By Lee Wallot
Until just a few months ago I, like most of you, considered the possibility that animal rights activists could actually stop the breeding of purebred dogs and cats extremely remote. I was so engrossed in raising my puppies and showing my adults that I didn’t notice the growing influence of their cause. San Mateo passed a non-breeding ordinance but I blithely thought, “It will never happen here.” Furthermore, I was convinced the public would see through their lies and distortions. That was an extremely naive and ultimately dangerous perception.
In our willingness to be flexible and make compromises, we have already allowed the politicians to be manipulated by the animal rights activist into introducing extremely restrictive legislation. We did not know, as we do now, that to compromise with them is to sign our own death warrants as animal owners. We blindly did not see what was happening and then we recoiled in shock when they actually got the legislation they wanted.
The issue is animal RIGHTS which is fundamentally different from animal WELFARE, an observation most of us have overlooked. Animal rights groups call for the TOTAL ELIMINATION OF OWNERSHIP AND USE by humans of ANY ANIMAL (dog, cat, horse, cow, chicken, etc.). We dog owners are only a part of the total agenda.
Although the humane and animal welfare societies started out many years ago with animal welfare as their concern, the leadership of many has been increasingly subverted by the animal rights activists taking over the governing boards. One such take over is graphically detailed in an excerpt from “Who Will Live, Who Will Die” by Katie McCabe, The Washingtonian, August 1986. It says: “Along with his lobbying efforts on national issues, McArdle of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), coordinates and guides local humane societies into taking a more aggressive animal-rights stance. On his desk during an interview is a letter from the Peninsula Humane Society in San Mateo, CA, one of the country’s wealthiest organizations.”
According to the December 18, 1985 SAN MATEO TIMES, a ‘surprise coup’ at the Society by local activists forced the resignation of the board’s conservative members, one of whom said, “ I am resigning because I do not agree with the philosophy of the extreme activists.”
The radicalization of local humane societies is a nationwide phenomenon. Says People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA) Ingrid Newkirk, “Humane societies all over the country are adopting the animal rights philosophy (and are) becoming vegetarian.”
Increasingly, we see attempts by the activist humane societies to lead the public into believing that they are not a part of the total animal rights movement. Don’t you believe it! Look below the surface. Read beyond their deception of denial and you will find they subscribe to the same ideals and goals. They may want you to think of them as “apples and oranges” but in reality they are all fruits.
I prefer to think of them as a piece of cloth with one end kept shining and clean by carefully working within the legal and political system and the other end being dirty, tattered and frayed as they go about their work using terrorism, hate campaigns and smear tactics. The two ends may not look the same but the same thread runs through the entire length of that cloth.
There is no such thing as separate philosophies and goals among the literally hundreds of different animal rights groups. They are ALL working on their piece of the action toward the same goal, the goal that 90% of their followers and workers don’t even know about or at least refuse to admit it the goal that is the eventual ELIMINATION of the use and ownership of ALL ANIMALS by human beings.
Can’t happen, you say? Too far out, you say? Let me tell you, it IS happening. Now. And has been happening, little by little, for years. If you don’t believe so, ask the biomedical researchers who have been hit with so many new restrictive Laws (pushed by the activists) and so much terrorism (by the activists) that continuing their research will cost billions more than it should. Or ask the McDonalds’ restaurant owners that were the objects of terrorists’ threats and harassment because they dared sell hamburgers and chicken. (You have to kill cows and chickens to get such food, you know.) Or ask the outdoors men who have been fighting for years to keep their right to hunt and fish from being taken away from them. And now it is happening to the breeders of dogs and cats.
Read the agenda printed below. It was written by an animal rights activist and published in an animal rights activist magazine. It is the world they are in the process of LEGISLATING into existence. They have been telling us for years exactly what their goals are but we weren’t listening. (Remember Hitler’s Mein Kampf?)
1. Abolish by law all animal research.
2. Outlaw the use of animals for cosmetic and product testing, classroom demonstration and weapons development.
3. Vegetarian meals should be made available at all public institutions, including schools.
4. Eliminate all animal agriculture.
5. No herbicides, pesticides or other agricultural chemical should be used. Outlaw predator control.
6. Transfer enforcement of animal welfare legislation away from the Department of Agriculture.
7. Eliminate fur ranching and end the use of furs.
8. Prohibit hunting, trapping, and fishing.
9. End the international trade in wildlife goods.
10. Stop any further breeding of companion animals, including purebred dogs and cats. Spaying and neutering should be subsidized by state and municipal governments. Abolish commerce in animals for the pet trade.
11. End the use of animals in entertainment and sports.
12. Prohibit the genetic manipulation of species.
(From: “Politics of Animal Liberation” by Kim Bartlett, Animal Agenda, November, 1987)
They are not my words. They are the words of the animal rights activists themselves. THIS IS THE AGENDA the activists are seeing to legislate into our lives and yet, because they are so skillful in separating (in people’s minds) the various parts of the agenda, most of the people never even see the total picture.
The hunters think they are the targets. The researchers think they are the targets. The fur people think they are the targets. The dog and cat people are new to all this and they are dismayed to find that they are the targets. What is important to understand here is that WE ALL ARE THE TARGETS.
This new religion or cult or philosophy or movement or whatever you want to call it has only one goal: To change our lives forever by FORCING us to adopt their beliefs. They are doing this by making their beliefs into LAW. Little by little the legislation they are responsible for having introduced is being put into law. Little by little those seemingly “good for the animals” laws are eating away at the right of human beings. Little by little those laws are bringing us closer and closer to the legal status that Ingrid Newkirk of PETA declared as her personal moral philosophy. To emphasize how she feels about the equality of man and animals she said, “A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.” The animal rights activists subscribe to this theory, that all animals are equal to humans and, therefore, deserve the same right as humans.
Which includes our dogs and cats. Which means they feel no dog or cat should be “enslaved” by being owned by a human being. Which brings us to the REAL goal behind the breeding bans that are sweeping across the country. Which brings us to the truth of what those breeding bans are really meant to accomplish. Which is to eliminate the ownership of dogs and cats by human beings.
Ingrid Newkirk (PETA) herself has told us this is their goal. In her own words she has said: pet ownership is an “absolutely abysmal situation brought about by human manipulation.” She further defines the steps that she feels should be taken to achieve this “liberation” of the pets in our animal kingdom. Read these words and remember them. They were said by the cofounder of PETA, the same PETA that hundreds of us have so willingly supported all these years in the mistaken belief that we were supporting a group that cared about animal welfare.
Newkirk says, “I don’t use the word ‘pet’. I think it’s speciest language. I prefer ‘companion animals’. For one thing, WE WOULD NO LONGER ALLOW BREEDING. People could not create different breeds. There would be no pet shops. If people had companion animals in their homes, those animals would have to be refugees from the animal shelters and the streets. You would have a protective relationship with them just as you would an orphaned child. But as the surplus of dogs and cats (artificially engineered by centuries of forced breeding) declined, eventually COMPANION ANIMALS WOULD BE PHASED OUT and we would return to a more symbiotic relationship enjoyment from a distance.” Harper’s Magazine, August 1988.
Think about those words. “We would no longer allow breeding.” The breeding bans impose this restriction. Where does this lead us? 1) Purebred dogs are eliminated by the breeding ban; 2) Mixed breeds are eliminated by the mandatory spay and neuter laws; 3) What is left to reproduce after this is all over, folks?
“Not so!” the activists protest. “We love animals. Look at the millions we have adopted out over the years. We don’t want to eliminate dogs. We just want to stop the killing,” they cry.
Look again at Newkirk’s quote. We humans would be the “caretakers”; the “guardians” of those shelter animals but only until such time as THERE ARE NO MORE. “Eventually companion animals would be phased out…” Do those words sound like their goal is to allow you to have animals in your home?
Are you upset? You should be. Are you scared? You should be. Are you going to do something about it? You’d better or else the animal rights activists are going to do it for you THEIR WAY.
As in all of their campaigns against all of the users of animals in any way, they have found the emotional key that enables them to sway people blindly to their side and enables them to get the multi-million dollar operating budget they have achieved through donations from the uninformed. Emotionalism and guilt are triggered by the grotesque campaign methods they use. In the case of biomedical research they used the (staged) posters with Domitia, the now-famed Silver Spring monkey, and they sought to halt an entire research industry by hammering away at a few very real instances of misuse.
In the case of the fur industry, they use the photos of animals…dead and caught in traps…as well as posters of a woman dragging a fur coat, trailing a pool of blood. In the meat industry they get 20/20 to cover the very real mistreatment of downed animals at slaughter yards while ignoring the 98% of the meat industry that is responsible and concerned for the humane treatment of their animals, even in the slaughterhouse. In the dog and cat words, they show barrels of dead dogs and cats and execute them publicly on TV and in the newspapers while ignoring the literally billions of dogs and cats that are well cared for and loved by most of the human race.
They are smart. They are media-wise. They know how to work the political system ii to get the legislation they want. THEY ARE DANGEROUS!
In the issues of our dogs and cats, they have jumped on the very real problem we have to contend with overpopulation. That problem needs to be addressed. By you. By me. By all of us.
But we must address the problem with solutions that will work for us. The solution is not the elimination of dogs and cats from our households. Or is it? Is this what you think the solution should be?
Decide for yourself. If you don’t think it’s the answer, it’s time to get involved. Join and support with your money, your time and your commitment, one of the many groups forming to fight the activists. If you are not a registered voter, GET REGISTERED. If you are not politically inclined, GET POLITICALLY INVOLVED ANYWAY. You will learn, just as we are learning.
We cannot ignore the threat in hope it will go away. We cannot compromise with their demands because each compromise is a victory for them, another step toward their ultimate goal. We cannot sit back and let “somebody else do it” because nobody else is doing it. You are the somebody who has to. We cannot wait because in the last ten years, the animal rights activists’ movement has done nothing except get stronger, bigger and better financed.
NOW is the time to stop them. Not tomorrow. Not next month. Not next year. By then it may be too late. §
Lee Wallot is a prize Collie breeder and owner of Sharlindemar Collies in the Seattle WA area .
Editor’s Comment: The tactics of the animal rights gang are the same as the Greens have used for years. Now the socialists are doing the same thing with crisis management becoming the method our government uses to strip us of more of our rights. The idea is to find the exception, promote it as the rule, and bang more government intervention.
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