From Library Journal
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.
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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