In his letter to The Scientist (February 22, 1993, page 10), Martin L. Stephens, vice president of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), took exception to my lumping his organization in with other animal rights groups ("Animal Rights Activism: Enough is Enough," The Scientist, Nov. 23, 1992, page 12). However, Stephens's artful use of language does not alter the fact that HSUS is indeed part of the same animal rights movement as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). HSUS was converted from animal welfare to animal rights by a membership vote at the group's 1980 annual meeting.

Clarifying HSUS's moral values and goals is important because many educators are unaware of its animal rights stance and educational programs, which attempt to redefine human moral value systems. Educators need to examine HSUS's own moral value system and determine whether it is brainwashing...

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