They are by far the wealthiest non-profit animal rights group. In 2005 they dedicated $11 million (9.2% of their budget) to “campaigns, legislation and litigation,” and $28 million to “Regional and local programs.” I have seen them in action in my state.
Why have they taken the activist approach? Money. They have so much and greed is addictive. They display the mask of their kindly historical image as they continue to seek donations and invest their cash. But behind the puppy face, they appear to have a darker agenda – eliminating animal agriculture as we know it.
If they were truly concerned about improving the welfare of food animals it would be logical to assume they might build their own hog farm or veal barn. They could spend some of their wealth and effort into trying to understand the complexity of producing food at a price affordable to the masses, and improve it if they could. Then, at least, they would have some credibility with the producers they are trying to put out of business.
But they are basically a big money bully corporation. And it has become clear that they are not trying to improve modern animal agriculture, they are trying to eradicate it.
In my discussions with representatives of the anti’s, I have observed they have very little knowledge, much less experience in the businesses and methods they are trying to destroy. I would be embarrassed for them if they were not so shamelessly righteous.
Jesus said about lawyers;
“…Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.” (Luke 11:46)
“Woe unto you, lawyers! For ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.” (Luke 11:52)
Substitute ‘radical animal rights activist’ for ‘lawyers’ and it’s right on the money.