Anti-animal groups may be in the public minority, but they can have a powerful influence over legislators. And, our voice is all that the animals have. When our voice is diminished, theirs is, too. Their best interests are silenced.
Brutal fur farming, barbaric trapping with body-crushing devices, living miserably behind bars in roadside zoos ... the consequences are disastrous.
Unfortunately for us at Born Free and for all those involved in animal advocacy - and, indeed, for the animals themselves - anti-animal organizations make our work that much harder. In the US, the National Rifle Association (NRA), the trapping industry, and the fur industry (among far too many others) thwart our efforts by supporting the hunting, killing, and vicious treatment of wildlife.
Life-and-death decisions about wildlife should not be placed in the hands of a powerful, vocal few. A reckless minority cannot get away with overturning compassionate legislation like the Hunting Act. Not on our watch.
It's very clear that the struggle against the community of hunters who blithely ignore animal welfare, conservation, and human progress is not restricted to the Safari Club or NRA in America. The debate is mirrored elsewhere. And, as long as Born Free has a presence and ability to engage in the fight, we will win. The voice of the animals will be heard.