Practice Compassion for Animal Rights Activists

Practice Compassion for Animal Rights Activists
By Anthony P Mauro, Sr (c) 2011

Conservation Corner w/ Anthony P. Mauro, Sr
Conservation Corner w/ Anthony P. Mauro, Sr

USA –-( The title of this article is certain to be controversial. But, I  think that consideration of controversial issues helps us to become more  informed and makes us engaged and active citizens.

After all, it is the  mission of the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance to educate conservationists so that  they can be a catalyst for advancing environmental health through policy and  legislation.

Perhaps, this controversial topic may have the result of moving us  towards this end.

The philosophers tell us to  have compassion for negative people, although I admit it is often a test of my own temperament. But, as I find it unpleasant to be around negative people I am struck by the fact that it must be far more unpleasant for the negative person,  since they are forever bound to their own torment.

Negative people are troubled souls. They view themselves as victims of all types of imagined enemies, and those displaying the most bluster and belligerence usually represent the most fear-filled.  After all, isn’t anger a manifestation of fear and therefore evidence of one’s vulnerabilities?

I include animal rights activists as negative people because they are not content to live their lives at peace with their world view, but instead work as despots to control those with differing ideas and values. Special targets of their tyranny are people that fish and hunt. It is a negativity that has provoked animal rights activists to behave in unscrupulous ways and without a sense of personal boundaries.

For example, I recently read  a letter from an animal rights activist attempting to fool an unsuspecting public with a harebrained theory that scientific game management techniques (harvesting/hunting game) actually increases game  populations. Her theory, simply stated, is that if 50 deer are harvested from a population of 100, the deer will notice 50 deer are departed and will produce a biological phenomenon that will result in multiples of the number of fawns than  would have been born (e.g. 4 fawn births, instead of the 2 fawn births  considered normal).

In an attempt to give  gravity to her silly premise she invented an authoritative sounding title to place under her name: “Wildlife Policy Specialist.” Now, the woman has no college education in the fields of animal biology or wildlife management, nor  has she ever noted any official wildlife training. She even omitted from her letter that she is a representative of an animal rights organization.

Similarly, there is another  person representing an animal rights organization that promotes himself as an “Inspector.” 

Is there an official and legitimate profession which certifies animal rights inspectors? Does this profession have any official oversight? What does an animal rights Inspector inspect?

What is the depth of vulnerability that people feel that leads them to deceive others with imaginary importance and make believe titles, such as Wildlife Policy Specialist and Inspector?

In another attempt to fool the public, the same organization that the woman and man belong to went to great lengths to have a Ph.D promote a similarly outlandish game management theory. They advanced the Ph.D’s theory and referred to him as an expert, but omitted that his field of expertise is chemistry and not biology or game management. His research was never made legitimate by peer review (peer review is when a community of experts in a narrowly defined and relevant field perform an impartial review). It is similar to a podiatrist using his credentials as Ph.D to represent an expertise related to the workings of the heart.

Who would rely on a foot doctor for diseases related to the heart? How low is one’s self image that they would substitute their agenda for the truth?

In another example, the person heading the same animal rights organization was so desperate that she took reckless actions which are noted by the Anti-Defamation League (the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency) on its website under the heading “Extremism in America: Eco-terrorism?” The Anti-Defamation  League states that the woman and her organization speak on behalf of the actions of extreme and militant animal rights groups that the FBI considers serious terrorist threats.

It has also been reported that people in her organization acted as brokers to fund the freeing of six animal extremists from jail, each convicted of a campaign to terrorize the employees of a New Jersey based company and its shareholders. In fact, Governor Chris Christie, then US Attorney in charge of the case, stated “…The verdict reveals these individuals for what they really were: thugs who went far beyond protected speech and lawful protest to engage in and incite intimidation, harassment and violence.”

How negative is one’s self image that it would cause them to abandon critical thinking and aid convicted felons?

Perhaps the most poignant example of negativity exhibited by animal rights activists is found while observing everyday life: The angler, hunter, or conservationist rarely protest the animal rights activist for their values or preferences.

Conversely, the animal rights activist makes an industry of harassing and demonstrating against the angler, hunter, and conservationist. What depth of negativity causes people to overtly act with hostility and domination towards people with differing views?

A wise person wrote that if we want others to be happy we must practice compassion, and if we want to be happy we must practice compassion. If so, it makes good sense for us to practice compassion for animal rights activists.

More information about animal rights activism and eco-terrorism can be found at the following link:

Color The Green Movement Blue
Color The Green Movement Blue

Anthony P. Mauro, Sr, (also known as “Ant” to friends and associates) is Chairman and co-founder of the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance, New Jersey Outdoor Alliance Conservation Foundation, and New Jersey Outdoor Alliance Environmental Projects. Ant's commitment to the principles of sustainable use of natural resources and environmental stewardship helped to create the New Jersey Angling & Hunting Conservation Caucus (NJA&HC). The NJA&HC is the first outdoor caucus of its kind in New Jersey and is designed to educate opinion leaders and policy makers about the principles of conservation; the foundation for healthy ecosystems, fish and wildlife.

Anthony P Mauro, Sr
Anthony P. Mauro, Sr

Ant is a public speaker on the topic of conservation and the ways  anglers and hunters can become involved in shaping outdoors releated legislative policy. He has authored three books on conservation, hunting and the great outdoors including the controversial and highly regarded, “Color The Green Movement Blue” (available as ebook). His other books include; “Take Me on Safari: A Family Affair” (available as ebook) and  “The New Age Hunter”. He also wrote the children's book “Where is Wildbeary?”

  • 15 thoughts on “Practice Compassion for Animal Rights Activists

    1. Per Rita's post:

      "I’ll be happy to practice the same compassion for AR activists that they practice for all the animals they have stolenfrom their rightful owners and killed."

      I won't hold my breath waiting. 😉

      Rita, I've been the target of AR groups for several years now. They've been very public with false accusations, fraudulent phone tapings, character assination, personal attacks, blah, blah, blah…

      If people find that their life is made better by holding grudges against ARs (even though their anger is justified) then by all means they should go for it.

      Personally, I don't embrace the ugliness of ARs. Life is fleeting and too precious for me to be lugging around their emotional baggage, I leave that to them. I simply do my best to show others the nefarious nature of those in the AR movement and help as best I can to stop their influence.

      Maybe my anger is released by being actively involved in advancing the practical notions and environmental benefits of conservation. Maybe it will be the same for others if they become actively involved too. It's worth the a try, and if it works it will be a win-win.


    2. Ant,

      I'll be happy to practice the same compassion for AR activists that they practice for all the animals they have stolenfrom their rightful owners and killed.

      Remember, the only good animal is a dead one according to them.

    3. Mike

      When I started to investigate animal rights activists I couln't believe the criminal activities they were involved in and they way they justify their "any means to an end" philosophy. Plus, the media does not appear interested in their obligation to inform the public about the truth behind the AR movement.


      You've displayed "critical thinking" and you've expressed yourself very well. The ARs rely on "emotional thinking" and therefore facts (such as you've presented) are not something with which they concern themselves. Emotional thinkers have difficulty distinguishing emotions and thoughts. That's why ARs don't have balanced and realistic thought processes and display distorted views of situations.


      See my answer to CJ above 😉


    4. The misleading of the public by HSUS gives law enforcement the mistaken. Idea that they are interested in animal welfare and not terrorizing millions with their agenda of eliminating animals in society.

      its time to enforce laws like the 2006 AETA against these domestic terrorists as that is clearly what they are.

      I can't talk about my own case but its amazing to me how a ar org can become so active in in

      vading our civil right without punishment.

    5. I wonder if anyone has really thought about what would happen if the ARs suceeded. Let concider the future if they did. A small list of what we loose.

      veterinarians, allthose who work for vets, animal feed and all of the people that work in that area, farmers,chemist, scientist, teachers, all of the products used with animals, flea control, wormers, vitamins,shampoos, medications by the hundreds,collars, acessories, little bows end neck hankies and coat care, combs, brushes etc, all of the products that need to be in order to produce the products we use with our animals . All of the people who have a job because of the products we use with our animals. And I havn't even mentioned food and clothing that animals provide and the jobs that that industry provides, There are a lot of mediciens that are made directly from animal products, Actually there are a lot of things made from animal products one would not think of, such as lotions, glues, hair products. There are so many things that are directly related to animal husbandry and without those things and all of the jobs those things create this worlds would end. We can't even say we would go back to being savages because they depended on animals. So just think of everything in everyday use that can be followed back to an animal and the job related to it. Does anyone follow what I am saying here? I am not sure I can make myself clear because of the enormity of what I am trying to get accross. Maybe some one else could take a shot at it and say it better. Let me say this, My husband would be dead in a matter of days without pig insulin. He is allergic to the man made insulin. Every nuance of life involves animal and humean intergration we have a symbotic relationship.One cannot exist without the other.

    6. Maggie B.

      Very well put.

      Unfortuanely, in our effort to let the world know the AR agenda we are not being helped by a media that will not ask the tough questions that would reveal their unseemly mission and destructive methods. The media likes to portray these people as folksy protestors and not despots.

      It's left for us to educate others. It looks as if you (and the others that have written) have been doing so. Thanks.


    7. I totally agree. These folks are insane. I recognize their dysfunction in their desire to control at any cost. The problem is that I can't fix them. While I recognize their dysfunction and insanity, it has the possibility of doing real harm. They don't mind using Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals to push their radical agenda. Part of that is their willingness to lie, steal, cheat, commit fraud as to them the end justifies the means. It is a religion and they are promoting it with religious fervor. They have to be fought as an enemy because they are an enemy to humans. They want to see the end of animal agriculture & of pets in the home. They don't want service dogs, hunting dogs, breeding dogs or any farm animal to exist. They want to increase the cost of food to force a vegan agenda and to reduce human population. The picture is so much larger than the harassment of hunters & fishermen. We are fighting for our right to exist. We are fighting for our right to quiet enjoyment in our homes.

    8. Katie, thanks for the heads up on Terry. This blog gives just a few examples of the degree of deceit by ARs, from fake titles and fake research to eco-terrorism. The link at the bottom of the blog even reveals how unconscionable they can be. Some even involve themselves in acts of arson and intimidation to advance their cause.

      CJ, I agree. There are no "animal rights" bestowed to any creature by Mother Nature. Each is part of the energy transfer system she created for nearly all life on our planet. Life on earth is sustained by predator and prey relationships and when these relationships are working efficiently there is usually environmental health. If animals were to have "rights," as the ARs would have us believe, then life on our planet would cease to exist – what would living things consume for their existence?

      ARs weren't spared from being included in Mother Nature's predator and prey formula. Whether they eat at the local fast food joint or gobble down vegetables, they too kill and consume living things for their survival. They are simply in denial, which doesn't change the facts.


    9. Yes I to think they should be shown compassion and understanding. They should be rounded up and put away for the safety of animals, humans, and the world. They should recieve treatment for their mental problems. They should not be released until they fully understand the misery and damage they have done and are still doing. Yes I feel sorry for the awful mental handicapp they suffer. But I don't see why it should be allowed to continue. We lock up thieves,terrorist, embezzlers,pretenders, shyisters, quacks, and killers. So why are they still running around trying to promote an animal apocalypse?. They want to see an end to all living creatures. Nothing about nature is kind and forgiving it is the way of life on this planet. It is survival, We already have more then enough laws to protect the animals. Now we need laws to protect the animals and humans from the animal rights people. These people know very little about animals, humans or nature, They cause the death of millions of animals in the name of saving them. Tell me if you could not be rich, and most of us can't, would you rather be dead then live in the poor part of the country with poor medical and health services? NO, You want to live just as long as possible and you can be happy with very little. So why don't the animals deserve the same? The ARs remove animals from perfectly suitable places and kill them because they say it isn't good enough for the animal. Wonder what that animal would say if it could speak on it way to dying. Wonder how that animal feels when it is taken from a home where it is given all the basics to live and is then killed because that wsn't enough for group of mentally ill people. As for as hunting and fishing, well there would be no humans had that not been taking place for millions of years. Now we are going to let a bunch of idiots mess with what has taken nature all this time to perfect. Go figure!

    10. Ant, thanks for the article and your work to expose the AR's and their agenda for what it is. There is a HUGe education effort that needs to happen if we are going to turn the tide on this very well orchestrated attack on our lives with our animals.

      Just a kind note…Terry Ward is NOT your friend. She/He is a troll for HSUS and can be found slinging his/her venom in the comments section of any article that dares challenge HSUS.

    11. I respect your opinion, Walt.

      However, there is more that the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance (NJOA) has done to prevent or expose the antics of the animal rights movement than most national organizations. In fact, in 2007 the sportsmen/women of NJ united as a force under the mantle of the NJOA to remove two animal rights politicians from office.

      There is much more we've accomplished during the last four years, but our successes are not the subject of this blog article.

      Don't confuse compassion with apathy. You can still be compassionate and be assertive at the same time. This article is assertive in that it exposes some of the schemes used by animal rights activists to dupe the public, which is in my opinion contrary to your statement that it is "an example of why the ARs get away with it…"

      It seems from your comments that the ARs might have buried their way under your skin. That's exactly wher they want to be, but is it where you want them?

      Thanks for writing.


    12. Compassion? For the hard core animal rightist? Don't think so. Not real soon.

      I've been in the fight to defend animal owners and users rights against those people for about ten years now. In that time I've seen clueless lawmakers routinely lied to, corruptible ones bought, public officials of all stripes and levels cowed or (again) bought, literally thousands of decent people fearful that their next litter of puppies or kittens, next bird, next rabbit, next hunt, next season on the farm or next research project could lead to disaster. Lawful and decent businesses by the dozens forced to close. I've seen dozens of lives willfully ruined by animal rightists, often with the help of law enforcement people who should know better. Our country needs its animals, we're already in a world of hurt and it'll get worse before it gets better.

      The numbers above are a fraction of the totals because even watching this slo-mo disaster full time I see only a fraction of what actually happens.

      Are you scared about our dependence on foreign oil? How 'bout our coming dependence on foreign meat, eggs, and animal-using medical research? Will it be okay with you when your next dog has to be imported? When you can no longer hunt in the U.S.?

      And all this because a few thousand nasty people make money and get their jollies making it happen.

      Compassion? Maybe when my foot is on an animal rightist's throat and she has apologized for all the people she deliberately tortured we'll have something to talk about. Right now what I've got is anger and determination.

      I am sorry: This column is a mixture of clueless and silly. It is more an example of why the ARs get away with it than it is a constructive response.

    13. Thank you, Terry.

      Conservation education, participation in outdoor activities such as fishing amd hunting, and being engaged in advancing conservation policy and legislation are key to environmental stewardship and making sure the outdoors is healthy for future generations. Compassion for those full of negativity towards our way of life is as beneficial to us as it is to them.


    14. The author is certainly correct…

      'Humane' has become a negative word.

      We have the NRA and the conservatives and the AKC and everyone else who profits from IN-humanity to thank for this.

      Personally, I am very positive about my humanity…for humans AND for animals.

      And am proud to speak for everyone else who shares these values.

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