|AR=NO use of animals including no pets!! AW=The responsible humane treatment of animals.
This is actually not how I understand the distinction between the two. Animal rights is the philosophy that non human animals are not ours to use for any reason. I guess that means you can't "own" pets, but it doesn't mean you can't share your life with a domesticated animal. Dogs and cats have been domesticated over thousands and thousands of years, to the point where they depend on human beings for food, shelter, and affection. Most animal rights activists recognize and respect this fact; it's not so much about ending the practice of sharing human life with non-human life but ending the practice of viewing non human animals as the property of human beings. Of course, the idea of purposefully breeding more non human animals just to serve a human being's desire to have a pet seems rather selfish from an animal rights perspective.
Animal welfare, on the other hand, is the philosophy that it's okay to use animals for any purpose as long as it's done humanely.
So it's not so much about the treatment of the animals; it's about the underlying principle - that it's either okay to use animals or it's not. I guess on this point, we disagree.
PETA humanely euthanizes animals because they believe - and I agree - that it's better for an animal to have a dignified death than a horrific existence or a life in a cage. I know that's what I would want for myself.
Yes, it's MY opinion that reptiles and exotic animals have no place being kept in cages and as pets. Isn't this forum for expressing opinions? That was one topic that was brought up, and I was merely responding to it.
Most exotics aren't adequately cared for, and then are either set "free" into environments that are totally unsuitable for them, causing them to die, or they wreck havoc on the environment themselves. Or, they die due to improper care.
I know you have the right own whatever pets you choose ... and what a pity that is. I see no reason why non human animals MUST continue to be viewed as property in the eyes of the law. People used to say the same thing about slaves. And women. And children. I guess it's a good thing that other people didn't necessarily listen.
(sidenote: I think PETA would probably be the authority on whether or not they, as an organization, are trying to eliminate pets such as cats and dogs, which is why I emailed them asking the question, and then posted the reply I received. Who would know better than the organization itself what exactly they are promoting? And, if they are truly advocating for the removal of all pets/companion animals, why lie about it? Seems a tad unreasonable to me ... but then ... well ... I guess i need to consider where I'm posting.)