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 Ronald Regan.
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
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 Pacelle 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 have 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 of law; nor shall private
property be taken for public use, without just compensation ".
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 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
doesn't believe animals should be owned much less used as a food product
according to Pet DefenseWordpress.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 reevaluate 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
The Animal Radical stalwarts might also want to be aware 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.
Tue, January 10, 2012
by Matt Kremzar