Editorial: Inexcusable animal behaviour

Many pressure groups have proved themselves informed lobbyists and sophisticated media managers but the Animal Liberation Front’s (ALF’s) release of 6,000 feral minks into the delicate ecology of the New Forest this week will have done little to advance the public perception of their legitimacy.

Many pressure groups have proved themselves informed lobbyists and

sophisticated media managers but the Animal Liberation Front’s (ALF’s)

release of 6,000 feral minks into the delicate ecology of the New Forest

this week will have done little to advance the public perception of

their legitimacy.



Ironically, the criticism most often levied at corporations can be

applied to the ALF in this instance - its action was environmentally

irresponsible in the extreme. Its objectives were ill-defined, and it

succeeded only in raising public awareness of some of the mink’s more

unsavoury habits, while condemning a majority of the released animals to

death.



Ill-targeted ’heroic’ gestures on the part of rogue groups have no place

in the public affairs strategies of pressure groups, and animal rights

campaigners have been quick to distance themselves from the actions of

the ALF. This type of stunt can only serve to undermine the real

advances being made by legitimate groups.



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