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Nap Time!!!

Friday, March 07, 2008
Um... no

If you accept the principles of animal rights activists, this editorial is nonsense.
The problem here, per usual, is not the cause but the conduct of those who have made it their business to show up at the houses of professors and researchers and harass their families. At UCLA, UC Santa Cruz, and here in Berkeley, activists' new tactic of choice is to bring the protest home, appearing late at night with bullhorns to scream at people and, on occasion, lob rocks at their windows.
If you have the balls to say that their cause is stupid and that their ideals are wrong (I do), then you can say that they shouldn't be engaging in this activity. But if you're too spineless to say that, you can't argue that they should believe in justice but not take any action to fight for it. Animals are (supposedly) being pointlessly tortured. Is being polite going to fix that? If anything, the protesters should be more violent.

The fact that they aren't all that violent is part of the reason I don't think they really believe in their cause. (It's the same reason I don't take the World Can't Wait folks seriously) I think they're just trying to feel good about themselves by fighting an easy fight.

posted by Beetle Aurora Drake 3/07/2008 02:13:00 PM #
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