Matthew Scully missed – or conveniently ignored – the whole point of Amendment 10.

If Amendment 10 were really about the comfort of pigs, animal advocates would still be plugging away at the Legislature. The truth – acknowledged by PETA campaign director Bruce Friedrich last December – is that animal rights zealots know a Florida victory will “help us lobby in Congress” and will ultimately “lead to similarcampaigns in other states.” They are planning a state-by-state transformation, and their goal is a permanent constitutional shrine to their twisted agenda.

A constitution that enumerates animal rights of any kind is the first step toward one that guarantees animal rights of every kind. This should make thinking people cringe. In no time at all, lifesaving medical research will be a thing of the past. So will milk – and beef. Enjoy the circus? Like leather shoes? Forget it. And don’t even think about “owning” pets. That’s on the agenda as well.

Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said so herself a few months ago, in a speech at the Animal Rights 2002 convention: “If anybody wonders about – what’s this with all these reforms – you can hear us clearly. Our goal is total animal liberation.”

Matthew Scully may be a heck of a speech writer, but he appears to know little about what his own movement is really trying to accomplish. Or maybe he’d just rather keep everyone in the dark for now.