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2 August 2000 Issue

Animal Rights: A Movement Whose Time Has Come

Like the civil rights and women's rights movements before it, the animal rights movement has mushroomed into a social and political movement of monumental proportions. As never before in history, people of all persuasions are speaking out against practices and institutions that violate animals. Advocates are challenging the furrier, the puppy mill operator, the circus promoter, and the laboratory researcher. They are confronting the zoo keeper, the pet shop owner, the dog track operator, the meat and dairy farmer, and the sport hunter. In every arena where animals are exploited, people are standing up and declaring, "Enough! We won't take it any more! Animals have rights!"

Animal rights can no longer be dismissed as an extremist philosophy spouted by "fringe elements." Leaders of the animal rights movement are educated and well-informed. Their challenges are based on facts, not rhetoric.

Many victories have been achieved for animals in recent years. Animal advocates have successfully intervened to reduce the needless suffering and untimely deaths of countless animals. But that's just the tiniest tip of the iceberg. There is still a long, long way to go.

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