Almost 3,000 people were killed when hijackers flew planes into the World Trade Center, a field in Pennsylvania and the Pentagon.
To equate the acts of that day with the protests and direct action of environmentalists and animal advocates diminishes the horror of Sept. 11.
To equate those murderers with people who care about the environment and animals dilutes the word "terrorist" until it becomes anyone with whom someone disagrees.
Those who profit from the destruction of our planet and from the exploitation of animals love to call activists "terrorists." Ironically those people are the ones who terrorize -- both the environment and animals.
Yet even the Federal Bureau of Investigation refers of us as terrorists.
Together, eco-terrorists and animal rights extremists are one of the most serious domestic terrorism threats in the U.S. today.Congress has even passed the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act -- despite the fact that animal advocates haven't killed a single person in the United States. What they have done is caused animal-exploiting corporations to lose money. Does that equate with killing 2,752 innocent people? Not one bit.
Don't disparage the memory of the Sept. 11 victims. Don't diminish the absolute horror of what happened on that day eight years ago. Don't refer to environmental and animal-rights activists as "terrorists."
(Image courtesy of "Circle of Compassion.")