Zoos and circuses are targets of scorn for animal liberation activists. But should doing business with a business that activists don’t like get your targeted as well?
The tactic started with animal research. UCLA scientists whose medical research involves animals have been targeted at their homes. Activists with an animal-rights group targeted employees of a biomedical research company. Then they targeted employees of an insurance company who did business with the lab. The activists don’t believe in using animals for medical research, “even if animal research resulted in a cure for AIDS,” admits PETA head Ingrid Newkirk.
But these groups aren’t just against lifesaving medical research. Their tactics have broadened to a wider variety of issues.
The Humane Society of the United States (an anti-meat group not related to local humane societies or pet shelters) has targeted companies selling meat products, demanding that they make demands of food producers in their supply chain. And PETA has recently targeted companies doing business with SeaWorld, such as Southwest Airlines and the American Automobile Association, simply for having travel industry ties to SeaWorld.
In short, every business is fair game to the animal-rights bullies. Innocent bystanders are their targets of intimidation.