Sunday, June 22, 2008
Just Say "No" To Mandatory Spay-Neuter Laws (And Some Facts About PETA)
The dog-hating zealots that parade as "humane" societies are at it again in seeking to have mandatory spay-neuter laws imposed in California. The utter crazies at PETA are the major proponents of such legislation. So how about some facts about PETA, an organization that also uses the word "ethical" in its name.
PETA KILLS 97% OF ANIMALS IN ITS SHELTERS IN 2006
State Average is under 35%
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "An official report from People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals ("PETA"), submitted nine months after a Virginia government agency's deadline, shows that the 'animal rights' group put to death more than 97 percent of the dogs, cats, and other pets it took in for adoption in 2006. During that year, the well-known 'animal rights' group managed to find adoptive homes for just 12 pets. The nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom ("CCF") is calling on PETA to either end its hypocritical angel-of-death program, or stop its senseless condemnation of Americans who believe it's perfectly ethical to use animals for food, clothing, and critical medical research.
"Not counting animals PETA held only temporarily in its spay-neuter program, the organization took in 3,061 'companion animals' in 2006, of which it killed 2,981. According to Virginia's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services ("VDACS"), the average euthanasia rate for humane societies in the state was just 34.7 percent in 2006. PETA killed 97.4 percent of the animals it took in. The organization filed its 2006 report this month, nine months after the VDACS deadline of March 31, 2007. 'Pet lovers should be outraged', said CCF Director of Research David Martosko. 'There are thousands of worthwhile animal shelters that deserve Americans' support. PETA is not one of them.' In courtroom testimony last year, a PETA manager acknowledged that her organization maintains a large walk-in freezer for storing dead animals, and that PETA contracts with a Virginia cremation service to dispose of the bodies. In that trial, two PETA employees were convicted of dumping dead animals in a rural North Carolina trash dumpster. Today in Southampton County, Virginia, another PETA employee will face felony charges in a dog-napping case. Andrea Florence Benoit Harris was arrested in late 2006 for allegedly abducting a hunting dog and attempting to transport it to PETA's Norfolk headquarters. 'PETA raised over $30 million last year', Martosko added, 'and it's using that money to kill the only flesh-and-blood animals its employees actually see. The scale of PETA's hypocrisy is simply staggering.' To speak with a spokesman contact Tim Miller at 202-463-7112. For more information about PETA's massive euthanasia [murder] program, visit http://www.petakillsanimals.com/.Center for Consumer Freedom."
This is yet another example of humans having the audacity to decide what is best not simply for abandoned pets, but for the owners of all pets. What gets lost in this debate is the irony that human overpopulation presents exponentially far more dangers to the world than any perceived over-pupulation. (Isn't American waging a war as we speak?) Yet again, many of these anything-but-humane organizations attempt to justify the barbarism inherent in mandatory spay-neuter laws on the grounds that "it's just a dog". (Hey, parents, soon they'll be saying that about your kids.) Thus, a reprise is in order:
Just a Dog
(Richard A. Biby)
"From time to time, people tell me, 'lighten up, it's just a dog', or, 'that's a lot of money for just a dog.' They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for 'just a dog.'
"Some of my proudest moments have come about with 'just a dog.' Many hours have passed and my only company was 'just a dog', but I did not once feel slighted.
Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by 'just a dog', and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of 'just a dog' gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.
"If you, too, think it's 'just a dog', then you will probably understand phrases like 'just a friend', 'just a sunrise', or 'just a promise'. 'Just a dog' brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. 'Just a dog' brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person.
"Because of 'just a dog', I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future. So for me and folks like me, it's not 'just a dog' but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.
"'Just a dog' brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.
"I hope that someday they can understand that it's not 'just a dog' but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being 'just a human.'
"So the next time you hear the phrase 'just a dog', just smile, because they 'just don't understand.'"
They do, however, understand war, torture, poverty, devastation of the environment, dependence on oil soley for profit, the death penalty, and so much other hyprocricy that not enough bandwith exists simply to summarize it all. And they want the power to tell me that I must castrate my dogs? Big Brother and PETA in the same camp. Life does indeed present us with strange bedfellows. I suppose they're "just human" after all.