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Activists lack self-esteem

Dick Ziggers
Animal activists pose a clear danger to agriculture. Through terrorists acts, blackmail and propaganda they try to mislead the man in the street. Their needs are apparently different to mainstream consumers. Reasoning is almost impossible with these fundamentalists. There is something wrong with their self-esteem.

Bob Stallman, President of American Farm Bureau Federation, indicated that animal welfare extremists pose a clear and present threat to American agriculture, according to a story in Brownfield Ag News.

Stallman referred to the Humane Society of the US (HSUS), an anti-livestock group that intends "to prohibit the use of animals for food or for work," he warned. Not only in the US, also in Europe and other developed countries these action groups gain ground. It is interesting to philosophize about the reason why activists almost put animal rights above human rights.

The first thought that comes to mind is related to Maslow's hierarchy of needs. This is a theory Abraham Maslow published in 1954 and is symbolised in a pyramid consisting of five levels: the four lower levels are grouped together as being associated with physiological needs (D- or deficit needs), while the top level is termed growth needs associated with psychological needs (B- or being needs).

Deficiency needs must be met first. Once these are met, a person is seeking to satisfy personal growth needs. This fifth level is harder to attain and longing for self-actualisation is seen as being addictive, once experienced it is something that people tend to want more and more of.

Negative effects

Maslow believed that humans have the need to increase their intelligence and thereby chase knowledge. Cognitive needs is the expression of the natural human need to learn, explore, discover and create, to get a better understanding of the world around them. Animal activists are misusing this need. They see that their acts (arson, freeing animals) are widely covered in the press and that they can easily get away with it because it has low priority with the police. Misinformation or manipulated information further helps to spread their truth.

The negative effects of their activities never reach the popular press. For example an undeniable tsunami of horse abuse cases has swept across the USA since a ban on horse processing - pushed by vegan driven animal rights groups - went into effect in early 2007.


Blackmail, not democracy is another method enacted by activists to reach what they want. Large retail companies are visited and forced to sell or use cage-free eggs. If the retailers hesitate, their image will be badly damaged through media-campaigns. Even peaceful living monks don’t get a pass. After months of protests by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the monks at Mepkin Abbey, a Trappist monastery in South Carolina, had to give up the egg production business that had sustained them for nearly 50 years, because their chicken were kept in cages.


These fundamental animal right activists lack self-esteem. All humans have a need to be respected, to have self-esteem, self-respect, and to respect others. Imbalances at this level can result in low self-esteem, inferiority complexes. People with low self-esteem need respect from others. They may seek fame or glory, which again depends on others. However, people with low self-esteem will not be able to improve their view of themselves simply by receiving fame, respect, and glory externally.


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    Susan Thixton

    Mr. Ziggers arrogance is remarkable!

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    Dr. Abdul Qader Samsor

    Any creature in the world was existed or existing now including human being created for goal/s or aims. all animals are for the benifits and usefulness of Human, but depend on thier social, economical, cultural, blieves,geo and climatic condition, but has to be used in the way that not to be big presure or burden above thier power or what they can carry. if its riding, draught power,load, use as food sources. feed well and keep well, these are the are rights(animal right), in the history the animal created first and then human. for instance horse is incureaged not be kill not to be use for meat perpose. in developed countries that have tecnology, horse could be use as hobby for sport. in backward countries most of agricultural work depend on draught power through animals, even in some country this job has don through men, becuse lack of access to technology and knowledge how to use tehnology. every creatures has thier own rights but the meaning and interpretions is defferent, what do they need and what do they want. the human many times these rights have been used as tools for monopolization and polical purposes. thanks

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    Dr. Grahame A. Leach

    I totally agree with Dick Ziggers. There is a small but vocal minority that want things run their way without regard to true animal science or the wishes of the (silent) majority.

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    M Broeker

    Finally someone who isn't afraid to call it like it is! Thank you

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    Annie Richardson

    Perhaps you should watch the video taken by the Humane Society. Do you actually think that's OK?

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    Al Mathers

    I raise pigs for peoples freezers. I am NOT a Vegan. I do believe that ALL Farm Animals have the right to be treated humanely. I have had issues with P.E.T.A. trying to release my piglets in S.F. Ca. at Pier 39(guess they thought the piglets would like an ocean swim) when a radio station asked us if we bring them for City People to see. As in everything else humans do they go to extreems on both sides of this issue of animal rights. It's sad really because both sides have real issues that need/should to be resolved. It's a shame that we as caretakers of this planet of ours can never learn to walk in the path of common/moral sense. Of course this is just my own personal opinon and like other things everybody has one. Thankyou for letting me express mine.

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