For animal rights activists, throwing a pie at a business leader while he is serving the state in a voluntary capacity is a minor piece of mischief, calculated to make headlines and to cause pTC embarrassment. No doubt Frank Perdue, the target of a pie tossed at a University of Maryland Board of Regents meeting Friday, found the incident messy and inconvenient. For the rest of us, the incident was an example of activists who don't bother to distinguish between silly and serious.
We have our problems with the animal rights agenda since we believe the life of a human being carries more inherent value than that of a chicken or a pig or a dog. We also believe that vegetarianism, a cardinal tenet of many animal rights groups, should not be forced on people. But if pie-tossing is the way these activists choose to get their message across, we see no need to worry that their views will be taken seriously by the wider public, much less by the Board of Regents.