This article is meant as an informative tool. It is very biased and full of my personal opinions and I certainly hope
to convince you to agree, but you make up your own mind.  In blue are links sharing other opinions as well as
Hard Fact, so you can see I'm not the only one who is frightened by these people.


Animal Welfare
is a
Good Thing!

Animal Rights, No No No

I have loved animals all my life.

When I was younger, I got sucked into the propaganda put
out by HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) and to
my abiding horror I actually sent them money a time or two
many years ago... Now I know better.


Some outside links:

If you have pets in your life that make you smile and bring you joy, if you enjoy watching a child walking their dog down the street or an old man cuddling his kitty, if you get misty over Pets on Wheels and companion animals so incredibly trained to help the blind, the halt, the unfortunate -- then you are also an animal lover.

If you think these pets and companion animals should be treated humanely, given proper shelter, well fed, properly vetted, provided affection, exercise and attention --
then you are an Animal Welfare advocate. 
If you want to donate your money to further this worthy cause, contact local no-kill rescue groups or your locally run animal shelters - that money will go to the care of the animals.

The two leading AR (Animals Rights) groups operating today
are PETA (people for the ethical treatment of animals) and
the aforementioned HSUS.  They have a LOT of  money and
 they spend it all to further their agenda, which is to
end all human/animal interaction.

No Pets
yep, that's their goal...

All the donations they solicit, and boy do they solicit, are put into legislative efforts to end companion animals, propaganda, and even terrorist acts.  They do not run shelters, supply funds to support rescue or spay and neuter programs or aid animals in any way. 

None of their Billions goes into food, shelter or veterinary service.

Do not confuse your local Humane Society with HSUS!  The Humane Societies around
the country (usually county run) are actual shelters and care for and adopt out animals.  Mostly they are kill shelters with little space for limited housing of strays that are picked
up, but their efforts are directly for the animals.  HSUS appropriated the base name when
they formed and have done little to disabuse the public of the confusion.  They send out
their pleas with pictures of puppies and kittens, some in cages, some in laboratories,
kinda puts you in mind of the starving children in Africa with those big big eyes.
They use terms like "animal advocacy" and tug at your heart-strings.

They use the money you donate for aggressive lobbying
to take away your right to own a pet.

There are other smaller groups who follow the lead of these two, so check out any
group before you volunteer of your time or money.  There are even rescue groups,
that do take in and physically care for homeless animals, that support PETA. 
I really don't understand this. Anyone who loves pets should fight the so-called
Animal Rights movement, if only for the future option of having a furry companion
to cuddle, for your children to have that option.


Years ago Baltimore City was trying to pass a new animal control law.  The proposal started with the goal of stronger control over aggressive dogs and fighting dogs (which were already illegal, btw) In a matter of weeks the Bill blossomed into a full blown mandatory spay/neuter and microchip requirement for every pet in the city.  CFA's (Cat Fancier's Association) legislative group got involved and I became part of the liaison team and met with the city council several times during heated discussion/brain storming sessions.  The Animal Control folks have an incredibly difficult job and mostly agree that more legislation is not going to help -- they find it almost impossible to enforce the laws already in place for basic licensing and aggressive dogs.  We cited time and again how such extreme legislation has failed in cities throughout the country.  The only diagram of success is continuing education and offering low-cost spay/neuter and rabies vaccines to the general public.  Cities that have adopted this strategy have significantly reduced the number of animals in their shelters consistently, while the more harsh legislations adopted in other cities saw shelter inhabitant numbers soar as law-abiding people simply abandoned the pets they couldn't afford to spay/neuter, microchip and license. 
The folks who choose to breed and raise fighting dogs and aggressive dogs simply do so under the radar - they don't pay any attention to the law in the first place, why would harsher penalties deter them? 

No Kill Houston
Excellent site that explains why No Kill is better for pets than Licensing

Nathan Winograd, on Licensing
Position Statement from 1995, but points are still valid

CFA and AKC constantly monitor proposed legislation throughout the country, as animal enthusiasts we want to keep our hobby alive.  AR wants to shut us down, and they monitor this legislation just as closely, but with a lot more money at their disposal for lobbyists.  They use the hot topics of puppy mills and kitten mills and fighting dogs to bring the innocent pet-loving public over to their side.  These poor dupes (and yes, I was one of them!) never realize their money is going into a long-term effort to make it illegal for them to even own a pet.

These AR extremists are insidious and smart.  Some of their more publicized goals sound okay, and those are the ones they push the hardest. I don't particularly approve of animal research for the cosmetics industry, nor would I choose to buy fur as an adornment or accessory.  The whole "I'd rather go naked" publicity campaign drew in a lot of support from folks who feel the same, who simply don't know the extent of their agenda.

Converse to AR's stated goals, I greatly appreciate the medical research that was behind
keeping my father alive many years more than he would have had, and I bless every
creature that lost a life in that research. 
Thank you for those extra years I had with him.

I would very  much like to see AIDS and Huntingtons and Parkinsons and Lupus eradicated, maybe even Cancer and Alzheimers... well, it's a long list.

I am an unapologetic carnivore.
I wear leather shoes. 
and suede
I'm not a big fan of sport-hunting, but IMO by golly as humans we've pretty much ripped the natural balance all to shreds and due to our eliminating many of their natural predators we'd be overrun by deer if someone didn't go out and shoot them now and again.  Same with rabbits.  Bring back a decent population of wolves and wild cats, I might feel differently.

My cats live in the house.  They are no danger to the fauna that resides in my community, so bird-watchers have no reason to revile me (or them).  I breed my purebred Maine Coons in a responsible fashion, poring over pedigrees, health testing, providing proper diet and a clean (if cluttered) and healthy environment.  My girls' health and condition is a priority, as is the health and temperament of the kittens.  I do NOT make money at this - no responsible breeder does.  The years I break even financially are cause for a big happy dance.

But PETA and HSUS hate me. 
They hate all breeders.  If you own a cat or a dog or a bird or a bunny or a goldfish, they hate you too.  You are propagating "animal enslavement" in their eyes. 

 These people are radical extremists. 
They have been implicated in domestic terrorism all over the US and
abroad, and even bragged of their associations with ALF and ELF.
Both groups are on the FBI domestic terrorists watch lists. 

Warn your children.  REALLY.  They target children.


some quotes (in order I found them):

"Arson, property destruction, burglary, and theft are ‘acceptable crimes’ when used for the animal cause."
PETA co-founder Alex Pacheco lists the “acceptable” tactics to fight for animal rights, Associated Press

"Our campaigns are always geared towards children and they always will be."
- PETA vice president Dan Matthews, on the Fox News Network (December 19, 2003)

"We are complete press sluts."
- Ingrid Newkirk, President of PETA in The New Yorker
(April 14, 2003)

"The life of an ant and that of my child should be granted equal consideration."
- HSUS senior scholar Michael W. Fox

"Pet ownership is an absolutely abysmal situation brought about by human manipulation."
 - HSUS senior scholar Michael W. Fox  in Harper's

"In the end, I think it would be lovely if we stopped this whole notion of pets altogether."
 - HSUS senior scholar Michael W. Fox  in Newsday
(February 21, 1988)

"There’s no rational basis for saying that a human being has special rights.
A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.
They’re all animals."
- Ingrid Newkirk, President of PETA in Washingtonian magazine (August 1, 1986)

"Humane treatment [of animals] is simply sentimental, sympathetic patronage."
- - HSUS senior scholar Michael W. Fox  in Newsweek (May 23, 1998)

"Bank executives have had their yachts sunk behind their houses. Cars have been blown up; windows have been smashed; offices have been stormed. We’re tired of yelling at buildings -- no one cares. We’re tired of yelling at executives while they’re in those buildings, and allowing them to go home and forget about us who are out there that afternoon -- we’re going to their homes. We’re doing what’s effective. We’re shutting this company down."
Lauren James, SHAC Organizer- "Conference on Organized Resistance,"
American University (January 26, 2003)

If you've read this far and aren't scared yet,
you're not paying attention...

CFA and AKC work to protect our hobby and your right to own a pet!

CFA Legislative Committee

AKC - Where did all the dogs go

CFA's Sy Howard Legislative fund, donations


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