The mayor's spokesman, Joe Ramallo, argued that Villaraigosa did not cave in to animal-rights extremists, but instead that Villaraigosa tried to work with Stuckey but "this guy was not up to the job." (Los Angeles Daily News writer Rick Orlov reported that Stuckey had no animal experience when he took the job and "he didn't even have a pet.") With Villaraigosa's support of the criminal charges, Ramallo added, his boss is "doing something that upsets both sides."
Sorry, but I have to agree with David Martosko of the Center for Consumer Freedom, who observed that when you give in to terrorists, "you're just asking for more trouble." The mayor's spokesman told me that Villaraigosa will stand by Stuckey's replacement, Ed Boks, if the rat-huggers attack him.
Except Boks speaks their weird language. As the Los Angeles Times reported, Boks said of the extremists' aggression: "Usually it erupts into what you call radicalism when people feel they haven't been listened to."
What you call radicalism? Try: threatening families, scaring children and destroying other people's property. Not listened to? ADL spokesman Jerry Vlasak recently appeared before the Senate and on "60 Minutes" justifying the murder of medical researchers who use lab animals.
When radicals of any stripe -- anti-abortion, anti-trade or anti-shelter -- get what they want after resorting to harassment and intimidation, know that other extremists are paying attention. That's why you don't reward them. Ever.