Why Does HSUS Promote This Rape Apologist and Bestiality Defender?

Over the weekend, The New York Times suffered backlash and reports of canceled subscriptions after publishing an op-ed by Bret Stephens, a conservative “never Trumper,” who questioned elements of the orthodoxy on climate change.

What’s odd is that the rage on display this weekend was nowhere to be seen a couple of weeks ago when the same page ran an op-ed co-signed by Peter Singer, recently keynote speaker at the Humane Society of the United States’ (HSUS) “Future of Food” conference and author of the manifesto Animal Liberation, that defended bestiality and the actions of convicted rapist Anna Stubblefield.

Stubblefield was working with a 30-year-old man with severe physical and mental disabilities in an attempt to help him communicate. She claims that he began communicating with her at a high level, that they fell in love, and then they began to consummate their relationship. His family claimed that was impossible and the state brought a case against Stubblefield that resulted in her being sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Singer argues that if one accepts the prosecution’s premise that the victim is “profoundly cognitively impaired,” then he would be incapable of understanding the ramifications of sex. Singer goes on to make the claim that, since the victim probably didn’t fight, then it is likely that “the experience was pleasurable to him.” So, then, what harm or wrong has occurred?

This argument echoes his case for the legality of bestiality from 2001, which can be distilled to the idea that if an animal is not physically harmed and does not resist, then the action should be legally permissible. It should be noted that these same justifications are often used by rapists and their apologists in cases where a victim is intoxicated.

As if this wasn’t bad enough, Singer has argued that “killing a disabled infant is not morally equivalent to killing a person. Very often it is not wrong at all.”

HSUS bills itself as a “mainstream” group that speaks for many Americans. Yet its own leadership provides a platform for Singer and lavishes him with effusive praise such as “few have done as much good as” Singer. With Singer as their guiding light, it’s just another example of how extreme the leadership of HSUS is.

Posted on 05/02/2017 at 3:54 pm by HumaneWatch Team.

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  • Karen Batchelor

    What!? Is there, by chance, any footage of these claims?

    • Carol

      Possibly you could find the footage on youtube, but there are many articles written about Peter Singer’s extreme views. Here is one…. https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6479

      • Karen Batchelor

        I got to this statement:

        “A normal newborn baby has no sense of the future,” Singer writes, “and therefore is not a person.”

        …and realised the guy is barking mad. Thanks Carol.

  • Eva

    I have read Singer and have eagerly listened to his sane comments, interviews, logic, etc. I have praised his words, thoughts and argument as any sane humane being would that defend the rights of non-humans. I am completely shocked at what has been written or said by him in this article. I am appalled that a kind human like him would come to such horrenduous conclusions. If these are now his distorted views, then he should simply QUIT speaking at this time in his life. With many humans, age often distorts the mind, thus thinking is no longer clear or understandable in any capacity. I am ashamed of him and will no longer look towards further referral to his demented kind of thought. This reference to Beastiality is simply SICK……………


  • Eva

    Logic has gone out the window with Mr. Singer. Karen is very correct that many of his views are extremely distorted. She is right on every comment she makes about how people treat an animal, a dog, etc. Difficult to get in touch with her in order to speak to her so I can thank her on informing me of the kind of strange kind of thinking an ethicist such as Singer has said. “thank you for this information, Karen”, We need people to stand up to others that think suffering is right and an accepted reality……………………..