Questions News Reporters Should Ask
Animal Rights Activists, But Don’t!
By Stephen M. Vantassel
Newspaper reporters, radio reporters, television reporters:
Read the questions below. Feel free to use them when interviewing animal rights activists. It contains a great deal of information that debunks the animal rights agenda. I have published a number of articles, including peer-reviewed as well as a book: Dominion over Wildlife: An Environmental-Theology of Human-Wildlife Relations (Wipf and Stock, 2009) detailing the logical, conceptual, and factual inadequacies of the animal rights position. Feel free to contact me email@example.com for more information.
These are the questions reporters should ask, the rationale is also given.
- If lethal control is not warranted here, why doesn’t your organization solve the problem? (Animal rights organizations are really a money making machine. But unlike businesses, they collect money so that they can lobby government to spend its money). For information on their finances visit http://www.guidestar.org/index.html
- If Bailey and Hancock traps are as humane as you say, why don’t your members trap beavers now and help reduce the exploding population? (Fact is these traps are not necessarily more humane than other traps hated by animal rights groups).
- Why does your group think that it is better for an animal to starve to death than to be killed by hunting or trapping? Why is it more “natural” for an animal to starve than to be killed? Aren’t humans part of the ecosystem?
- Given that habitat destruction is the leading cause of animal death, why doesn’t your organization purchase land for preservation purposes? (or spend more on protecting habitat?)
- Are you against whale hunting because whales are truly endangered? Or are you against whale hunting because you don’t believe in the utilization of this resource for any reason? Or is your organization’s opposition a combination of the two or something else?
About the Author
Stephen M. Vantassel is a certified wildlife control operator who helps individuals, businesses, and agencies resolve wildlife damage issues through training, writing, expert witness, and research. His latest books are the Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook, 3rd edition and The Practical Guide to the Control of Feral Cats. He can be contacted at wildlifecontrolconsultant at gmail dot com.
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