I was so glad to read that the News recommended a “no” vote on Amendment 10 (Oct. 17 editorial “Amendment 10: No The treatment of pregnant pigs isn’t subject for ensconcing in Constitution”). 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 a national animal rights group called Farm Sanctuary, the campaign’s biggest donor, stands charged with 210 counts of breaking Florida election finance laws. It seems Farm Sanctuary illegally acted as the campaign’s cashier, accepting donations from Americans in all 50 states on behalf of the campaign’s PAC. 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 saying, “Even if animal tests produced a cure for AIDS, we’d be against it.”