EDUCATE THE PUBLIC
Join Together to Defeat Animal Activists
I do not
understand why dog food companies, registries, animal media and
animal supply vendors have not joined together to inform the public
about HSUS/PETA and the radical Animal Rights (AR) goals of zero pet
and domestic animal ownership.
December 2009 -
Nationwide billboards displaying HSUS and PETA quotes along with a
credible web site link for more real information could stop millions
of dollars in donations. The trusting public funds these groups,
believing they are helping “abused animals.” A Public Awareness
Campaign would also cause voters to request their legislator oppose
all Animal Activist/Animal Rights bills.
AR groups such as HSUS (Humane Society of the United States), PETA
(People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), and ASPCA (American
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) were responsible
for more than 180 bills nationwide in 2009, all of which contribute
to the end of pet ownership for everyone.
The animal rights groups cleverly hide their goals, hoping
legislators won’t really read the bills and realize the
consequences. HSUS names bills to tug at peoples’ hearts, with such
titles as “Puppy Mill Bill, Vicious Dog Bill, and Dog Fighting
Bill.” But most legislators and the general public are not aware
that passing any of these deceptively named bills helps the Animal
Rights Activists’ goals.
First of all, HSUS operates no animal shelters and has no
affiliation with the government. Wayne Pacelle, president of HSUS
and former director of Fund for Animals states, “One generation
and out. We have no problems with the extinction of domestic
animals. They are creations of human selective breeding.”
Pacelle has stated on the HSUS web site that his goal is to
eliminate all meat, fish, poultry and dairy from American menus.
HSUS continues proposing legislation to strangle farmers and
livestock owners with costly requirements and restrictions for
producing our food.
Ingrid Newkirk, national director of PETA states, “For one thing
we would no longer allow breeding. People could not create different
breeds. If people had companion animals in their homes, these
animals would have to be refugees from the animal shelter and the
streets . . . But as the surplus of cats and dogs declined,
eventually companion animals would be phased out and we would return
to a more symbiotic relationship – enjoyment at a distance.”
I went to Austin on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 for “Lobby Day” to
support the Texas Responsible Pet Ownership Alliance group (RPOA),
an Animal Welfare organization formed to combat the barrage of
proposed AR legislation.
I trudged through countless halls in the capitol to legislators’
offices to inform them of the AR situation that threatens Texas and
our nation. While visiting with office personnel I learned that most
people, especially the general public, have no idea about the real
Animal Right agenda that threatens their rights to own animals or
pets of any kind.
David Frei, Director of Communications for Westminster Kennel Club
of New York, came to the Texas Lobby Day meeting accompanied by the
2008 Westminster Best in Show Beagle, “Uno”. Frei told about
successfully combating the AR efforts in King County, Wash. David
Frei spoke to a packed room of Animal Welfare supporters preparing
to visit the offices of legislators in Austin to request opposition
to Animal Rights bills that would result in the extinction of all
More than 130 RPOA supporters showed up for Lobby Day. We “covered
the Capitol” with information that is so critical to help save our
domestic animals from extinction.
Every state has a web site containing contact information for
legislators. Phone calls, FAXES and personal visits are most
effective, but emails should also be utilized.
These Animal Rights bills must be killed. People need to know the
difference between Animal Rights and Animal Welfare.
The economic situation affects pet owners and animal shelters alike
as people turn in animals they can no longer afford to keep. When AR
raids are enacted, animals are dispersed to shelters and rescues
already strapped financially. This results in the deaths of dogs and
cats often taken illegally in raids from owners who are told they
must pay huge maintenance fees (they cannot raise) in advance
of a future court date. Most owners can’t afford it and thus are
forced into relinquishing ownership to the animal rights activists.
It is a no-win situation for all but the animal rights groups. The
AR raids resemble a “hit and run” situation against shelters and
rescues already saddled with the expenses of dealing with seized
A Kentucky Judge ruled Oct. 2, 2009 for the plaintiff, The
Louisville Kennel Club, finding it is unconstitutional to deprive
pet owners of their property rights without a finding of guilty.
This ruling makes HSUS/PETA/ASPCA and other Animal Rights groups
liable for all care and feeding of animals seized in raids until
owners are found guilty. Animals could not be sterilized, sold or
euthanized unless the owner is found guilty. Owners cannot be
required to pay in advance of a court ruling for any expenses
incurred as the result of a seizure. This effectively demonstrates
that pets are property and at least in KY defeats the AR groups
pushing for animals to be considered under “guardianship” guidelines
so that their radical members can control all animal activities.
The public must be educated and informed. Potential donors must
realize that Animal Rights groups use false, exaggerated and
unsubstantiated allegations of animal abuse to raise funds and
attract media attention, bringing supporters' funds that feed their
mission goals through well publicized, mostly illegal raids and
seizures. I'd like to see registries automatically donating a few
cents (5 cents) to a billboard/radio/television fund from each
registration processed. And dog food companies should do the same -
they could use this in their ads to let customers know that pet
ownership is under attack by donating to "save pet ownership."
Animal Rights has nothing to do with animal welfare.