Animal Rights Can't be Wrong -
As a general rule I'm not a particularly "political" person. Like most of you, I pay little passing attention to the legislation that our lawmakers crank out by the ton. Busy with everyday life - kids, animals, sports, 4-H, paying bills, celebrating life and death, those issues all take priority to what some distant lawmaker is dreaming up in a distant capital. But this complacent attitude has allowed a group of extremists to infiltrate our system and they are slowly city by city, state by state trying to take away our right to own animals.
Known as animal rights activists you are probably asking all the same questions I asked myself when they first popped up on the radar fifteen - twenty years ago. If they're for animals it must be a good thing, right? People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - must want to take care of animals right? Humane Society of the United States - I should support them because they love animals and are taking care of the strays, right?
Let me tell you what they are really working to achieve - in their own words:
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
"Humans have grown like a cancer. We're the biggest blight on the face of the earth." Ingrid Newkirk, PeTA's founder, president and former national director, Readers Digest, June 1990
"It's not about loving animals. It's about fighting injustice. My whole goal is for humans to have as little contact as possible with animals." Gary Yourofsky, founder of Animals Deserve Adequate Protection Today and Tomorrow (ADAPTT), now employed as PeTA's national lecturer
Humane Society of the United States
When asked if he envisioned a future without pets, “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.
"We are going to use the ballot box and the democratic process to stop all hunting in the United States ... We will take it species by species until all hunting is stopped in California. Then we will take it state by state. Wayne Pacelle, Senior VP Humane Society of the US (HSUS), formerly of Friends of Animals and Fund for Animals, Full Cry Magazine, October 1, 1990.
"We have no ethical obligation to preserve the different breeds of livestock produced through selective breeding. . One generation and out. We have no problem with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective breeding." Wayne Pacelle, Senior VP of Humane Society of the US, formerly of Friends of Animals and Fund for Animals, Animal People, May, 1993
Other Animal Activists
"If someone is killing, on a regular basis, thousands of animals, and if that person can only be stopped in one way by the use of violence, then it is certainly a morally justifiable solution." Jerry Vlasak, spokesman for Animal Defense League, Penn & Teller Bullsh*t, April 1, 2004
"In a perfect world, we would not keep animals for our benefit, including pets," Tom Regan, emeritus professor of philosophy at North Carolina State University and author of “Empty Cages” - speaking at University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, March 3, 2004
Why Do I Care?
Now your asking yourself - but how does this affect me? These people are just a bunch of radicals who will never convince the majority that not having my favorite pooch laying at my feet is a good thing. WRONG! These people are convincing our lawmakers to pass poorly written, restrictive laws in big cities and small towns across the country.
Why should you care if your town has a leash law, a limit on numbers of dogs, a breed ban or mandatory spay and neuter laws? Well I'm assuming that most of the people who are visiting this website are doing so because they are interested in a purebred Labrador. You have settled on a Labrador because the breed fits your lifestyle and family. You want a purebred because you want to know what your dog will grow up to look and act like. You are researching responsible breeders because you want a sound, healthy, trainable dog who will be a part of the family for the next 12 - 15 years.
These laws that they are passing may not directly limit the one or two dogs that you own - but they are going to limit and eventually (given the chance) going to be the end of purebred dogs. Sound extreme? I thought so too a few years ago. Now I am seriously alarmed that my grand children will never know what it is like to own a well bred Labrador. Check out the Future of Dogs - read it through twice and do some research on the laws that are passing all over the country. Then read it again.... I think it's a terrifying possibility that could all too easily come true.
How can you make a difference? Don't join in the rhetoric When the mandatory spay and neuter laws come knocking oppose them. Tell your city, county, and state leaders that there are already laws on the books that make animal cruelty a crime; that a dog who attacks a person should be put down - but the breed should not be penalized; that unbiased studies show that mandatory spay and neuter laws do nothing to lower the numbers in shelters across the country. Equally as important - do not support any animal rights organizations!
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