Quotes From Animal Rights Activists:
Dan Matthews - Senior VP, PETA:
  • Do you know that fat little guy from Seinfeld? He has become the main pitchman for KFC, Jason Alexander. And beginning in May he is going to star in the West Coast production of 'The Producers.' It's made for us. We can be slamming him as the play opens. If we do this properly, he will wish he never saw a chicken. - The New Yorker, April 14, 2003
  • We will be just as ruthless as any of our targets. We will go for the throat. - North Queensland Register (Australia), November 1, 2007
Bill Maher - Celebrity Spokesperson, PETA:
  • If ten people in America died of mad cow disease, in the long run it would save probably millions of lives. Because people would stop eating meat. That’s not a catty thing to say, to say -- in the long run this is what I hope. - Upon accepting the “Celebrity Animal Advocate of the Year" award at the Animal Rights 2003 convention
Craig Rosebraugh - Former ALF/ELF Spokesperson, PETA Grantee ($1,500):
  • Physically shut down financial centers … Using any means necessary, shut down the national networks of NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, etc. Not just occupations but actually engage in strategies and tactics which knock the networks off the air … Spread the battle to the ... very heads of government and U.S. corporations ... Hit them in their personal lives, visit their homes … Actively target U.S. military establishments within the United States... strike hard and fast and retreat in anonymity. Select another location, strike again hard and fast and quickly retreat in anonymity ... Do not get caught. DO NOT GET CAUGHT. Do not get sent to jail. Stay alert, keep active, and keep fighting. - Open letter to activists, published on the Independent Media Center website (March 17, 2003)
Rodney Coronado - Convicted arsonist/felony conspirator, ALF/ELF/SHAC activist/advocate/spokesperson, PETA grantee ($70,000):
  • I think [food producers] should appreciate that we’re only targeting their property. Because frankly I think it’s time to start targeting them. - Conference on Organized Resistance, American University (January 26, 2003)
  • Every time a police agency pepper-sprays or uses pain-compliance holds against our people, their cars should burn. - Conference on Organized Resistance, American University (January 26, 2003)
  • Here’s a little model I’m going to show you here. I didn’t have any incense, but -- this is a crude incendiary device. It is a simple plastic jug, which you fill with gasoline and oil. You put in a sponge, which is soaked also in flammable liquid -- I couldn’t find an incense stick, but this represents that. You put the incense stick in here, light it, place it -- underneath the ‘weapon of mass destruction,’ light the incense stick -- sandalwood works nice -- and you destroy the profits that are brought about through animal and earth abuse. That’s about two dollars. - Conference on Organized Resistance, American University (January 26, 2003)
  • As a direct-action warrior, it made a lot of sense to me to attack institutions in the fur trade … We need to destroy them by any means necessary. - Conference on Organized Resistance, American University (January 26, 2003)
Paul Watson, Founder & President, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society:
  • There are 30-million plus species on this planet. They’re all earthlings. They’re all equal. Some are more “equal” than others, I admit: earthworms are far more valuable than people. - Animal Rights 2002 convention
  • The fact is that we live in an extremely violent culture, and we all justify violence if it’s for what we believe in. - Animal Rights 2002 convention
  • There’s nothing wrong with being a terrorist, as long as you win. Then you write the history. - Animal Rights 2002 convention
Dr. Jerry Vlasak - PCRM spokesperson; Board Member, ADL-LA; Treasurer, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society; Scientific Advisor, In Defense of Animals; married to Pamelyn Ferdin; banned from the UK on the grounds his presence "would not be conducive to the public good":
  • If someone is killing, on a regular basis, thousands of animals, and if that person can only be stopped in one way by the use of violence, then it is certainly a morally justifiable solution. - on "Penn & Teller: Bullsh*t!"" (Showtime cable network)
  • I don’t think you’d have to kill — assassinate — too many … I think for 5 lives, 10 lives, 15 human lives, we could save a million, 2 million, 10 million non-human lives. - Animal Rights 2003 Convention
  • It won’t ruin our movement if someone gets killed in an animal rights action. It’s going to happen sooner or later. The Animal Liberation Front, the Earth Liberation Front — sooner or later there’s going to be someone getting hurt. And we have to accept that fact. It’s going to happen. It’s not going to hurt our movement. Our movement will go on. And it’s important that we not let the bully pulpit of the FBI and the other oppression agencies stop us from what we’re doing. They are the violent ones. They are the terrorists … we have to keep doing what we’re doing. - Animal Rights 2004 Convention
  • Things are picking up…It's not going to make this thing go away… don't think you're going to find anybody deterred…There's a lot of people willing to die for the cause. - United Press International, December 22, 2006
  • Nothing is more violent and radical than what’s being done to non-human animals in our society.  If a researcher won’t stop abusing animals and is stopped physically, whether with the use of force, or is killed, I certainly wouldn’t lose sleep over that idea. - Utah KUTV, April 24, 2008
  • If killing [animal research scientists] is the only way to stop them, then I said killing them would certainly be justified. - Washington Post, March 11, 2008
Pamelyn Ferdin - President, SHAC; Director, ADL-LA; married to Jerry Vlasak; banned from the UK on the grounds her presence "would not be conducive to the public good":
  • We want to make people who walk down to a park, or walk their animals who are unaltered feel ashamed, feel humiliated, that they dare have a companion animal who is unaltered when there are thousands being killed in our city shelters because of this problem. - Animal Rights 2004 Convention
  • First, we must all be aware that breeding equals killing. There is no adequate justification for the purposeful or accidental breeding of any owned companion animal no matter what the commercial value. - "Your Pets are 'Cutered' When They're Neutered"
  • Even AKC breeders who let you see their facilities are in fact putting a price on the heads of animals who look a certain way and have a certain blood line. But how can a person base a dog or cats worth by this criteria? That's what the Nazi's did in Germany. - "Your Pets are 'Cutered' When They're Neutered"
Campaign on Animal Defense League’s website:
  • Breeders must be eliminated! As long as there is a surplus of companion animals in the concentration camps referred to as “shelters”, and they are killing them because they are homeless, one should not be allowed to produce more for their own amusement and profit. If you know of a breeder in the Los Angeles area, whether commercial or private, legal or illegal, let us know and we will post their name, location, phone number so people can write them letters telling them ‘Don’t Breed or Buy, While Others DIE.’ - September 2, 2003
  • Breeders! Let’s get rid of them too! - September 2, 2003
Ingrid Newkirk - Founder & President, PETA:
  • Our nonviolent tactics are not as effective. We ask nicely for years and get nothing. Someone makes a threat, and it works. - US News and World Report, April 8, 2002
  • I openly hope that it [hoof-and-mouth disease] comes here. It will bring economic harm only for those who profit from giving people heart attacks and giving animals a concentration camp-like existence. It would be good for animals, good for human health and good for the environment. - ABC News interview, April 2, 2001
  • I’m not only uninterested in having children. I am opposed to having children. Having a purebred human baby is like having a purebred dog; it is nothing but vanity, human vanity. - New Yorker, April 23, 2003
  • There is no hidden agenda. If anybody wonders about -- what's this with all these reforms -- you can hear us clearly. Our goal is total animal liberation. -  Animal Rights 2002 Convention
  • Probably everything we do is a publicity stunt...We are not here to gather members, to please, to placate, to make friends. We're here to hold the radical line. - USA Today, September 3, 1991
  • I am opposed to having children. Having a purebred human baby is like having a purebred dog; it's nothing but vanity, human vanity.
  • I am not a morose person but I would rather not be here. I don't have any reverence for life, only for the entities themselves. I would rather see a blank space where I am. This will sound like fruitcake stuff again, but at least I wouldn't be harming anything. - Washington Post, November 13, 1983
  • Humans have grown like cancer. We're the biggest blight on the face of the planet. - PETA Reader's Digest, June, 1990
  • The bottom line is that people don't have the right to manipulate or to breed dogs and cats ... If people want toys, they should buy inanimate objects. If they want companionship, they should seek it with their own kind........"I don't use the word 'pet.' I think it's speciest language. I prefer 'companion animal.' We would no longer allow... pet shops...Eventually companion animals would be phased out. - Harper's Magazine, Aug. 1988
  • One day we would like an end to pet shops and the breeding of animals. (Dogs) would pursue their natural lives in the wild...They would have full lives, not waiting at home for someone to come home in the evening and pet them and then sit there and watch TV. - "Where Would We Be Without Animals?, Chicago Daily Herald, March 1, 1990
  • Pet ownership is an absolutely abysmal situation brought on by human manipulation. - Washington Magazine, August 1986
Dr. Steven Best - Co-founder, Center on Animal Liberation Affairs; Co-founder, Animal Liberation Press Office; professor of philosophy, U-Texas-El Paso; banned from the UK for "fomenting, justifying or glorifying terrorist violence":
  • We are not terrorists, but we are a threat. We are a threat both economically and philosophically. Our power is not in the right to vote but the power to stop production. We will break the law and destroy property until we win. - International Animal Rights Gathering, 2005
Robin Webb - ALF Press Officer(UK); former royal council member, RSPCA:
  • There are about 2,000 people prepared at any one time to take action for us … The children [of targeted scientists and executives] are enjoying a lifestyle built on the blood and abuse of innocent animals. Why should they be allowed to close the door on that and sit down and watch TV and enjoy themselves when animals are suffering and dying because of the actions of the family breadwinner? They are a justifiable target for protest. - Sunday Herald (Scotland), Sept. 19, 2004
David Barbarash - ALF Spokesperson (North America):
  • Property destruction is a legitimate political tool called economic sabotage, and it’s meant to attack businesses and corporations. - NPR radio show “The Connection”, January 7, 2002
Bruce Friedrich, Vegan Campaign Coordinator of PETA:
  • If we really believe that animals have the same right to be free from pain and suffering at our hands, then, of course we're going to be, as a movement, blowing things up and smashing windows. - Animal Rights 2001 Convention
Gary Yourofsky, founder of Animals Deserve Adequate Protection Today and Tomorrow (ADAPTT), now employed as PETA's Humane Education Lecturer:
  • It's not about loving animals. It's about fighting injustice. My whole goal is for humans to have as little contact as possible with animals.
  • Sometimes I think the only effective method of destroying speciesism would be for each uncaring human to be forced to live the life of a cow on a feedlot, or a monkey in a laboratory, or an elephant in the circus, or a bull in a rodeo, or a mink on a fur farm. Then people would be awakened from their soporific states and finally understand the horror that is inflicted on the animal kingdom by the vilest species to ever roam this planet: the human animal! Deep down, I truly hope that oppression, torture and murder return to each uncaring human tenfold! I hope that fathers accidentally shoot their sons on hunting excursions, while carnivores suffer heart attacks that kill them slowly. - University of Southern Indiana Student , The Shield, January 24, 2008
  • Every woman ensconced in fur should endure a rape so vicious that it scars them forever. While every man entrenched in fur should suffer an anal raping so horrific that they become disemboweled. Every rodeo cowboy and matador should be gored to death, while circus abusers are trampled by elephants and mauled by tigers. And, lastly, may irony shine its esoteric head in the form of animal researchers catching debilitating diseases and painfully withering away because research dollars that could have been used to treat them was wasted on the barbaric, unscientific practice vivisection. - University of Southern Indiana Student , The Shield, January 24, 2008
Wayne Pacelle, President, The HSUS:
  • We're against animal fighting and killing animals for fur…. We want Americans to eat fewer animals. - DVM News, January 1, 2008
  • We have no ethical obligation to preserve the different breeds of livestock produced through selective breeding ...One generation and out. We have no problems with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective breeding. - Animal People News, May 1, 1993
  • We would be foolish and silly not to unite with people in the public health sector, the environmental community, [and] unions, to try to challenge corporate agriculture. - Animal Rights 2002 Convention
  • Our goal is to get sport hunting in the same category as cock fighting and dog fighting. - Bozeman (MT) Daily Chronicle, October 8, 1991
Janine Motta, treasurer of the New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance:
  • We do not have the right to use animals for any real or perceived need, whether it be food, clothing, entertainment, medical issues. - Asbury Park Press. November 14, 2007

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