("The Politics of Animal Liberation," by Kim Bartlett, editor of Animals' Agenda, November 1987.)
1. Abolish by law all animal research.
2. Abolish by law all other types of animal testing.
3. Encourage vegetarianism for ethical, ecological, and health reasons.
4. Phase out intensive confinement livestock production.
5. Eliminate use of herbicides, pesticides, etc.
6. Transfer animal law enforcement of Department of Agriculture to another agency.
7. Eliminate commercial trapping and fur ranching.
8. Prohibit hunting, trapping and fishing for sport.
9. Urge US action to prevent destruction of rainforests and end international trade in wildlife and goods
produced from exotic and/or endangered fauna or flora.
10. Discourage any further breeding of companion animals, including pedigreed or purebred dogs and cats. Promote
spay and neuter of all pets by government subsidized clinics.
11. End the use of animals in entertainment and sports, with reappraisal of zoos and aquariums.
12. Prohibit genetic manipulation of species.
"For one thing we would no longer
allow breeding. People could not create different breeds. If people had companion animals in their homes, these animals would
have to be refugees from the animal shelter and the streets … But as the surplus of cats and dogs declined, eventually
companion animals would be phased out and we would return to a more symbiotic relationship — enjoyment at a distance."
-- Ingrid Newkirk, National Director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Chris DeRose, Last Chance for Animals
"Saying that human concerns outweigh animal concerns is just more bullshit."
rally, Edison, New Jersey, November 30, 2002)
"If the death of one rat cured all diseases, it wouldn't make any difference to me." (As quoted
in "Biting Back," Los Angeles Times, April 12, 1990, p. E12)
Michael Fox, Vice President, Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
"Humane care (of animals) is simply sentimental, sympathetic patronage."
(1988 Newsweek interview)
"The life of an ant and the life of my child should be accorded equal respect."
Press, Jan. 15, 1989)
"We are not superior. There are no clear distinctions between us and animals."
Magazine, February 1990)
Wayne Pacelle, Senior Vice President, Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
"We have no problem with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of selective breeding.
One generation and out."
(Animal People, May 1993)
J.P. Goodwin, Humane Society of the United States, former Executive Director of the Coalition
to Abolish the Fur Trade
"My goal is the abolition of all animal agriculture."
(As quoted on AR-Views, an animal rights
Internet discussion group in 1996)
Ingrid Newkirk, Founder, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA)
"Animal liberationists do not separate out the human animal, so there is no basis for saying that a
human being has special rights. A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy. They're all mammals."
(Vogue, September 1989)
On animal rights arson and violence: "Would I rather the research lab that tests on animals is reduced
to a bunch of cinders? Yes."
(New York Daily News, Dec. 12, 1997)
On dog breeding and pet ownership: "Pet ownership is an absolutely abysmal situation brought on by
human manipulation. We would no longer allow breeding. As the surplus of cats and dogs declined, eventually companion animals
would be phased out, and we would return to a more symbiotic relationship-enjoyment at a distance."