recognizes songs and voices. The brain works, the heart beats, pain receptors feel. How much compassion do animal rights activists emote for sentient human infants, not yet born? On Friday, I will join one thousand or more animal rights supporters near Washington, D.C. for the annual AR conference. Few will have the courage of their convictions to consider the issue of whether or not abortion is murder. Is it? Of course it is. No concept could be simpler to an animal rights activist, yet so much denial exists because of political correctness among feminists. Abortion of any mammalian species is more than just murder. It is death without compassion, for the living creature, not yet named, possesses pain receptors, and is aware of his or her own suffering. I will be cursed by feminists for having written this column, but to remain silent on this all-important issue would be to betray living beings and to deny them them their rights. In defense of ignorance, some animal rights activists argue that the fetus feels no pain, much the same way that animal abusers use the very same argument to defend vivisection, sport, or the consumption of sentient farm animals. Unlike many others who rationalize that the fetus is still unborn and deserves no rights, I must call the act what it is, and look at death and torture squarely in its most horrible face. I will be challenging all animal rights advocates to come to terms with this controversial issue which contradicts that same spark of compassion which should be extended to all living creatures.
Robert Cohen, author of: MILK A-Z
Executive Director (email@example.com)
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