The movement for animal rights is the only US social movement that has a history of working with criminals in the underground, ones that the FBI have actually named as single issue terrorists. Of course the leadership of the animal rights movement never seem to condemn acts of violence as long as they are carried out for their cause which, in itself, represents part of this radical and unethical movement. Most of the animal rights groups only seem to work towards their own fundraising purposes through exploiting problems with animal welfare. Many times, their campaigns to raise money are merely raising concerns about a business that uses animals somehow, telling people how cruel they are so they can take the moral high ground and raise some money in the process. The HSUS and ASPCA just recently paid out $15.75 million and $9.3 million respectively to the owning company of Ringling Bros circus in order to settle a suit where they paid someone to go on the witness stand against the circus and give a testimony that was not credible.
The legal status of animals is another area that the proponents of animal rights and animal welfare tend to disagree on. The advocates for animal welfare call for laws that protect animals. Those who are on the side of animal rights push to give rights to animals, an idea that would require the legal status of animals to change. This would also need to put into place administrators in government that would make decisions, or be the voice for, the animals. At it’s core, the movement in animal rights is about politics, not about improving the care of the animals. It is about power for them. It is more specifically about deciding on how to best treat the animals, and whether there will even be private ownership of animals at all, or if the animals will be given a sanctuary for refuge from human use and ownership. The ideology of animal rights would be to separate animals from people and forever sever the bond between humans and animals.
The Western ethical tradition is the framework that the principles of animal welfare come from. It is a tradition that looks for tolerance for diversity and the views of the minority and then uses education and knowledge to advance its cause rather than using coercion. Just looking at the animal rights leaderships willingness to work with illegal factions and to misrepresent their motives and beliefs shows how different they are from the animal welfare faction.