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Animal Rights Zealots Insult Holocaust Remembrance Day


April 16 is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. And what do animal rights activists do? Declare a despicable and inexcusable moral equivalency between animal agriculture and eating meat with the torture and murder of six million Jews, and others, in the Nazi death camps. 

Adding salt to the wound of the insult, some animal rightists plan to hold a funeral for cows and pigs. From the Their Turn website:

On Holocaust Remembrance Day (4/16), victims of the animal holocaust will be remembered during a funeral procession in New York City. Among the participants will be a survivor from Hungary who lost her sister and father in Nazi concentration camps and has dedicated her life to fighting atrocities committed against animals.

Holding a funeral for animals on the day that the victims of the Holocaust are commemorated is a slur on the memory of the dead. Equating dead pigs with dead Jews is more than implicitly anti-Semitic.

This isn’t the first such repugnant campaign by animals rights zealots to equate the Holocaust with animal agriculture. Some years ago, the PETA cult traveled the world with its "Holocaust on Your Plate" campaign. When the going got hot, PETA’s alpha wolf Ingrid Newkirk issued a classic non-apology apology, and proved she wasn’t really sorry by promoting an odious book making the same point called Eternal Treblinka.

I have been to Auschwitz. I have walked the awful train terminus in the Birkenau death camp where countless Jews were separated for immediate gassing or slave labor, the very camp depicted in the disgusting image at Their Turn. Any movement that can’t distinguish between the worst evil perpetrated against humanity and animal husbandry has no business preaching morality to anyone.

Image by Michel Zacharz AKA Grippenn[1] (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons.

Cross-posted at Human Exceptionalism.

Wesley J. Smith

Chair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human Exceptionalism
Wesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on human dignity, liberty, and equality. Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. Wesley’s most recent book is Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, a warning about the dangers to patients of the modern bioethics movement.