Rat = Pig = Dog = Boy

by John J. Miller on January 19, 2010

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My latest NRO podcast is with Wesley J. Smith, the prolific author of books and articles on bioethics. His new release, published today, is A Rat Is a Pig Is a Dog Is a Boy: The Human Cost of the Animal Rights Movement. The title comes from Ingrid Newkirk, the president and co-founder of PETA. She really does seem to believe that rats and boys are moral equals.

Several years ago, I noticed that the best-selling author Dean Koontz had dedicated one of his novels to Smith and his wife, Debra J. Saunders, the right-of-center newspaper columnist: “good friends, who always brighten the corner where they are,” says the inscription to The Husband. The dedication was both surprising and pleasing. It was one of the motivating factors behind my decision to write a profile of Koontz for National Review. I quote Smith in the profile, and we discuss Koontz in the new podcast as well.

One of the topics in Smith’s book is animal-rights terrorism, a movement that Smith believes “is growing stronger.” A few years ago, I wrote an article on the problem for NR.

Finally, a year ago, when I compiled NR‘s list of the best conservative movies of the last 25 years, Smith wrote the capsule review of Gattaca, which ranked #20.

Next week’s podcast: Lars Anderson, author of The First Star, a biography of Red Grange, pro football’s first superstar.


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