Diana Culp is a woman who understands the issue of animal rights vs. animal welfare. She gets the fact that the animal rights philosophy is not about "better breeders" (no matter how lofty the rhetoric) but ultimately, about no breeders and the extinction of pets. And nobody can deny her impeccable taste in Internet citations.
But it was something else she said -- short, profound, and buried deep in the comments section --that most caught our attention:
Information that conflicts with what people wish to believe often brings out the mean in people.
Wow, ain't that the truth? And bringing out the mean is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to animal extremism.
Because to the extremist, facts that challenge their world view aren't enlightening or helpful -- they are the enemy. And like a horde of white blood cells to an infection, the meanness just can't help but ooze out in suppressive defense when a challenge is issued.
In the end, it's far less about the nuts and bolts of an issue than what a big dumb jerkface you are for daring to oppose them... especially when your argument happen to be the one backed by facts, reason, and practical experience.
How infuriating that must be.