Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Poll Results: Who Do You Agree WIth

Like most of you, I love dogs and it causes me great pain to think that they are mistreated, abused and abandoned. I believe that most people feel the same way and that this is why they donate money to Animal Rights groups like PeTA and Humane Society of the US.

I would like to preface this key by pointing out two things.

Mandatory Spay and Neuter Laws don’t work. They drive people who can’t afford to have their dogs spayed or neutered into hiding. What does work is programs to reduce the cost of spaying and neutering so that people can afford it. An example of this is Connecticut where they are now importing dogs and cats into the shelters from other states and even Puerto Rico.

The money that people give to HSUS and PeTA does not go to help the animals. Yes, they do some high profile raids but after the publicity dies down they are gone and the problem still remains. An example of this is the “puppy mill” in Virginia where HSUS spent 6 months undercover. The only violation that the kennel has been charged with is having more dogs than they had a license. HSUS went in and reported it, garnered the publicity for their own political purposes and left. The remaining 500 dogs are still there, in the same condition and the kennel is still selling puppies. HSUS NEVER reported the kennel to USDA who would have inspected the conditions that the animals were being kept in and would have held the kennel to the 62 pages of requirements for animal care. To my knowledge, this has still not been done.

If you want to help homeless dogs and cats, find your local animal shelter or breed rescue and donate funds, towel, newspapers, etc. They desperately need your help and they are not supported by either HSUS or PeTA who use your money to further their goals of eliminating pet ownership.

  1. "Pet ownership is an absolutely abysmal situation brought
    about by human manipulation."
    Ingrid Newkirk, national director,
    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
    (PeTA), Just Like Us?
    Toward a Nation of Animal Rights" (symposium), Harper's, August 1988, p. 50.

  2. "I don’t have a hands-on fondness for animals... To this day I don’t feel bonded to any non-human animal. I like them and I pet them and I’m kind to them, but there’s no special bond between me and other animals." -- Wayne Pacelle quoted in Bloodties: Nature, Culture and the Hunt by Ted Kerasote, 1993, p. 251. (Wayne Pacelle is the current President of Humane Society of the United States)

  3. "If I had my personal view, perhaps that might take hold. In fact, I don’t want to see another dog or cat born." Wayne Pacelle quoted in Bloodties: Nature, Culture and the Hunt by Ted Kerasote, 1993, p. 266. (Wayne Pacelle is the current President of Humane Society of the United States)

  4. "We are not especially 'interested in' animals. Neither of us had ever been inordinately fond of dogs, cats, or horses in the way that many people are. We didn't 'love' animals” Peter Singer, Animal Liberation: A New Ethic for Our Treatment of Animals, 2nd ed. (New York Review of Books, 1990),Preface, p. ii

  5. "The cat, like the dog, must disappear... We should cut the domestic cat free from our dominance by neutering, neutering, and more neutering, until our pathetic version of the cat ceases to exist." --John Bryant, Fettered Kingdoms: An Examination of A Changing Ethic (Washington, DC: People for theEthical Treatment of Animals (PeTA), 1982), p. 15.

  6. "[A]s the surplus of cats and dogs {artificially engineered by centuries of forced breeding) declined, eventually companion animals would be phased out, and we would return to a more symbiotic relationship--enjoyment at a distance." --Ingrid Newkirk, PeTA"Just LikeUs? Toward a Notion of Animal Rights" (symposium), Harper's, August 1988, p. 50.

  7. “I believe that every animal should be well cared for. No animal should be mistreated, abused, abandoned or neglected. It breaks my heart to think that there are dogs who are unwanted and alone.” Me… Country Groomer, Feb 2008
Poll Results: All votes were for #7

If you would like more information on the differences in Animal Welfare and Animal Rights, please see the following website which although somewhat dated gives an excellent view of the dfferences. Animal Rights vs. Animal Welfare

I believe that HSUS and PeTA could make a significant difference in the lives of thousands of pets and animals but as long as they are led by these extremists whose sole purpose is to further their own political and personal agendas, this will not happen. Help to bring them back to mainstream beliefs by NOT donating to them until they are headed by people who love animals and want to see them taken care of. Loss of income is the only thing that will bring them back to helping take care of the animals instead of their goals of eliminating them.

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