The latest issue of The Simon magazine features a great article by Charlotte Laws, an animal rights advocate and philosophy doctorate. In My Adventures Presenting Animal Rights Philosophy to the FBI, Laws offers an entertaining account of visiting Quantico to bridge the gap between activists and the government.
Here’s an excerpt:
My plan was to serve as an ambassador for the animal rights movement. … I wanted my audience to understand that anti-terrorism resources should be used to combat dangerous groups who fly planes into buildings, rather than renegade gerbil lovers. It would not be realistic to suggest that animal-related “crimes” be ignored, but I argued they be deprioritized in an age when chemical, biological and nuclear warfare are possible.
During my lecture, I was able to get several law enforcement executives to admit openly that they would break the law, if necessary, to rescue an animal in distress, although they did not specifically agree to break into a research lab or factory farm.