Reputable and Disreputable Animal Rights Organizations

We have previously discussed market campaigns for animal rights (in this post), and the damage done by respectable animal rights organizations to conservation in Africa (here).

Meanwhile, the media is preoccupied with ‘animal rights terrorists’. Brendan O’Neill has written a sensible and balanced article about this phenomenon,

The truth about ‘animal rights terrorism’
Statistics reveal that it consists of rare and mostly minor incidents carried out by a handful of losers. So why is everyone so obsessed with it?

The reputable organizations have done a lot more damage by encouraging destruction of the economic value of wildlife to landowners in Africa than the nutcases have done anywhere. By destroying incentives to conservation they have both encouraged the destruction of wildlife, and cut the income to Africans that could have flown from what was previously an asset, but is now just a pest.


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