I was so glad to read that the Press Journal declined to endorse Amendment 10 (“No to Amendment 10,” Oct. 16). Few Floridians understand that the ballot question’s campaigners got 90 percent of their money from out of state.

More voters should also know that the Florida Elections Commission on Aug. 23 found probable cause to charge a national animal-rights group, Farm Sanctuary, the campaign’s biggest donor, with 210 counts of breaking Florida election-finance laws, including the allegation that Farm Sanctuary has illegally acted as the campaign’s cashier, accepting donations from Americans in all 50 states on behalf of the campaign’s political-action committee. That’s a big no-no for tax-exempt charities.

The most frightening part of this whole pig-in-a-poke, though, is that it’s just a first step. Animal-rights zealots will never stop pushing toward their ultimate goal. In a speech at the Animal Rights 2002 convention a few months ago, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk let the cat out of the bag:

“If anybody wonders about what’s this with all these reforms you can hear us clearly. Our goal is total animal liberation.”

For the uninitiated, “total animal liberation” means permanently eliminating beef, pork, poultry, eggs, milk and dairy, leather, fur, circuses, zoos, aquariums, pet ownership, rodeos, horse racing, hunting and fishing.

And don’t even think about medical research aimed at curing diseases like cancer and Parkinson’s. PETA is on record as saying, “Even if animal tests produced a cure for AIDS, we’d be against it.”