Winston Churchill once said, “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” Indeed, the rampant dissemination of skewed studies, misinformation, and outright lies is a cornerstone of the animal and environmental extremist movements. Additionally, media outlets and personalities are quite often willing accomplices in the propagation of extremist ideology. What’s worse, rebuttals from animal experts are usually limited to industry publications and are rarely granted the advantage of mainstream audiences.
Giving an Audience to a Group Which Commits Crimes
A recent article in Harper’s Magazine illustrates the issue very clearly by regurgitating debunked animal extremist talking points. The article also ventures onto dangerous ground by giving publicity to the animal extremist fringe group, Direct Action Everywhere (DxE). Even in established animal extremist circles, DxE is viewed as a pariah because of its extreme and illegal activities.
Instances of trespassing, burglary, harassment, and vandalism are regular occurrences and are counted as coups among DxE members. Since the group’s creation in 2013, DxE members have been charged with more than ninety felonies, mostly for stealing animals or trespassing.