A good number of charites registered with the Charities Commision are determined to get their grievances with law-makers into the public spotlight. They do so by investing considerable financial resources they have obtained from donors and/or government sponsorship etc, into provocative campaigns seeking public support for their ”political advocacy” crusades – all aimed at trying to get the law changed and/or upheld to serve those they claim to advocate on behalf of.
United Future leader, the Hon. Peter Dunne, has today in a Dominion Post report, pointed to “a whole suite of agenda items”, promoted by allegedly “seriously extreme and nutty” campaigners, that in his view constitute ”a real moral jihad”. He has highlighted two of his former party members as “extreme” jihadists possessing “little tolerance” in their alleged “fanaticism over smacking” laws, opposition to the reform of prostitution laws and desire to tighten the abortion laws.
Of course Family First NZ, a well-respected registered charity with the Charities Commission, has taken up with alacrity the cudgels in defence of these charitable conservative agenda items, since the demise of the two colleagues Dunne so vigorously lambasts. It has added its concerns over promiscuity and gay marriage to its suite of media releases – both subjects that politicians, including the Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. John Key. have called for public debate on.
One delightful example of ‘moral jihad’ Dunne appears to have overlooked is SAFE’s “Freedom For Pigs Campaign – For the Love of Pigs…” supported by former Green MP Sue Kedgley and her colleagues:
SAFE (Save Animals from Exploitation) is a registered “animal rights” charity, one of a number of charities determined to get changes made to the Animal Welfare Act in order to try and “save” crated pigs and battery hens and a even a veteran circus elephant “Jumbo” from cruelty, slavery and exploitation by humankind.
Safe members are regularly urged to engage in forms of “political advocacy”. For example, the lovepigs.org website states:
” LOBBY YOUR MP …… The key to improving animal welfare legislation lies in convincing politicians to support the campaign. By sending the Lobbying for Lucy e-card to your local MP you are helping to get pigs on the political agenda. Email your completed e-card to your local MP asking him or her to support calls for the legislation to protect pigs from cruelty.
“Why not visit your MP and ask them what they can do to help pigs. Talking to an MP does take courage but it is extremely important. Don’t be shy, give it a go. SAFE can provide further information for you or the MP if required.”
This ‘moral jihad’ for “animal rights” (geese and ducks) is currently being fought on the streets of Wellington outside Le Canard restaurant, by SAFE protestors - none of whom could possibly be accused of being “seriously extreme and nutty” or exhibiting any whisper of intolerance. FAR from it!
Pragmatic political advocacy on behalf of poultry and piggies is a ‘Dunne deal’ worthy of any new age charity- sponsored New Order political aspirants.
SAFE continues to publicly bemoan the refusal of the National Party to support the failed Animal Welfare Amendment Bill, that, if it had been passed, would have issued in the salvation of persecuted piggies and poultry. Remonstations against such evils by SAFE ”animal rights” activists has fuelled a deluge of donations of several million dollars into this sector of the charity industry. It has helped convert many meat lovers into vegetarians who have set up more registered charities promoting vege foods untainted by exploitation of animals and the responsible treatment of our fellow non-human life forms.
Dunne attacks Conservatives as ‘moral jihad’ extremists.
The Dominion Post. Thursday, May 12, 2012. P. A.2.