As the phrase from Ecclesiastes goes, “there is nothing new under the sun.” This is particularly true when talking about radical activism.
“Activists borrow from one another. In the past, radical environmentalists borrowed from the animal liberation movement. Now animal rights advocates are borrowing from environmentalists,” said author Thomas Walkom, National Affairs Columnist for The Star.
Walkom interviewed Toronto animal rights activist, Anita Krajnc, whose claim to fame was a 2015 arrest for “offering water to thirsty pigs on their way to slaughter.” Krajnc was a founder of the animal rights group Toronto Pig Save, which has morphed into the worldwide Save Movement which focuses “on the plight of not only pigs but cows, chickens and other food animals.”
Not satisfied with the effectiveness of their movement, (after all, people were still eating animals no matter how many vigils the activists held outside the slaughterhouses,) the activists started looking for more productive tactics. Krajnc, according to Walkom, landed on radical climate change group Extinction Rebellion as using the most promising template.
Extinction Rebellion started in England but has spread to other countries and has three reported goals, the most important to the animal rights world is setting up citizen assemblies (read protest groups) outside of the normal political structure.
Although its tactics include non-violent civil disobedience, Extinction Rebellion demonstrators have caused massive uproar and disruption of traffic by shutting down major bridges in London
Perhaps the most alarming precept of Extinction Rebellion is its adherence to the Lenin idea that only a small minority of the population need be involved in direct actions as long as the majority are amenable.
Many of its ideas were borrowed from a 2016 book This is an Uprising, written by Mark and Paul Engler, said the Walkom article. He notes that when he met with Krajnc, she was carrying an obviously well-used copy of the Engler book, referring to it often.
How has the Save Movement adopted a radical enviro-group agenda? First, they have set up two “Save” groups – Climate Save and Health Save.
Climate Save is advocating for the elimination of animals used for human food (sound familiar), allowing land to be turned back into carbon-absorbing forest. Health Save encourages people to adopt veganism. More social engineering.
Next, the Save Movement plans on including blockades and demonstrations in front of the homes of those involved in the animal slaughter business. Walkom notes that this could actually backfire by generating sympathy for the targets of the animal rights demonstrations.
How does the radical agenda affect the ability to hunt? Take a look at the tactics of the animal rights activists in the continual introduction of anti-hunting proposals at all levels of government. Look at the emotional appeals that deny the scientific data backing up hunting as an important component in wildlife management plans.
As the famous Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu said, “know your enemy.”