Unless you are rescuing animals directly from the breeders, I'd suggest that you are mostly dealing with an irresponsible OWNER situation. Not anyone's fault but your own that you only put yourself in a place to see the worst examples (if you do.) I know that I've seen breeders represented in dog sports, who would frequently be among the most responsible. And that the breeders I've encountered in rescue (IF I took the time to find out who they actually are and made them aware of the situation) were usually more than willing to step in and help their animals. Some are even willing to help animals who are not theirs. So dunno, either you live in a real hell hole or you are only looking for the worst, and can't make a fair extrapolation from that.As for breeders, I have have strong opinions about their practices because I have to rescue their products or see them killed in shelters. And, maybe you didn't read my posts very well, because I know tons of breeders. Just none I would consider ethical or responsible.
I know about animal rights people by what they write and distribute. I'm not sure how else to find out what they believe. I'm sure I could find an animal rights group in the area if I tried hard enough, but that seems like a lot of effort just to find out whether they believe the same things other AR people believe or not. And I'd rather not have my house torched or my cats killed just for the sake of intellectual exploration.
As to the ARs, it's interesting that you think they are basically okay folks, but you are worried about looking too closely for fear of retribution in the form of death or damage if you get too good a look at them. I'm pretty vocal, and they haven't killed me or mine yet. That's a knock wood situation, but I think it is too important to be a mushroom. Thing is, if you go by what you read from the AR movement for the most part you are reading not their innermost agenda or beliefs, but what they are willing to put out there to suck in people who may not be quite as crazy as they are. I'm sure when Jim Jones was trolling for followers, he didn't bring up the Koolaide option, even if he was already thinking about it.