BY RON THOMSON
The American Racketeering and Criminal Organisations Act (1970) (The RICO Act) explains the character – or the ‘soul’ if you like – of the International Animal Rights brigade.
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act is a United States federal law that provides for extended criminal penalties and a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization.
RICO was enacted by section 901(a) of the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970 (Pub.L. 91–452, 84 Stat. 922, enacted October 15, 1970) and is codified at 18 U.S.C. ch. 96 as 18 U.S.C. §§ 1961–1968. G. Robert Blakey, an adviser to the United States Senate Government Operations Committee, drafted the law under the close supervision of the committee’s chairman, Senator John Little McClellan. It was enacted as Title IX of the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970, and signed into law by US President Richard M. Nixon. While its original use in the 1970s was to prosecute the Mafia as well as others who were actively engaged in organized crime, its later application has been more widespread.
Beginning in 1972, thirty-three American states adopted the principles of the RICO law, and promulgated appropriate additional legislation that enabled them, individually and at state level, to prosecute a number of ‘other’ illegal and anti-social activities that needed to be brought under control.
How does this apply to the animal rights movement?
Let me pose a question:
Such an activity is called “common fraud”.
Let me give you an example.
The (fictitious) British NGO, “SAVE THE ELEPHANT FROM EXTINCTION FUND” tells the British public that the African Elephant population is declining (which is not true) and that the Elephant, as a species, is facing extinction (which is also not true). Then, in their first year of existence, through a massive propaganda campaign, this NGO solicits funds amounting to five million British Pounds from the British general public. That kind of money is truly being raised every year on the basis of just such false statements by many NGOs.
The real truth of the matter is that there are 150 different elephant populations in Africa some of which are declining – UNDOUBTEDLY – but there are many, many others which are expanding. Furthermore, in southern Africa, every single elephant population is already “excessive” – which means there are more elephants in every game reserve than the game reserve habitats can sustainably carry. Consequently, the elephants are destroying their own habitats. AND, if they are not reduced in number (by culling and hunting) they will destroy themselves!
You cannot manage the elephant (or any other animal) “as a species”. You can only manage each population in accordance with the numbers of elephants in a particular population – measured against the habitat’s ability to sustainably carry that number. And to achieve population safety and stability, such growing (SAFE) elephant populations actually need to be culled annually if they are to survive into posterity.
In Great Britain the MAL-information distributed in its propaganda campaigns by your “SAVE THE ELEPHANT FROM EXTINCTION FUND” – and your “Ban Trophy Hunting Campaigns” – is disrupting the proper management of southern Africa’s wildlife altogether. It is also denying the application of proper management to the excessive elephant herds – which, for their own good, require culling and/or hunting every year. So, the STEFEF propaganda is actually “contributing to the ultimate extinction of the very wild animal species that the NGO purports to want to protect.”
But, do the people of the STEFEF care?
No they don’t! They don’t because “saving the African Elephant” is not their objective. Their objective is to make five million British pounds every year out of the gullible British public.
This story is not yet finished.
The American RICO Act states that if a person, or an NGO, commits “the same” fraudulent act a second time inside a period of ten years, those two events are reclassified as being “a racket”; and the RICO Act declares that ‘racketeering’ IS “organised crime”.
Animal rights-ism, therefore, is not the innocuous “do-gooder” fraternity that its proponents purport it to be. Animal Rights is a pernicious confidence industry that should be spurned by responsible society wherever it rears its ugly head.
Strangely, in England, animal rightists have fellow-traveller supporters in the most unexpected places – including the British parliament and Buckingham Palace.
Ron Thomson’s Bio can be found here.