The June 2002 issue of WATT Poultry USA has an article by Richard
Berman, executive director for the Center for Consumer Freedom, on
"PETA And Friends." It begins: "Animal rights extremists would like
to put you out of business. Who are they? What are their tactics?
Does your neighbor down the street help fund them?" Here are the
" 'It is speciesist to think that the September 11 attack on the
World Trade Center was a greater tragedy than what millions of
chickens endured that day and what they endure every day because they
cannot defend themselves against the concerted human appetites
arrayed against them . . . the people who died in the attack did not
suffer more terrible deaths than animals in slaughterhouses suffer
"Those are the words of Karen Davis, who runs the anti-poultry
activist group United Poultry Concerns out of a Virginia home she
shares with over 100 duck and chicken 'companions.' Davis concludes
that 'the deaths of thousands of people' on September 11 actually
'reduced the amount of pain and suffering in the world'-since some
3,000 people would no longer be alive to eat chickens.
"Davis's words expose the twisted reasoning of animal rights
extremists, who have launched a jihad against producers of poultry
and other meats. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., of the Water Keeper Alliance
echoed Davis's words when he called the pork industry a 'threat . . .
greater than that in Afghanistan.' "
The article goes on to criticize the "arrogant recklessness that
permeates the core of the animal rights movement." PETA, the Animal
Liberation Front, and the Earth Liberation Front are berated for
On July 2, 2002, Karen Davis was inducted into the U.S. Animal Rights
Hall of Fame "for outstanding contributions to animal liberation."
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