Tim Harrison has been caught lying. PETA and the HSUS have been caught lying. They perform their vocations or avocations in a manner that is threatening, dishonest, destructive, and sometimes illegal. They act as accusers, which may be the most important part of this.
The burden of proof is on the accuser. In any reasonable interpretation of legal tradition or social custom, the burden of proof is on the accuser. What has happened to our minds so that when someone pulls something out of his ass to accuse someone else of, the person who is accused has to prove his innocence? All that the accuser has to have is a slightly higher status than the person who he accuses, and a certain lack of good conscience. This is something that Carole Baskin can do with great ease, routinely, and that Zuzana Kokol couldn't do with a gun to her head and a million dollar bribe.
We have to understand that this kind of enemy is a liar. There is no "this time I'm telling the truth" with known liars such as PETA or the HSUS. It's all lies. When they make a business of lying they don't get to turn our heads with a new video or photograph or "evidence." We have to watch out for the way that every time they pull something out of thin air, people pay attention. And if it is a video where someone like them has total control of the subject matter and editing, don't believe a damn thing. If we keep believing them they will keep manipulating us. The stakes are a lot higher than whether someone might have a little too much shit in a lion's pen.
Some people might think I'm making too much of this but this is almost all of our meaningful defense. It is also how we will be able to keep from damaging each other or allowing damage. Right now it's real easy to get one owner to hate another. I've spent years cajoling one group of animal owners to get them to reach the understanding that we can't believe accusations that are being hurled at breeders by mortal enemies. I have also been looking for the understanding of the idea that we do not need to create weapons against other humans to force them to "straighten out" or whatever we want to call it. I am glad to see that at least one group is getting it.
I understand very well that when a group is under attack this kind of thing happens, and when it happens, the group fragments and we have problems. We have to solve these problems instead of hacking each other up using rules that are imposed on us by people who hate us and want us dead.