The Emerging Counterforce: Animal Interest Groups, Scientists, and Consumers React
Food animal producers, research workers, scientists, and animal industries have reacted to the animal rights movement. Through educational efforts with their members and to the general public through the media, they are challenging and attempting to discredit the animal rights doctrines and beliefs.
T hose who produce, use, and enjoy animals have awakened to the potential consequences of a successful animal rights crusade. The opposition to animal rights activism has emerged in diverse and varied degrees of effectiveness. Most animal interest groups direct their anti -- animal rights efforts toward their members and the general public. They often emphasize their strong support for humane treatment of animals, lending credibility to the animal welfare advocates, but, at the same time, make every effort to discredit the animal rights activists.
Albert Barber, chairman of the National Association for Biomedical Research, believes that scientists have been moved to act when alerted to the real dangers of what they see as an anti-intellectual force and its acceptance by the general public.
The Farm Animal Welfare Coalition (FAWC), formed in 1981, is an ad hoc, informal group of forty-five major farm animal associations to solidify opposition to, and promote education against, animal rights activism (and should not be confused with the Farm Animal Welfare Council in the UK, which uses the same acronym). The coalition meets every three months to share information and decide on courses of action by individual organizations.