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The Hoax of the Animal Radicals Movement
Dr. Al Grossman
The ringing sound of the old fashioned cash register meant a sale had
been made and that money was now in the till. Money, Money the
mother's milk of politics as described by Jesse Unruh, a former
speaker of the California Assembly when running for election against
Let's face it, the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) through their
very professional fund raising campaigns has raised millions of dollars
through misleading advertising and an appeal to save the poor darling
Puppies, Seals etc. Would it come as a surprise to you that most of the
money collected never found its way to help anyone but the
administrators of the fund raising companies and the top brass of HSUS.
HSUS is listed near the very bottom of charitable organizations that
deliver monies to the actual recipients in need.
It appears that HSUS main thrust at the present time is to work hand in
glove with PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) to
introduce legislation at the National, City, County, and State levels to
destroy both the livestock industry and the breeding of Pure Bred Dog
and Cats. According to a profile in a 2003 New Yorker magazine Ingrid
Newkirk, the president of PETA, by her own claims, wants to destroy all
pets. She claims to be responsible for euthanizing thousands of pets
brought to a shelter where she worked in Washington, D.C. She explained, "I would go to work early, before anyone got there, and I would just
kill the animals myself. I must have killed a thousand of them,
sometimes dozens every day." They weren't even given a chance to be
adopted. She took them out because she felt she could give them what she
felt they deserved. This is a woman now in a position to influence the
lives of thousands of pets and who leads a horde of vengeance minded
brain washed bleeding heart converts. She is interviewed on radio and
television as though she is the avenging angel rather than a demented
If this were a nurse killing off her patients because she thought it was
for their own good, she would be serving a life sentence for murder. The
State of Virginia is so disgusted with Newkirk and her organization and
their killing of dogs and cats that they have introduced legislation to
declare PETA a slaughterhouse. Debra J. Saunders writing in the San
Francisco Chronicle on June 23rd, 2005 tells us not to be fooled by the
slick propaganda of PETA. The organization may claim to be champion the
welfare of animals, as the many photos of cute puppies and kittens on
its web site suggest.
But recently two PETA employees were charged with 31 felony counts of
animal cruelty, each after authorities found them dumping the dead
bodies of 18 animals they had just picked up from a North Carolina
Animal Shelter into a dumpster. According to the Associated Press 13
more dead animals were found in a van registered to PETA
The rise of HSUS and PETA has coincided with the economic boom. It
allowed them to collect obscene amounts of money thus fulfilling the
fantasies of Newkirk and Wayne Pacellle president of HSUS. Their
thoughts must have been: "If we can collect all this money we must be on
the right track so we can do what we want". The Center for Consumer
Freedom, which represents the food industry, a frequent target of PETA
campaigns, released data filed by PETA with the state of Virginia that
shows PETA has killed more than 10,000 animals form 1998-2003. "In 2003,
PETA euthanized over 85% of the animals it took in.," said a press
release from the lobby, "finding adoptive homes for just 14%. By
comparison the Norfolk (Va) SPCA found adoptive homes for 73% of its
animals and Virginia Beach SPCA adopted out 66 percent."
Like other demagogies in our history like Father Coughlin, The Kingfish
Huey Long in Louisiana, the John Birch Society, etc., they have had
their day in the sun.
Their biggest asset is the need for government entities to generate
monies to balance their budgets. HSUS/PETA present them with the
opportunity to raise money from the backs of dog and cat owners by
onerous legislation designed by HSUS to rid the nation of all pets and
convert us to being vegetarians as well. Legislators seeing $$ signs go
along with HSUS lobbyists and think that this action will get them
reelected. Far from it. The legislator in California who introduced and
promoted AB 1634 for its passage was soundly defeated in his next
election. The animal radical fanatics appeal to legislators is that they
purport to be able to rally a large voting bloc. If they don't go along
it's implied that the voting bloc can be turned against them. However, a
poll taken by the Los Angeles Times indicated that over 80% of the
people polled were solidly against the thrust of the anti dog/cat
legislation, which mandated spaying and neutering their pets. These poll
results has been replicated elsewhere. In May 2009 the American
Veterinary Medical Association also came out against the mandatory
spay/neuter programs promoted by HSUS/PETA insisting that if it were to
be done it should be done by private owners at their request.
States and localities which earlier has passed such severe anti dog/cat
legislation and which significantly raised the fees for owning such
animals found that their costs for running such programs swelled far
above the revenues produced and they were in the red. People rebelled by
not licensing their dogs at the exorbitant fees spelled out in the
legislation. Somehow word had not spread to the august bodies approving
such legislation that their constituents were downsized, laid off, or
forced into bankruptcy by the current economic situation. Talk about
squeezing blood from a turnip.
Adding insult to injury the Animal Control officers have taken it upon
themselves to use their newfound authority supposedly granted to them
under legislation to harass and threaten people to seize their dogs or
jail them if they did not comply. Somehow either the legislative bodies
or their agents are not aware of the United States Constitution which,
under the Fourth Amendment, "provides the right of people to be secure
in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable
searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall
issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and
particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or
things to be seized." The Fifth Amendment reads in part "nor shall any
person be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process
off law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without
Many of the raids upon unsuspecting owners and breeders seem to have
HSUS members in attendance. They have no business directing the Animal
Control officers in their duties. Many of the dogs seized are then sold
with no recompense to the owner.
Increasingly the agricultural industry, hunting enthusiasts and the
dog/cat breeders have fought back against the onslaught of PETA and
USHS. In many instances they have turned back legislation and in some
cases competent counsel has been hired to fight such onerous legislation
such as that passed by the city of Louisville. The National Animal
Interest Alliance (NAIA), a seventeen-year-old non-profit organization
along with the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the ASPCA and a host of
other organizations has led the fight against the Animal Radicals.
HSUS and PETA are not friends to pet owners, breeders or pet business of
any kind, nor to reptile or bird owners, hunters, fisherman, pet stores,
pet retail sellers, ANYONE in the pet trade regardless of what you are
selling. The HSUS would like to stop the pet trade in its entirety
because the HSUS doesn¹t believe animals should be owned much less
used as a food product according to PetDefenseWordpress.com.
An important consequence of the current recession is that people are no
longer contributing to charities and the likes of HSUS/PETA at the rate
they did prior to the downturn in the economy. We see report after
report that the giving well has dried up. Even churches have suffered.
People no longer have disposable income to give to the likes of
HSUS/PETA. These organizations now need to re-evaluate their priorities.
Can they afford to have as many lobbyists to help forward their
legislative agendas? Can they afford to spend monies on costly
solicitation campaigns that are bringing less and less money? Can they
continue to afford costly newspaper ads in newspapers that have fewer
subscribers and are in danger of going out of business themselves?
The Animal Radical stalwarts might also want to beware of what they
wish for. The last times such activism won the day was when they banned
alcohol consumption and the teaching of evolution. Those triumphs all
turned out to be Pyrrhic. There are some successes that are simply not
survivable. If by any combination of luck and coincidence HSUS/PETA
succeeded in criminalizing the raising of dogs and cattle it would
swiftly become the victim of backlash that would make it rue the day.
This would apply with redoubled force to any imitative that would make
the United States trade its hard-won scientific prowess in favor of
animal radical fanatics.
Christopher Hitchens writing in the April 6th issue of Newsweek believes
that this country is so constituted that no one group and certainly no
one confessional group is able to dictate its own standards to the
others. He states, "Sometimes he wishes they would get their own way,
just so that they would find out what would happen to them."
HSUS/PETA are a danger to our way of life and a threat to the economic
future of agriculture in this country. They are hell bent on eliminating
raising dogs and cats for pets and want to convert all of us from meat
eaters to vegetarians. Lord, I hate Broccoli, Spinach and Carrots.