Tuesday, July 06, 2010

CNN Looks at Animal Rights

Monday night CNN aired a full hour special called Jane’s Fight for Animal Rights. Jane Velez-Mitchell, CNN spokeswoman, takes a stand on some of the most emotionally charged ISSUES of the day. And this time she takes on animal rights issues. 

It featured representatives from PETA, the Humane Society of the United States, Sea Shepherd, In Defense of Animals, Farm Sanctuary, and Mercy for Animals. It also included cameo appearances from celebrity spokespeople for animal rights, Bob Barker, Pierce Brosnan, and Jorja Fox of CSI.

Some of the topics of discussion were: the disaster in the Gulf and its impact on animals, a national movement to give factory farm animals basic protections against cruelty, a look at the government's round up of wild horses, and an update on an effort to fight a monkey breeding farm in Puerto Rico.

While it makes sense to us cat lovers, with most of us loving ALL animals, this program and others like it are a necessary part of protecting animals by exposing the abuse that animals suffer everyday all around the world. We need more shows like this to educate the public on what goes on behind closed doors and to encourage individuals to take a stand for animal rights and improving animal welfare. However, there are those who wish such programs were never aired in attempts to keep animal conditions as they are…cruel and inhumane. 

One such group is AmmoLand.com; which calls itself “the webs leading Shooting Sports News Service for the Ammunition, Firearms, Shooting, Hunting and Conservation communities.” Their homepage has an article discussing Jane’s animal rights program, saying CNN is “providing radicals a platform” and that “CNN needs to understand that pandering to sensationalism not only hurts the people who actually care for animals, it hurts the animals themselves.” These statements coming from a group that uses the word “conservation” in the same sentence with “ammunition,” “firearms,” “shooting,” and “hunting.” Who exactly is “legitimiz[ing] extremist views?” 

AmmoLand.com urges its supporters to write to CNN and complain about its “out-of-the-mainstream views by radical animal rights groups that represent a twisted point of view.” They say that CNN “fail[s] at real journalism and [its] in ability to present real facts.” ACR couldn’t disagree more, and we encourage our supporters to write to CNN and thank them for providing such a though-provoking show.

You can send your comments to CNN by clicking here. 

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