The animal rights conflict

Bob Hammill, Sale

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

IN any Third World country you would be hard pressed to find a vegetarian, let alone a vegan.

In Australia, our wealth allows many to adopt such lifestyles and some seek to impose their views on others.

For those under threat from animal rights protesters, I’d suggest a study of the anti-Vietnam campaign, because there are many similarities.

Anti-Vietnam protests started with a few hundred and quickly grew to tens of thousands in all capital cities.

Protesting became popular.

Zealots spurred on mums and dads and from that point on, and the impact on government and veterans became significant.

In all countries people seem to need a ’cause’, and as activists identify and expose acts of cruelty in Australia, many more mums and dads will join the fray and join their movement.

The current focus of primary producers and government is to force activists to take down websites and impose fines or jail time.

That approach had almost no impact on anti-Vietnam protesters and with animal rights, they should expect a similar result.

Those under threat need a smarter approach – and they need to find it soon.

The Vietnam experience shows the road they’re on leads nowhere.