“It’s important for people to understand that animal rights is a political agenda that, over the course of the last 50 years, has been altering Americans’ views about animal use,” Patterson told Dan Happel during the Sept. 6 episode of “Connecting the Dots” on Brighteon.TV.
Patterson made a distinction between animal rights and animal welfare.
“Animal rights is an ideology that animals are equal to people. Animal welfare is where we care about the well-being of animals, the husbandry practices that make sure that they’re content and cared for. The two are very, very different, and these animal rights groups want to elevate animals to be equal or superior to people,” she explained.
According to the advocate, she had learned the evil behind the animal rights agenda about 16 years ago. Patterson named several “animal rights organizations” portraying themselves as fighting for animals, but were actually betraying Americans. These organizations were misleading people by claiming that donations will be used to protect animals, but in reality they were not.
These include the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Farm Sanctuary, the Humane Society of the United States and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Patterson denounced these groups as “humane in name only” and revealed that they are not really doing anything to protect animals.
“What they are doing is betraying Americans into believing that they will use their money to protect the animals themselves. What they are really doing is working to pass policy behind this disguise, this mask of animal welfare. And that’s just absolutely could not be further from the truth.”
Animal rights groups prey on people’s emotions to push their agenda
According to Patterson, these organizations prey on people’s emotions in order to pass policies at the local, state and federal levels that will tighten the noose on farmers and ranchers as well as people who raise, breed and work with animals. She added that there are hundreds of these organizations that all work together and they have also joined hands with environmental groups.
She said these animal rights organizations have gradually elevated animals to be equal or superior to humans over the course of the last 50 years. (Related: Ecuador becomes first country to give individual wild animals legal rights.)
Patterson mentioned that these animal rights groups are also using their political power and money to buy lawyers and lobbyists to influence voters, legislators, churches, legislatures and litigation.
“They are so powerful and they have so many talents that leak into all of these different facets of our lives. But the bottom line is they are influencing policy,” Patterson said.
She went on to say that these animal rights groups are notorious for using their money to sway city prosecutors, local judges and animal control people to get a warrant to come into a person’s property and unlawfully seize animals that have a high dollar value.
Attesting to Patterson’s remarks about these animal rights organizations being humane in name only is former PETA employee Heather Harper-Troje, who was formerly with the group’s Community Animal Project (CAP). She worked directly under PETA co-founder Ingrid Newkirk before leaving in 2000.
Harper-Troje alleged in an affidavit that the CAP “had a sickening obsession with death” driven by Newkirk herself.
“While employed at PETA, my primary responsibilities included gaining possession of as many cats and dogs and possible, almost all of which were euthanized,” she stated. “If we saw animals loose, even on someone’s property, we were to take them whenever we could. PETA would not hold them for five days. We would not obtain signed releases if an animal was stolen, but would euthanize the animals immediately.”