PETA has settled a lawsuit (perhaps to avoid discovery where its files would have been thrown open to lawyers), and agreed to a court order not to infiltrate a medical testing company it had been seeking to harm. The order lasts for five years. Suing animal liberationist harassers—but only when the suit is justified—could be an effective tool to keep the movement within proper parameters. In a free society, liberationists obviously have the right to try and persuade us to become vegans and stop animal testing. But they don’t have the right to coerce that result. Hopefully, spankings by the law—civil in the case of PETA, criminal against terrorists like SHAC and the ALF—will convince animal liberationists to stay within proper legal parameters.

One post script: In 1997, Huntingdon Life Sciences obtained a similar non infiltration order against PETA. It wasn’t too long thereafter that SHAC began its terrorist campaign of tertiary targeting—terrorism which PETA adamantly refuses to condemn.

Articles by Wesley J. Smith

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