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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; First Edition edition (November 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895264986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895264985
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,564,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marquardt is the founder of Putting People First, a nonprofit organization that promotes human rights and animal welfare and opposes animal rights extremism. Her book is an expose of the animal rights movement, especially the more violent activist groups. According to the author, the animal rightists are dangerous and try to gain support by presenting false evidence. Despite the sometimes childish tone of her book, Marquardt supports her opinions with well-documented evidence, including direct quotes from animal activists and descriptions of specific terrorist events. The arguments are convincing, although a committed animal rightist would probably not be swayed. Appendixes provide a wealth of useful information, including lists of organizations, a chronology of animal rights extremism, an overview of the benefits derived from animal research, and suggestions for appropriate action. Libraries with animal rights collections should balance their inventories by purchasing this book.
- Deborah Emerson, Monroe Community Coll. Lib., Rochester, N.Y.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The ecology movement's outer fringe, as both critics and sympathizers of green thinking will agree, lies with groups like Earth First! and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Believing humanity to be a scourge on the planet, they occasionally carry out their convictions with outright criminality, applauding, though perhaps not perpetrating, the arson, bombing, and maiming of scientists using animals for research. On the fuzzy side, they plead for animal rights on bus placards, in the media, and in primary schools. It was in a school, in fact, where Montana ranch mom Marquardt's kids learned from a PETA person that she was a murderer because she hunts for food. Marquardt culled all the news reports about PETA, organized her own group (Putting People First), and wrote this manifesto. It gleefully repeats the weirder public statements made by animal rightists, chastises their fund-raising tactics, and praises the medical benefits of animal experimentation. Especially in rural areas and in the West, where people interact frequently with animals, this energetic polemic is apt to receive nodding support and perhaps recruit new members for Marquardt's group. Gilbert Taylor

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Azar on March 23, 2014
Format: Hardcover
this book is a scam! it exaggerates and skews the truth, leaves out any shred of compassion and shows little understanding of what really goes on in laboratories and with animals in general. For me this book is an ignorant rant by a mean spirited person.
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20 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Norwegies on March 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book opens up showing the abuses of many of the big name Animal Rights groups. The vast majority of funds raised are not used towards benefiting animals by research or health funds but actually go back to programs to raise even more money. These figures are not released by these various groups because it would by common sense cease people sending them more funding.
A value judgement is given that human life has greater importance and to lose sight of this can only lead us to a world where groups like the Taliban can kill off women because they have no value. Humans are the present reigning species and this book does not suggest that we abuse or neglect animals just that we utilize our funds with information. To believe that you are giving to a charity for the welfare of animals and instead find out that the money goes to a select group whose salaries are in the top 5% and also that the charity funds and defends voilence and destruction of research is very disheartening. This book provides a vast number of source for all claims it puts forth, similar to the Susan Faludi book "Backlash".
Please keep your minds open and don't be lazy thinkers when you gift your funds to organizations.
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18 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Sharyn Hutchens on May 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Already read 'The Hijacking of the Humane Movement' and 'Misplaced Compassion'? This is the least known of the three basic books that tell the frightening truth about the animal rights movement, but it's easily the pick of the litter. Be sure to read the reviews written by the animal rightists here -- if they don't convince you that this is what you're looking for, nothing will!

Carefully documented, consise, clear, and READABLE, this is the one to have your dog or cat club legislative liaison and officers read, the one to leave with your state legislators when you visit them, the one to spend a weekend with if you're scared of all the bad laws that are being passed. It would be great if the AKC's leadership would read this ... but not a chance: They're working with the movement now.

If you haven't read the other two, just get this. The only real question is why did we let it go out of print?
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30 of 47 people found the following review helpful By hhutchison@cornell-iowa.edu on October 18, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Kathleen Marquardt was called a "murderer" because she hunted. Her daughter, came home from school crying because of that. Later on, she was sick, and treated, during which time she read up on animal rights. From that, she started an organization called Putting People First, and went on to write this book.
One cannot look at this book without keeping this in mind. She got angry, and vowed to do something about it. Animal rights groups have Hollywood stars and lots of snazzy advertising, while Mrs. Marquardt relies on a presentation of facts. These facts include the following:
1. Destruction of years of research on infectious diseases
2. Hunter harassment that had included shots fired at hunters
3. Bombings
4. "Liberation" of animals, some of which have dangerous diseases, and
5. The movement's goal to oulaw pet ownership.
This does portray the darker side of the animal rights movement, forcing a person to think hard. It can also shatter notions of animal rights groups that are held closely. Furthermore, this book proves that one need not be a memeber of PeTA to care about animals and oppose cruelty. A must read for anyone undecided about animal rights.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. E. Huey on July 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
If the meat, dairy, and fish industries, animal testing advocates, and animal entertainment industry ever needed a shill, Ms Marquat fits the bill perfectly. Her arguments are false and outdated. Since the time the book was published, more and more VALID research on the dangers that the these industries pose to our planet, our future, and ourselves has come out.

For anyone who agrees with her -- and certainly her imaginary notion that circus animals are well treated -- I dare you to watch the documentary Earthlings. It shows graphic footage of how circus animals are really treated, and what goes on factory farms, slaughter houses, and animal testing labs. It shows exactly what is going on with our oceans and what fish farms are really like. If you cannot have compassion for animals, at least consider the health aspects of what happens when you load your body up with not only animal flesh, but some surprising byproducts that the meat, dairy, and fish industries won't tell you about: blood and pus in milk and dairy; urine, toxins, and pathogens in meat and fish; hormone growth injections and antibiotics in all.

By the way, I've seen the inside of a slaughterhouse. I remember vividly the cows hanging upside down, their throats slashed, still alive and struggling, and the floors covered with blood and body parts. So, to all you people who laugh at "urban" people who care about other sentient beings, I dare you to visit one. But you'll find that a bit difficult, because nowadays, it's all done in secrecy. Why do think that is?
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