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People Affected by Animal Rights Activists

Updated on June 14, 2014

Mary Ellen McCormack

Child Protection and Animal Rights

The Child Protection Movement began thanks to the Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (now, American Humane Association). In New York in 1874 the law allowed for children to be removed from a home if neglected. Mary Ellen was a badly abused child who didn't meet the qualifications for removal. Etta Wheeler, a former neighbor of hers, tried to legally remove Mary Ellen. She finally had to resort to animal rights activists to make it happen.

Animal Rights Activists to the Rescue

Unable to do so, she turned to Henry Bergh, a leader in the animal humane movement in large part because a niece commented, "You are so troubled over that abused child; why not go to Mr. Bergh? She is a little animal, surely." (p.63, Wheeler & Watkins, 1990) Mr. Bergh was able to get her removed from that abusive home. This case started a child saving crusade throughout the world.


Animal Activists Saved a Town

Turkey Creek, Mississippi, was founded by freed slaves (African-American "Freedmen") in 1866, and has experienced a lack of political power since that time resulting in eminent domain seizures. They lost land for airport expansion, annexation by Gulfport, land speculation, deforestation, wetland destruction, commercial sprawl, spot zoning and political isolation, and for landfill projects accepting industrial waste. Most of the land, without the resident's knowledge, was changed to commercial. Their historic cemetary was sold for an apartment complex.

Thank God for the Birds

Dispite their appeals to government officials and to the NAACP, the people's cries for help were not heard until the Audubon Society came to town. The Audubon Society turned 1600 acres into perpetual conservation. Today, the residents of this historic town are eager to count birds to preserve their town. One resident said to Wyatt Cenac on the John Stewart Show, January 24, 2011, "Thank God for the birds."

Where Chickens Live

Farm Sanctuary
Farm Sanctuary

Saving Animals and Humans

If it were not for the animal rights activists, we would never have become aware of the unsanitary conditions and of the unhealthy animals or antibiotic injected healthy animals that exist today in our factory farms. "Today's complexes are able to reduce house caretaking and egg packing requirements to 15 persons per million hens." Bell & Weaver, Commercial Chicken Meat and Egg Production)

Animal rights groups are fighting to improve the lives of farm animals. If you consume animal products (milk, meat, eggs, cheese), then, you are benefiting from the radicals you ridicule. "Forget the pig is an animal. Treat him just like a machine in a factory." (Hog Farm Management)

Changes made in the meat industry are made for financial reasons, not health or any other reasons. As inspectors decrease in number and standards decline, the primary people actively working to have improvements made are the animal rights people. When I read in the newspaper that following the MAD cow disease "...cattle brains and spinal cords have been banned from cattle feed," I was stunned! (Houston Chronicle, Purva Patel, 10/05/05) Cows are supposed to be vegetarian--not fed parts from other cows. How disgusting!

Animal Rights and Human Rights

We humans are imperfect and often behave badly--just 2% of genetic difference exists between us and chimpanzees. Animal rights activists impact on humans results when we seek better standards for animals. Think about that the next time you want to oppose them.


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      Kenneth Avery 

      18 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Great hub and writing. Love the work that the ASPCA is doing and I pray that you always publish hubs that help them in their rescue work of defenseless animals.

      I would write the name of what I have given to those who abuse animals, women, and children, but I do not use that type of filth in my language.

      Honored to follow you.

    • Lucky Cats profile image


      7 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Absolutely fantastic hub! Thank you, so much~! You have opened eyes in a way which is palatable to those who may not understand the bredth and scope of the animal rights movement. It is not a bad is an extremely GOOD thing! Thank youy!@!!!!

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      7 years ago from Kaunas, Lithuania

      This is such a great and interesting hub. Thanks for sharing!


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