Thursday, May 18, 2006

Logical, Yes; Laudable, No

I fortunately had missed this crazy-making story last week, and therefore I hat tip out of duty rather than gratitude (no personal offense toward the blogger; it's the story, not the messenger, and the fact that sometimes ignorance really is more blissful).

An animal rights activist group has launched an ad campaign to promote its opposition to animal research even if that research could produce a cure for AIDS.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is running ads on the Washington, D.C. Metro system, quoting PETA President and co-founder Ingrid Newkirk as saying, "Even if animal research resulted in a cure for AIDS, we'd be against it."

The Center for Consumer Freedom said PETA's ads make it clear that given the choice between rodents and curing sick people, rodents take precedence.

This conclusion is of course the logical outcome of PETA's premises, so I suppose one has to hand it to the organization for boldly acknowledging where its beliefs lead. I'm not going to specify what "it" I'd like to hand them, however.

And by the way, isn't this yet another illustration of this?