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Animal crackers

The recent farming crisis has revealed the lopsided priorities of animal rights activists

By Bella Thomas   May 2001

Strangely absent from the extraordinary recent events in the British countryside have been the animal rights activists. If an animal life has similar value to a human one, then cutting that life short on a foot and mouth pyre for the sake of a trivial export industry might have been expected to arouse the movement’s righteous anger. There has been the occasional demonstration but no show of force. Having studied the movement for some months for a television documentary, I think I understand why.

Animal rights activists argue that in the modern world we witness the exploitation of animals for…

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