Animal Rights Activists And Organizations

Throughout history, there has been an ongoing battle between those who opress animals and those who wish to liberate them. One of the most publicized events regarding animal rights was in April of 1996, when Howard Lyman [Author of the book Mad Cowboy] appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show, and informed much of America of the atrocities involved in cattle farming. He spoke of their diets, which then consisted of grain, rendered parts of cattle, euthanized animals, and other livestock that died before getting to slaughter, including horses, sheep, goats, poultry, and pigs. Oprah Winfrey was shocked upon learning this and announced on the spot that she would never touch beef again. Soon after this episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show aired, Oprah and Howard Lyman were sued under the Texas Food Disparagement Act. Oprah and Howard were accused of "spreading slander" accross the nation via national television. As a result of their trial, beef cows can eat roadkill, deceased livestock of any other species, and euthanized pets, but they cannot eat cud-chewing animals such as cattle, sheep and goats anymore.

More recently but less publicized, Peter Young was arrested in March 2005 in a coffee shop. He had committed several violations of the then called "Animal Enterprise Protection Act" and a few other felonies including raids of fur farms, primarily mink farms. Young was turned in by his "friend" Justin Sammuel, who had assisted in some of the fur farm raids, but was not charged for these actions. As a result of his snitchery, Sammuel has been shunned from Animal Rights Organizations, deemed "untrustworthy" by most animal rights activists. That's all I got..

-Amy Chase

Mad Cowboy by Howard Lyman

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