When things are investigated, knowledge is extended. When knowledge is extended, the will becomes sincere. When the will is sincere, the mind is correct. When the mind is correct, the self is cultivated. -- Confucius
Politically correct ideals are garbage: true wisdom comes from decades of deep thought and neutral observation. Only a so-called sociopath could ascertain wisdom from this crazy world in a neutral way. Cool thoughts- uncorrupted by modern politics, social norms, or societal ideals- are required for wisdom. Questioning everything, and going against the grain on all universally accepted norms is the path to true intelligence. The Gods notice this.

6/28/10

ARA: Animal Ridiculous Activist

What is an animal rights activist? Someone who is active in their attempts to help animals, right? The ways they try to accomplish these goals- however- has become not only highly ineffective, but more like a complete joke.

They can't even agree on what they are called for one thing. Animal rights activists- animal rights advocates- animal welfare advocates... They fight constantly over the differences of their meanings and moral standings. The 'welfare' people think it is okay to cage animals as long as they are taken care of properly. The 'rights' activists want all animals loose and free to roam. Details like these make good fodder for group-splintering.

The major groups are well known among many activist-types for being corrupt, money-hungry corporate-style entities which do little actual good for animals. The average animal 'charity' CEO makes over 104 grand per year (stats are PDF downloadable here). Just like most human-related charities, the ones that are supposed to help animals rake in buku-bucks, but don't seem to be doing anything effective.

This coaxes many well-meaning animal lovers to distance themselves from the well known organizations. Most of these folks turn to the internet to 'spread the word' about their particular causes. There are social sites, petition oriented sites, and animal groups that are online only. The vast majority of these self-styled rebels utilize Facebook and similar sites like Bebo and MySpace to try to garner support for their causes. On Facebook, for example, I have seen groups called "My dad will PTS[put to sleep] my dog if I don't get a thousand members on here by next month," and "Justice for Betsy the mutt in a Turkish pound". There are thousands of such groups, each with hundreds to thousands of members. It is also common to see Facebook members who have a list of several hundred groups they support. As if they could possibly help out, or even keep track of, even a miniscule portion of them. Some FB profiles have laughable names on them as well. I have seen "Tom Cat", "Annie Whale", "Carmen VeganFight", "If Animals Could Type", and similar names. Many activist types place disturbing pictures of animal cruelty in their photo albums. One can only assume they are hoping someone indifferent to animals will happen upon their page, see the pictures, and become so horrified that they will start supporting the cause as well. Somehow I doubt this scenario has ever played out.

The petition sites are even more absurd. Click on this petition to protest this or that cruel practice! Even the most ridiculous, nonsensical, and poorly spelled petitions seem to get at least a few hundred signatures. One prolific petition maker on the Change.org site starts all of his petitions with "Hi." and ends them with "Thanx. Bye. Matutinally Yours, XXXX" Whatever 'matutinally' means; it is all so silly, but he gets lots of signatures for his stuff. Most petitions are rife with misspellings and grammatical errors, and do not always make sense. Will the president act upon such notes sent to him? Doubt it.

What few if any seem to realize, is that when you add your name to an online petition, it ends up becoming one on a list of signatures on a PDF document which is e-mailed to the target. When the target receives the email- if they even open attachments, much less ones that are named as a petition- all they have to do is delete it as easily as they do any other email. All of the campaigning, emailing, asking others to sign it, the 'cross-posting'- all is gone in an instant. This is the case with Care2's Petitionsite as well as most other sites centered around petition signing. If you use one of the rare few sites that utilize an email program in conjunction with the petitions, then each signature gets sent out as an individual email with that person's name on it. So 100 signatures means 100 emails to the target with the same message but different signatures. Much more effective indeed, but one problem persists: they are still spelled wrong and do not make any sense most of the time. If a public official gets a one paragraph email which is vague and cites no supporting data, it will only aggravate them to say the least. If only sites like Change.org had spell check and a grammar tool. Not to mention a rule that each one has to have at least 3 sources.

Unfortunately Change and the few sites that are starting to copy it have their own agendas. Change has an obvious fascination with gay rights, not to mention their constant stream of articles about the vague concept of "human trafficking". Human trafficking means what exactly? Whatever you can imagine it to mean, Buddy, because it never really says. Hookers that are under 18, in India, who may just want a better job if you look into their big eyes but we never asked them really...? The incessant, vague, imagine-as-you-go concept of "trafficked" humans and the phantom sister cause of "sex slaves" is a core cause on that site and others like it. And the animal activists eat it up, hook line and sinker. They hate nearly all fellow humans, but feel sorry for these 'abused' humans. I had three petitions on Change that were active for a long time, and when their time ran out I quit that site so no one would think I am gay, among other reasons.

So the people who sympathize with animals get onto the net and look up as many horrors as they can that have occurred around the world. They then swing into action: clicking their names onto online petitions- which will tell them so-and-so's! If enough people sign their names onto it, a public official just may say "gee, a lot of people support this action- I better do it or I will lose my position!". As if public opinion ever mattered to government officials before...

Even more absurd than clicking on petitions is the clicking to support causes. Every time you click on this site, we will donate one ounce of dog food to a certain shelter... Each click saves 2 square feet of rainforest... And each click gives the activists one calorie of exercise so their fingers will stay slim. Yup- the ever-present Clicksalot Armchair Warrior: the slacktivist.

N p holmes, wikimedia commons

...perhaps the intl. symbol for slacktivists should be a crow CAWing; maybe a petition should be started to bring this idea about...

Over 90% of animal advocates, by my estimation, are nothing more than slacktivists. People too lazy or scared to really help animals or other causes are slacktivists: slackers who pretend to be activists, but not wanting to get out of their chairs and go outdoors to help animals for real. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the so-called animal rights movement is nothing more than an army of slacktivists: click-click-clicking away to help animals (at least, in their minds).

So what is a real activist; what do they do? First, they get out of their chairs/ their house. They then stop animal cruelty, abuse, and neglect wherever they can. This begins in their own neighborhoods and extends to their entire towns, and as much as they can into the county and the nearest state parks, and so on. People who like animals are everywhere, and if they would all start helping them at home and fan out, their presence would become ubiquitous. They then need to act brave and stand up to animal abusers twice their size. They should physically save animals from death and abuse by any means necessary. I would not encourage people to act upon the suggestions that sites like 'huntsab dot org' recommend, but it shows how a thinking true activist can really help animals. While the slacktivists click on their silly petitions, real activists get cats and dogs neutered and spayed- any intact ones they find, if their owners approve or not. Real activists get their walking sticks caught in leghold traps. Real activists educate people about the protein myth and convert carnivores to vegans by example.

In the meantime, the animal rights community has its own fads and p.c. campaigns. For example, they viciously support pit bulls as friendly loving pets that deserve special rights and so on. The facts that these dogs are a fighting breed with scissoring jaw bones, and that they have a propensity to attack kids without warning, is conveniently ignored. These are dogs and they have been known to be nice to kids. Just like pythons, tigers, and piranhas. Eventually the instincts set in and they attack. But we won't think about pit bulls, because we are ARA's. Simultaneously, the animal folks lay a blanket of scorn over the people who say the exact same thing about wild cats such as tigers, lions, and even servals. Wild cats are too unpredictable and dangerous, and should never be kept as pets, they say. But wild or fighting breed dogs- well, that's okay. Just because. Because they are hypocrites.

I personally feel that wild cats should never be kept as pets nor bred, and by the same token, neither should wild dogs or fighting breed dogs. All pit bulls, chows, rotweillers, akitas, wolves, dingos, hyenas and certain other breeds should be banned. As should all tigers, lions, cheetahs, and other wild cats. Not to mention all primates and other dangerous pets. You can actually buy cobras, coral snakes, cottonmouths, copperheads, rattlesnakes, and even poison dart frogs online. The Amish also like to hold auctions of exotic animals in their areas. Allowing a geek to stroke his own ego by owning these exotic and deadly pets should be second fiddle to public safety.

As long as the animal activists support these geeks with their poisonous critters and the insecure wannabe gangsters who trot around their vicious pets, then there will be a market for them. The animals will live miserable lives in tiny enclosures, and the public will be at risk from these hazardous animals that should be living only in the wild. But sympathy for the animals should not outweigh the common sense of the humans who sit in judgment over them.

In the meantime, "cross-posting", forwarding "far and wide", and writing of particular abuse cases on social sites is nothing more than preaching to the choir. While creating atmospheric pollution by the way. The blatant laziness disgusts me. If only all of these millions of so-called activists would get off of their asses, leave their homes, and DO something- then animals just may have a chance.




related posts on this site: 
good example of an ARA here.
Tony the Tiger case analysis
Animal Welfare Advocates

Pit bulls



(c) james platt

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