Animal-Rights ‘Crabs’ Attack SPCA

You’d think the entire animal protection movement would be supportive of the Prince Rupert Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). But last month the British Columbia organization, short on space and raising funds for a new $300,000 animal shelter, announced a “crab boil” fundraiser. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society issued a public call for protest e-mails and phone calls, and one animal-rights activist made a bomb threat as part of his phone harassment. “We were starting to get some, quite frankly, scary opposition,” an SPCA spokeswoman told reporters last week, so the event was cancelled.

If only that were the end of it. Now another animal rights group is insisting that British Columbia SPCAs cancel future fundraisers where any meat is on the menu. While the Vancouver Sun notes that “vegetarian choices are often available at SPCA fundraising events,” mere choices are not enough to satisfy the group Canadian Voice for Animals. Its online petition issues a “demand” that “all fundraising events that have animal products on the menu be stopped once an [sic] for all.”

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