I know they say it's wrong to shoot the messenger, but what if the messenger is withholding crucial information that allows suffering to continue unabated... in order to better capitalize on it? Can you at least taze them?
ANIMAL rights groups withheld film evidence of shocking animal cruelty in Indonesian slaughterhouses from the government for three months - before launching a major publicity campaign.
Shocking? Not really -- more like standard operating procedure for the groups whose fundraising and legislative efforts rely upon the existence of abusive and substandard animal agriculture practices. Yeah, really can't say I'm too surprised by this.
But this really does raise questions of responsibility and culpability, and opens the door for a discussion that is long overdue. Because clearly, there comes a point where it is less about caring for the individual welfare of animals than the larger agenda: a desire for publicity and a need to paint a hated industry in the most negative light possible. At some point -- and I won't pretend to have a perfect answer for where this point is -- the activist becomes an accomplice.