Because we find ourselves in a minority, it is assumed that we are wrong or unworthy of attention. It is so easy to go along with the crowd because there is no need to voice an opinion; there are plenty of others who thrive on showing that they are part of a big movement.
But if we look at history, it is filled with people in the minority who have believed so firmly in their right to a certain way of life that they have had the power to change the majority.
Emmeline Pankhurst and her husband Richard Pankhurst come to mind for women’s rights including the ‘women’s property act’ and their right to vote. I am a great admirer of William Wilberforce, an English abolitionist who worked tirelessly against the solid resistance of businessmen and public opinion. By chipping away and against all odds, he turned the tide in favour of the abolition of the slave trade. What few people know is that he was also involved in the humane treatment of animals.
He was among the founder members of the Clapham Sect who began the S.P.C.A. which would later become the R.S.P.C.A. (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). *
Today, Nelson Mandelais still here as a testimony to those who stand by their convictions.
You’re thinking that I’m long-winded? So I’ll come to my point which is to have you look at animal rights protestors in a different light. They’re not making a noise just for fun. It was no fun during the recent demonstrations against AIR FRANCE/KLM which were held during the freezing weather we had in January and February. They will not give up on their combat to stop AF/KLM from transporting primates and other species to their deaths in laboratories in testing. Nothing is ever going to make them change their minds because when you have loved a dog or a cat or any other animal and know they have a soul, it is not conceivable to let other animals suffer! Vivisection is a HORROR!
The combat against bull-fighting is not new. William Wilberforce was aware of it. He fought against such British activities as bear-baiting, dog fights and cock fighting – all blood letting in its most gruesome forms for the pleasure of a crowd. WE cannot in all conscience allow bulls to be tortured for the pleasure of spectators. Olé as the animal makes his last move before falling to its knees. Shame on bull-fighting spectators!
Animal rights protestors will one day come into their own right. I hope I’m still alive to see the day but until that time, I will continue to support them with the money I can spare and with a fathomless supply of words. More power to dedicated ‘animal rights’ militants. They have done something worthy with their lives!
*My novel ‘The Viscount’s Midsummer Mistress’ had devoted some paragraphs to William Wilberforce and his work in Regency times.