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on 11 December 1998
Through an examination of animal rights publicity and fundraising campaigns, the authors document the threat that animal rights poses to traditional humane uses of animals. They clearly show the distinction between traditional animal welfare organizations, which seek to improve the treatment of animals, and animal rights organizations, which seek to end the use and ownership of animals -- no farm animals for food, no zoos and circuses, no animals in biomedical research even if it may help to save human lives, etc., etc. They also show how a good many longstanding humane organizations have been hijacked -- taken over -- by animal rights advocates. This should serve as a wake-up call to animal lovers who want their charitable contributions to improve the treatment of animals, not end the use of animals. If you give to organizations that profess to be concerned about animals, this book offers valuable guidance to ensure that your contributions reach groups that are actually working to improve animal treatment, not to end animal use.
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on 18 April 1997
The Hijacking of the Humane Movement puts a new, detailed, well-documented spin on animal extremists, their history, goals, and overall agenda. Rod and Patti Strand end their book with a quote from a letter member of the American research community:"Passivity sets up people to give into their fears, to become victims....We know that in the animal kingdom, when an animal is faced with a predator, the worse thing an animal can do is freeze. The best thing an animal can do is is scream...and adopt an aggressive posture." The Strands are correct when they say "It turns out you truly can't give an animal rights without first taking them away from people. Joe Arnette, Sporting Clays May 1995
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on 18 November 1997
This is an intriguing, well written book, which assembles in one place topics of great interest to anyone who breeds, exhibits, or trains dogs. The Strands have placed the animal rights movement in historical and philosophical perspective. Links between more "credible" AR organizations and those that are recognized terrorist organizations (under surveillance by the FBI) are explored. Tactics whereby more reputable organizations are infiltrated and turned into AR activist groups are documented. The importation of violent activism from the UK to the US is detailed. There are many interesting and sobering points made in this book and it is worth reading.
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VINE VOICEon 24 October 2002
With Britain's most-respected animal welfare charity currently being criticised by the press for allowing a well-known political radical to take its helm, this book is more relevant in the UK now than ever. The dispassionate reader who has little knowledge or experience of Animal Rights extremism could be forgiven for thinking "The Hijacking of the Humane Movement" is little more than scare mongering. My argument would be that perhaps Rod and Patti Strand rather zealously written book was a little ahead of its time. This year, in the USA, the FBI upgraded Animal Rights activists to the number "2" spot in its list of domestic terrorist organisations.
Rod and Patti Strand clearly write from the forceful perspective of an animal business oppressed by the illogical philosophy and frightening reality of the animal rights movement. Their approach has more in common with Kathleen Marquardt's "Animalscam" than the dryer "Misplaced Compassion" by Ward Clark, but its angle is more specific. It does explain the history of the Animal Rights movement, tracing it back to England, where it argues the Humane or Animal Welfare charities were first infiltrated and steered towards extremism. Such takeovers become the principal theme of the book. Another very interesting point is the description of Animal Rights' falsified "exposes." Hopefully this will help make readers generally more aware of media manipulation and false propaganda.
For anybody remotely involved or connected to the animal trade or generally has an open-mind this is highly recommended reading. It should be noted, however, that it has been written clearly from a very passionate viewpoint. Having said this, the majority of what is said is well researched and those who consider it over the top obviously need to look a little deeper into this very real threat.
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on 18 April 1997
Hijacking of the Humane Movement is a book that deserves wide circulation and attention. The authors should be commended for their courage and dilligence in writing this noteworthy expose.Patricia Bennett Hoffman, The Canine Companion, April 1996
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on 22 April 1997
Although written in a more educated style than many other anti-animal rights books published by small presses, The Hijacking of the Humane Movement shares a bizarre distortion on the goals and practices of animal rights activists.Among the tiresome anti-animal rights myths promoted are: animal rightists want to eliminate all contact between humans and other animals, animal rightists are in it for the money, and Nazism is representative of the "true" animal rights philosophy (Chapter 3 is entitled "Nazi Germany: A Distortion of the Movement"). If anything in this book is frightening, it is that the authors and their friends actually believe this nonsense. If you want to learn about animal rights, go to the animal rights groups and animal rights philosophers and judge for yourself. On the other hand, if you want to learn what kinds of lies (delusions?) are promoted by animal exploiters then read this book.
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on 17 April 1999
In this book, you'll find a lot of hype, but no backbone to their arguments. The Strands seem to be very angry, very fearful people. Perhaps they had a uncomfortable run-in with an anti-fur type? Whatever their motivation for writing this book, its content contains more "extremism" and disinformation than any "animal rights" debate I've ever heard.
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on 7 January 1999
If scare-mongering is your thing, this couple's hysteria-driven book is for you.
An excellent gift for that special, simple-minded loved one in your life!
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