Bestselling author Dean Koontz is anti-animal and says that animal rights activists are "antihuman."
According to an article in National Journal Magazine, Koontz authored the foreword of an anti-animal rights book being distributed by the Center for Consumer Freedom, which is funded by the alcohol, tobacco, restaurant and meat industries. The CCF has been involved with fighting campaigns against obesity, supporting drinking and driving, and attacking organic farming. They even claim in a July 1, 1998 op-ed in Food Arts Magazine that there is a "lack of evidence that second-hand smoke causes cancer." You can find the CCF fighting just about any criticism of the alcohol, tobacco or food industries, arguing that people should have the freedom to endanger themselves and others if they choose to do so.
In his foreword, Koontz wrote that animal rights activists are "antihuman" and that if animal activists "ever succeeded in their goals, if they established through culture or law that human beings have no intrinsic dignity greater than that of any animal, the world would not be a better place for either humankind or animals. Instead, it would be a utilitarian nightmare in which the strong would destroy the weak."
Um, no, what we have now is a system where the strong destroy the weak.
And Koontz has been deceived by one of the top 12 animal rights myths - that animal rights activists care more about nonhuman animals than humans.
What's the difference between my saying that Koontz is anti-animal and Koontz saying that AR activists are anti-human? Koontz really is anti-animal, while AR activists are not anti-human. Koontz is arguing for a system where humans are allowed to imprison, abuse and kill animals, while AR activists advocate a system where all animals - human and nonhuman - are free of abuse and oppression. In the ideal animal rights world, no one is oppressed.
I've only bought one Dean Koontz book in my life ("Intensity") and was not impressed. I wasn't exactly planning on buying another one, but now I know that I will not buy another Dean Koontz book for as long as he is anti-animal.
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