I know that Steve Best has developed an adversarial relationship with Gary Francione, and - for the sake of full disclosure - Francione has had a huge influence on my thinking and position on animal rights. I'm going to take a Charlie Brown/Caspar Milquetoast approach here and say that I hope these two remarkable figures can get their disagreements worked out. As a historian, I am painfully aware that throughout history, sectarianism has been the undoing of pretty much all social movements. Sectarianism and government repression have gone hand in hand to undermine many a promising struggle for social change. The animal rights movement certainly doesn't need that. No movement does.
That aside, have a look at the profile of Steve Best at the El Paso Times. It's a fascinating portrait of a man not afraid to speak his mind. You can't deny that this is a man who possesses guts, a great mind and an unwavering commitment.