Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely

Over the years, friends of A&N have been keeping news articles about incidents where animal control is out of control. Spidey decided to publish this week's compilation of such articles - just for the record. These are just a small sampling and more will be published on this website during the next few weeks.

Here's how many of the incidents, seizures and raids go down: Animal Control/Humane Society/SPCA etc. accuses some unsuspecting person of animal cruelty. Often this is the result of an anonymous tip that may or may not be accurate. Motives for making false accusations can be anything from jealousy to simple spite. Animals are seized and taken from their owners. Raids are conducted and often TV crews are on the scene to further intimidate and purposely humiliate the victims. The ACOs run up a bill for feed and board and vet care, which is often unnecessary. The case is quickly run through an court system that is generally ignorant of what is happening (and often doesn't care). Constitutional rights are  trampled in the mud, while attorneys for the animal owners - unlike the prosecutors - know next to nothing about how to defend a case in animal law.

Most of the victims do not have the money necessary to win such cases and are ultimately forced to give up their animals when they are unable to pay the legal and boarding bills. Often they agree to surrender the animals in order to avoid stiffer penalties or even jail time. 

And yet, breeders and pet owners are called animal abusers and worse. Who is making money off the backs of animals? How did animal welfare agencies turn into animal rights oriented law enforcers? To add insult to injury, the boarding fines "racket" is usually enacted into law - and who do you think writes and lobbies for that legislation? Why, the ones who stand to gain from it, of course.

In the meantime, animals can languish or even die under sub-standard care. Sometimes they pick up diseases where they are being held. Some are transported out of state without the proper health certificates since non-profit organizations are not as tightly regulated as breeders. Often the animals are moved or adopted out before the owner's case has been decided. The animals are adopted out to the highest bidder, in many cases. Some are resold for profit.

When this happens, it is tragic. Animals have been taken from places where they are loved and well cared for, for no good reason except that thieves, under the color of law, can make money from their sale.
January 1999.  Police in Abbotsford, B.C. raided a house and shot a family dog that attacked them while a children's birthday party was in progress. Witnesses say police officers, dressed in black and wearing hoods, burst into the house. The family's pit bull dog then lunged at one of the officers and bit his sleeve. A second officer then shot and killed the dog, splattering blood on a nearby infant. Mayhem ensued. The seven-year-old daughter of one of the parent's present at the party, hid behind a couch and started screaming. The police beat some of the adults. They claimed they didn't know children were present when the heavily-armed SWAT team raided the house, looking for drugs and weapons.

Lhaso, Come Home!
Original article written by Ranny Green and Joshua Robin; Seattle Times.
Condemned Pooch's Case Back In Court September 2000

Two Lhasa apsos were confiscated and locked away in a Seattle animal control shelter for seven years on allegations of being vicious dogs. The city animal control officers claim that while their owner was walking them, they attacked and bit two women. The dogs were taken into custody on the charge of being a threat to public safety. Animal control told reporters that both of the dogs should have been put to death or sent to an animal refuge in Utah years ago.

Wilton Rabon, the owner of the two dogs, named Word and Parshebe, has tried in vain to get his dogs back. The case has gone all the way to the state Supreme Court and was recently before the Court of Appeals for the second time. Parshebe died in the 5 by 20 foot cage where she and Word have been caged since 1993. The legal battle has cost taxpayers over $200,000.

Rabon, 56, visits the still living Word at least twice a month. Rabon is on a fixed income and does not have his own transportation. Not a day goes by that he doesn't think of his precious little dog. Word remains isolated in the shelter, his room and board costing taxpayers $10 a day.  Rabon was found guilty of four counts of owning vicious animals in violation of the Seattle Municipal Code and sentenced to probation and community service. The dogs were not on a leash when he walked them and it is likely the city chose to make an example of him, demonstrating the importance of its leash law.

Thomas Castagna, an assistant Seattle city attorney, said the lhasa apsos were a threat to public safety and so two years after Rabon's conviction, the city moved to kill them. The attorneys for Rabon, who is poor, have represented him for free and put in hundreds of hours to help him get his pets back. One of the attorneys told the press that, "They cannot go snatching up people's property right and left, and that's what they did in his case." The attorneys have also argued that Rabon had a special emotional relationship with Parshebe and Word and they with him. Mr. Rabon has not yet given up hope that one day Word can come home where he belongs.

Canine con gets reprieve after 8 years. Word has escaped death row, but he's not exactly free.

The 11-year-old Lhasa apso will live out his life at Pigs Peace, an Arlington animal sanctuary where he was transferred Saturday after an eight-year legal battle. The decision to send Word to Arlington was a tough one because Rabon was hoping his dog would be allowed to come home. Rabon doesn't own a car, so he will have to rely on friends for rides, she said.  Until Word's release - and his mother's death - they were locked in a 5-by-20-foot cage at the Seattle Animal Control shelter.

ACO Takes Revenge on a Puppy
Representatives of the Humane Society of Smith County TX say some abuse of animals came at the hands of ACOs themselves. One instance involved a Tyler Animal Control officer who had picked up some puppies that were surrendered by their owner. According to a statement made by the kennel manager, the officer talked of a confrontation with the owner, during which the owner thrust a puppy toward the officer. The puppy then bit the officer in the face, according to the statement.

"He then told me he got his revenge later, too," the statement says. "Because the puppy was a surrender, and (because) it had bit him, he got to chop its head off...".

Numerous instances were cited involving former TAC Officer Cesar Alvarez. Alvarez was dismissed from his employment in 2005 after six unvaccinated pit bulls were confiscated from his home in various stages of physical distress and later euthanized. According to reports, Alvarez was in possession of eight dogs total. Two of the dogs found in the man's possession were said to be in good condition.

Law enforcement officials reportedly received a call about a loose dog and discovered six others - described by law enforcement as skinny and malnourished - on Alvarez's property. Alvarez was issued citations totaling more than $1,000 for failure to vaccinate, but was not arrested.

A more recent instance - currently under investigation - involved another current officer. On June 1, the officer brought in an unconscious dog. According to shelter staff, he dragged the limp dog by its neck, using a control stick, and left it in a kennel; he sought no medical attention for the dog, stating "it would be all right." Two hours later, the dog went into a seizure and died.

"The dog died two hours after he dropped the dog off, but there was no treatment administered by the shelter at all," Smith said. "The dog was euthanized and there was no postmortem exam performed so there is no way of knowing if the dog died of heat exhaustion or a crushed trachea, which has been alleged."

Jacksonville, FL.  ACO Charged with Dogfighting
An animal control officer new on the job is accused of misusing his position by fighting dogs in his custody instead of protecting them. Troy Major, who is 35-years-old, was arrested this week at his home after police say they found two dogs at his home that had been property of the Animal Control. The police report says that besides dogs, dog fighting equipment used to train dogs was found at Major's home. 

2007: How It's done in Pennsylvania (Note: PA ACOs can now carry firearms)
In Pennsylvania anyone affiliated with a non-profit can become a Humane Enforcement Officer. For a fee, you can receive a badge. Sally Chavez-Casler, the founder of Broken Arrow Animal Sanctuary, seized 31 animals. (21 puppies, three baby goats, and seven adult dogs). However, according to court records, Casler had been found guilty of cruelty to animals in 2006. The victim of the seizure, Yvonne Murken fought the charges against her and fought to get her animals back.

Casler had been found guilty of keeping a black Labrador retriever-mix in her home in a cage that was so small the dog could not stand up without hitting its head. Further, the court also found that the dog had an inadequate amount of drinking water. It was further revealed that Casler offered puppies for adoption that were covered in feces and fleas. She did not appeal the charges and paid the fine. Though her sanctuary was promoted as a "no-kill" organization, a fellow officer stated that she often would euthanize animals "on the spot."

Casler made similar claims against others and was able to get a search warrant for Murkens' residence based on such a claim!

Murkens, 62, whose friends rallied in support of her, describes herself as the "goat lady." Her supporters told the press had been unfairly treated. Murkens had been a dairy farmer for over 27 years and was in the middle of a landlord/tenant dispute when the raid and seizure occurred. I wonder who made the anonymous tips to AC? After fighting the good fight, Murkens got most of her animals back and charges were dropped.

ACO convicted of Animal Cruelty
Howard Hawkinberry, 37, picked up a cat that had been struck by a car and had several broken bones. He kept the cat for more than 20 hours without taking it to a veterinarian or euthanizing it. He said that the woman who called him to pick up the cat asked him to take care of it until she could get it to a veterinarian the next day. The judge gave him a 30 day suspended sentence and probation and ordered him to pay court costs. His supervisor at the Marion County animal control office said she cannot believe the verdict. Hawkinberry said he plans to appeal and his boss says she plans to keep him on the job. What!!!???
2007 Tennessee: An ACO was arrested when drugs were found at the local shelter Benton County’s top ACO was taken into custody on drug charges Thursday when the Camden Police Department received an anonymous tip. ACO Jacqueline Marie Boyett, 21, was charged with possession of a schedule VI drug. The CPD searched the Animal Shelter property after being informed that employees were selling marijuana and prescription medication at the location and out of county vehicles. According to a report filed by the case investigator, the information came to light after Boyett bragged that she was selling the drugs and that there was nothing that could be done about it.

During the search the K-9 dog indicated the presence of drugs in two vehicles on the property and police found drug paraphernalia in both vehicles. A second Animal Shelter employee was arrested by the CPD earlier that morning for driving on a suspended license. The arrest occurred when she responded to a call concerning a dog that had been hit by a car. She was charged with driving the Animal Shelter truck with a suspended license.
2007: Lake Placid NY. An ACO who ran a pet adoption agency - Faithful Friends - was charged with 33 counts of animal cruelty, 22 counts of failure to license a dog and 2 counts of child endangerment. His wife was charged with the same. 22 dogs and 11 cats under his care were emaciated and malnourished and had mange. Some of the animals were unadoptable and had to be euthanized. The investigation began with a picture of one of the sick dogs that was tied to a tree.
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August 2007: Before she reportedly left town a few weeks ago, a former ACO for the Village of Bradley (IL) harbored more than 40 dogs, 29 cats and 19 snakes in her single-family home She is lost her job with the village and the animals were removed from the home. Robert Simpson, a member of the village zoning board of appeals, complained about her animals a year before the seizure but nothing was done. "Some people couldn't sit on their porches because of the smell," Simpson told the village board. "That house, as far as we're concerned in the neighborhood, should have been torn down."

2007: Sasha, a 14-year-old retriever mix, was found by animal control and was placed in the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter. She had escaped during a thunderstorm, and her owners looked for two days before finally founding her at the shelter. Sasha's owners came to claim their dog on a Sunday but shelter employees refused to let Sasha go home because, under county policy, it was a non-business day. When Sasha’s owners came back to the shelter on Tuesday morning (Monday was Labor Day), they paid the shelter fee and went to get their dog. To their horror, Sasha was dead in her kennel.

The couple did not accuse the shelter of Sasha's death. No one at the shelter had a clue why she died. (I'll bet) Policy was changed and now employees can release dogs in special situations. This is a tragic story, but even more tragic is the fact that the county administration plans to hire the Humane Society of the United States to conduct a $25,000 peer review of the shelter. I feel sick.

October 2007: A former South Bend Indiana ACO lived in house with 88 animals. A co-worker said that recently dogs have been "accidentally" put to sleep before their owners could pick them up at the shelter. According to South Bend’s city ordinance, the shelter holds an animal with tags for five days. If the dog or cat is not claimed the animal runs the risk of being put to sleep. Eric Antonazzi, who was fired recently from South Bend Animal Control, says in the past month the staff accidentally put two pit bulls to sleep before they should have been. Reminds me of PeTA.

2008: Port St. Lucie Florida. Police arrested an ACO who tried to steal an exotic bird. Reptile education specialist Fred Spector was trying to find the owner of an African gray parrot last month when he called ACO Luis Ortega to help. A police spokesman said the bird is worth $1,200.

Ortega offered to buy the bird from Spector, but Spector said he wanted to find the owner first. A few days later, Spector told police that a man named Jose called him and said he was the bird's owner. But when Spector asked Jose to describe the bird, Jose couldn't do it well enough to prove that he was the owner. Spector called animal control to report the suspicious call and learned that Ortega never filed a report on the missing bird.

Ortega, who allegedly had the man pose as the bird's owner so he could get possession of it, was charged with attempted grand theft. Spector is a former New York City police officer who retired to Port St. Lucie and started a reptile education business.

October 2008: An SPCA equipment van and a SPCA "forensics veterinarian" were on hand at the raid of a person in Gilmer County GA where 13 American Pit Bull terriers were "rescued" despite a complete lack of evidence that the man or the dogs had ever been involved with dog fighting. All dogs and the puppies were in extremely good condition, as they should have been, since Mr. Woodall was a frequent competitor in ADBA weight-pulling trials with his dogs. This victim was smart enough to grab his video camera and film the raid and the entire nation saw what both the HSUS and ASPCA are made of when the video was put up on YouTube. After a court fight of several months, he eventually got his dogs returned. They were alive, but unfortunately not in the exceptionally good condition that they had left in. He is considered one of the fortunate ones.
2008 - Kansas City, MO. An 87-year-old woman's dog, Buddy, was euthanized despite calls and e-mails to Animal Control that she wanted her beloved pet back. The woman had let her dog out but then fell asleep and by the time she went to let him back in, he had run off. A volunteer who helps to find lost dogs put Buddy on several lost dog registries and two days later she received information that Buddy had been picked up by animal control. The woman was ecstatic that her dog had been found and the volunteer wrote emails and called animal control to let them know the owner had been found and would be there to pick up Buddy. When the woman arrived, however, she was told Buddy had been put to sleep the day before. They hadn't even checked their messages until it was too late.
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2008 - Idaho Falls, ID - The state attorney general's office had to decide whether to file criminal charges against a sheriff's deputy accused of shooting a dog three times after first asking its owner to tie it to a tree. Questions about other sheriff's deputy led various community leaders to question the competence of the sheriff's office. None of the three deputies were available for comment.
People have threatened to cancel trips to the vacation area because of the shooting of the 5-year-old black Labrador retriever mix named Bobby, which survived. The dog's owner filed a tort claim against the county.

Complaints from a woman who claimed the dog mauled her, triggered the events. The owner said Bobby was a friendly dog and played well with all the neighborhood children. He tied the family pet to a tree at the officer's request and asked what proof there was that Bobby had bitten anyone. Then he said the officer said he "didn't need proof" to shoot the dog, so he did - 3 times with a rifle. Bullets hit Bobby once in the head and twice in the neck.

Idaho law allows a dog one bite without consequence, but after a second bite, a court can order a dog be destroyed. However, Bobby never bit anyone. The owner went to the hospital after a severe panic attack. When they returned, they found Bobby was still alive and had crawled onto the porch. They took the dog to the vet.
July 2009. Delray Beach FL Should this one go in the Do As I Say, Not As I Do or The Poetic Justice files?
An ACO, whose family was cited last month for animal cruelty, defended her decision to keep her 17-year-old dog at home instead of euthanizing or seeking medical care for the animal, even though the animal had a large tumor growing under her belly. Virginia Feldmann, said her pit bull mix Kelsey was not in pain and was too old to undergo an operation to remove the large tumor. Feldmann claimed that she tried to get the dog euthanized on three occasions but was turned away for various reasons.

The matter came to the attention of a Boynton Beach ACO because a neighbor complained that too many cats were in Feldmann's home. The neighbor further stated that the dog looked uncomfortable, had open wounds on her back and was found in a dirty cage. A putrid smell was apparent throughout the home, according to the ACO's report.

Feldmann's husband was civilly cited for animal cruelty and faced a $258 fine. The ACO maintained that the family could have either seen a vet for the dog's medical problems or get the dog euthanized. Feldmann said she was forced to put the dog to sleep. "It's humiliating and embarrassing," she said. " Indeed it is.

November 2009 - MA. An internal investigation and hearing revealed that an ACO gave away a lost Yorkshire terrier she found, to a police officer and his girlfriend. The four-year-old dog belonged to a woman who had done everything she could to find her precious pet. The owner managed to finally reunite with her Yorkie as the dog was en route to the airport with her "new owners" who were moving to Florida.

Janet Torren had called the local animal control office and left a message with her dog's name, description, microchip number and microchip company name. Torren returned to her son's town, where neighbors helped her search for her dog to no avail. Torren received a phone message from animal control officer Bousquet stating that she had not seen or found a dog that fit Torren's description. After leaving several messages for Bousquet, Torren finally spoke with the animal control officer by phone.

"She was so sharp and rude to me, it was unbelievable," said Torren. "She was telling me I needed to show her respect and that she was a police officer. I was frantic and so sick to my stomach, but it wasn't going to stop me from looking for my dog. I couldn't picture Shai just vanishing off the face of the earth."

Eventually, records revealed that it was ACO Bousquet who had the dog's chip scanned. Torren immediately called Bousquet and left a message to let her know what she had discovered and that she would call the police and file charges. Initially, Bousquet denied everything but finally admitted that she knew where Torren's dog was - with her new owners at the airport in Boston, waiting to fly to Florida.
January 2010. Riverside CA. A Los Angeles Assistant Fire Chief, Glynn Johnson, was found guilty of felony animal cruelty with special circumstances, (maximum penalty of up to 3 years) and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony (maximum penalty of up to 1 year), after brutally beating to death a 6 month old puppy.

In November 2008, Karley had gotten out of her owner's backyard and was being brought back by neighbor. Another neighbor - the assistant fire chief, offered to bring her back himself. The neighbor then witnessed the fire chief erupt in violence, punching Karley 10-15 times in the head first with his fist, then with a 12 lb rock. Karley was so severely beaten that she had to be euthanized hours later.

It seems Johnson attacked Karley in vengeance, after years of fighting with the Toole family (Karley's owners). Over the years, Johnson had engaged in shouting matches with the Toole's using a bullhorn and had placed dog excrement in their mailbox. Another witness said this was not an isolated event and there was a long history of anger and frustration between Johnson and the Tooles.

The D.A. questioned Johnson about his violent past, bringing up an incident which is documented in police reports where Glynn attacked his 14 year old daughter Amber in their backyard after an argument. Johnson pushed his daughter to the ground, hitting her with the buckle end of his belt several times. He then dragged his daughter back into the house where he proceeded to beat her again, shouting "I wish you were dead."
March 2010. Mississippi. An ACO is jailed after being accused of shooting and dumping dogs. Alonzo Esco was fired in January after home video surfaced that allegedly showed dozens of animal carcasses dumped in a creek in Canton. The point was made that if he had been a private citizen, he would have already faced charges but the Mayor denied Esco was getting special treatment. Animal rights activists insisted otherwise. I definitely think better protocols for animal control were needed!
April 2010. Annemarie Lucas, ASCPA cop and TV star of 'Animal Precinct was forced off her job and faced with a lawsuit.Annemarie Lucas helped bring in big bucks with fund-raising drives and had a starring role on the TV show "Animal Precinct." The lawsuit claims her humane law enforcement unit performed illegal searches and seizures.

"She projects a warm and fuzzy personality on television ... but she uses the badge and gun as a sword, not a shield to protect animals," said lawyer George Dazzo, who represents pet owners whose animals were seized. Sources said Lucas had clashed repeatedly with the chief legal counsel of the enforcement unit, Stacy Wolf. Lucas, who earned more than $200,000 in salary and benefits in 2008, was paid more than a year's salary as part of a buyout agreement.

Patrick O'Keefe, a top official at the ASPCA's Henry Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in Manhattan, also abruptly resigned. The ASPCA declined to say why, but a investigators were checking a lead that the death of a Rottweiler was caused by being kicked and choked by a vet at the hospital. The Rottweiler's owner is suing the ASPCA.

June 2010. Florida. 14-pound Shih Tzu deemed "dangerous" and according to the county ordinance, must be killed. ACOs say that Cyrus attacked a 5-year-old boy, biting him on the head and arm. The county ordinance states that any dog that attacks a victim above the neck is considered a dangerous dog and must be destroyed.

Philip Stoddard, dog lover, took over ownership of Cyrus after the attack and is looking for a stay of execution. He said the county's dangerous dog ordinance is unconstitutional and that there is not enough evidence to prove that Cyrus is dangerous to anyone. He laughed when asked if he thought Cyrus was a dangerous dog. "They're about the most cuddly breed of dog you can possibly imagine." He will file an appeal to the county to try and save Cyrus. Let's hope Cyrus will fare better than Word, the Lhaso did.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Animal Rights Hypocrisy

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Spidey decided to search the web for new items that reflect the double standards of animal rights organizations and the people who preach their mantra. This information is taken from many sources and is merely a brief compilation. Examples of their hypocrisy could (and does) fill many web pages.

And by the way, don't you find it ironic that PETA has the word Pet in it, when they "believe that it would have been in the animals' best interests if the institution of "pet keeping"—i.e., breeding animals to be kept and regarded as "pets"—never existed."

1994: A forty- year old female jogger, Barbara Shoener, was killed by a mountain lion. She was survived by her husband and two children, aged 5 and 8. The cougar was hunted down and shot, but then her two cubs were discovered. Sympathy went out to the mother cougar who had been defending her cubs at the time of the attack. People responded by raising wice as much money for the young mountain lions than for the orphaned human children.

1995: "LET the Animals Live" animal welfare organization chairman, Benny Schlesinger, was arrested Friday on suspicion of sexually abusing a 17-year-old boy. Police told the Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court that Schlesinger allegedly gave a ride to the youth late Thursday night, supplied him with Ecstasy tablets, brought him home and took advantage of his being under the influence of the pills to sexually abuse him. Schlesinger allegedly also videotaped the encounter. No animals were harmed during the taping of that video.

During a 1996 PeTA awards gala, Alec Baldwin was interviewed by the television program “Extra... The Entertainment Magazine," where he voiced his opposition to ALL medical research. At the same time, however, Baldwin has also advocated for breast cancer research and has publicly supported various AIDS-related charities.

In October 1997, a university renamed its breast cancer facility in honor of Alec Baldwin’s mother, Carol Baldwin, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 1990. This recognition honored her many years of activism in raising both awareness and funding for research of the critical affliction. In 1997, Baldwin participated in a gala that raised more than $500,000 for the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, Inc.

1997 - An extremist AR group called the "Justice Department" claimed responsibility for the pre-Thanksgiving contamination of turkeys. They claimed to have contaminated thousands of birds in supermarkets along the east coast of the U.S. with a 'lethal substance' they would not identify. Unlike other groups that balk at injuring people in their attempt to stop animal use, the JD has often directed its violence towards humans. The group has previously sent letters enclosing rat poison laced razor blades to its intended victims.  (AR note:  Never use rat poison on actual rats)

1998: Connecticut. Mr. Mannetti, an animal rights advocate for 12 years, holds a permit for trapping on this land but he hasn't set a single trap. He bid on the exclusive right to trap animals on parcels of state property -- then in effect declared the land a trap-free zone. Mannetti joined with other animal rights advocates in a campaign that could win them permits for about 45,000 acres, nearly a third of the state land where trapping is allowed. They entered the program to subvert and undermine it.

A similar strategy was used by environmentalists in the West who have won the grazing rights on government-owned land to prevent overgrazing. Sometimes they are thwarted, however. Idaho changed the law so that only ranchers could bid on state grazing land. Take note, legislators!

1999- PeTA activists were caught on video during a protest in Seattle at the World Trade convention. They threw large glass marbles at the feet of mounted horsemen and two of the horses fell. One horse broke a leg and the rider of the second horse was severely injured. If this is what they call "ethical", I want NO part of it.

When animal rights activists "rescue and release" lab animals, minks and other animals that are not bred to live in outdoor environments, few if any, survive. In one incident alone, over 300 freed mink in Utah were found, starved and frozen to death. What kind of rights are these? The "Rite" of Death?

In 2000, animal rights proponents were shocked to learn that PeTA shills Alec Baldwin and wife Kim Bassinger are the proud, unrepentant owners of eleven dogs, seven cats and a wolf. While condemning the pet ownership of others, the average animal rights activist keeps five or more pets, according to a 1993 survey by Animals Agenda.  Such hypocrites call us "hoarders."

2001 - PeTA was defending the rights of deer to live. On the way home from the protest, two members hit a deer which had run on to the highway. The members informed the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife that they intended to sue for damages and injuries. In their letter they stated that the Division was responsible for the damages “as a result of their deer management program, which includes, in certain circumstances, an affirmative effort to increase deer population.”  As I remember it, the animal rights groups lobbied against deer hunting and the Division caved in.  Unbelievable!  But True.

2002 - Animal rights "godfather" and self-proclaimed atheist, Peter Singer, claims Christianity is harmful to animals. Singer coined the phrase "speciesism" which basically means that man thinks he is superior to any other species. Singer expanded on his controversial position that a "severely disabled" infant may be killed up to 28 days after its birth if the parents deem the baby's life is not worth living." His workshop, When is Killing OK?, discussed various scenarios - like vicious animals, unwanted dogs & cats, and unwanted or deformed fetuses. What about trapping and killing animals that destroy farm animals and crops? What about that!?

"I think that a chimpanzee certainly has greater self-awareness than a newborn baby" he told reporters. Hmmm, perhaps a chimp has greater humanity than Singer.

Singer was asked several questions about whether his concept of animal rights included the protection of insects, rodents or shellfish. "I think insects are, you are right, the toughest conflicts we generally face. I wouldn't kill a spider if I can avoid killing a spider and I don't think I need to," he said. What if termites were threatening his home? "With termites that are actually eating out the foundation of my home, and this happens, this is a more serious problem and I think at that point, I would feel that I need to dwell somewhere and if I can't drive them away in some way, I guess I would end up killing them," he conceded.

When asked why humans should not be able to eat animals when animals eat other animals, Singer acknowledged that humans have to be held to a different standard. [YES! Finally - something we can agree with!] . . . . "Animals generally are not making moral choices. Animals are not the same as humans. They can't reflect on what they are doing and think about the alternatives. Humans can. So there is no reason for taking what they do as a sort of moral lesson for us to take. We're the ones who have to have the responsibility for making those choices," he said.

You can read the entire article for yourself. It's a doozy.

2003 -Pet Fest America. “Laugh as these canine clowns present a show the whole family will enjoy,” exclaim the advertisements for Pet Fest America. In January, the Humane Society of the United States booked a 20,000-seat sports and entertainment arena in Washington, D.C. for the event. HSUS, as we know, does not mind using animals to make money for their organization and they gladly peddled “four-legged acrobats” to do so. Ironically, HSUS called Pet Fest America “hours of fun and entertainment” for “everyone who cares about animals.”

2004: Animal rights activists would occupy as many as five of the 13 seats on a newly constituted Fish and Game Council, under terms of a bill recently introduced in the New Jersey state Legislature. Why?  Truly, that is like housing the foxes in the chicken coop.

2005 Two PeTA activists kill and dump dogs they "rescued" from shelters. In fact, records clearly show that from July 1998 through December 2009, they killed over 23,000 dogs, cats and other companion animals. They have a walk-in freezer to store the dead bodies and a contract with a company to cremate them. Over 90 percent of the animals PeTA took in during a 5 year period were put to death.

2006 Eric McDavid, one of the alleged Earth Liberation Front eco-terrorists arrested on charges of conspiring to commit arson, claimed a First Amendment right to a vegan diet while he awaited trial in jail. More research revealed that McDavid and his co-defendants ate, "among other things, shrimp stir-fry pizza and chocolate-chip pancakes, none of which is part of a vegan diet." Worse yet, McDavid professed to respect all life while telling a confidant that human casualties are a possibility [during eco-terrorist acts] and that is not a problem for them.

2007 : A Colorado blizzard left thousands of cattle (an estimated 340,000) stranded and starving. In a totally transparent act of hypocrisy, PeTA refused to help. This prompted Governor Bill Owens, appearing on a Denver radio show, to call PeTA, "frauds" and "a bunch of losers."The reason given for this horrible lack of compassion, according to a PeTA spokesman was, "In six months they're going to be killed and end up on someone's plate." So sayeth PeTA.  So mote it be.

2008 - Zuzana K. (Rexano) tells us about the heartwarming story of Christian the Lion (YouTube), bought in 1969 and raised in the apartment by two Australians living in London. The Australians eventually met actors Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna who filmed the movie “Born Free” about a real lioness Elsa, who was reintroduced to the wild. The actors personally knew and portrayed George and Joy Adamson, the real people behind the movie, who raised and released their lioness Elsa back into wild.

The Australians contacted George Adamson and ended up taking their lion, Christian, to Kenya where he was released into the wild. The hit video "Christian the Lion" takes place when the Australians, Anthony “Ace” Bourke and John Rendall, returned to Africa to reunite with their pet lion. What many do not know is that the son of the actor Bill Travers is Will Travers, CEO of Born Free USA which united with the Animal Protection Institute (API), an extreme animal rights (AR) group that actively pushes for bans on exotic animals in captivity. They would rather see these animals extinct than saved in captivity. The group that is now selling the DVD in the UK and making money off of the very touching story of the deep bond between a human and lion is the very bond this group wants to eliminate by pushing for exotic animal bans and for closing the zoos!

2008 & 2009 Oprah jumps on the bandwagon and campaigns against the "horrors of factory farms." This PeTA "person of the year", much to their dismay, decided to give away two pieces of KFC to every human in America. Oops.

Animal activist, Pamela Anderson drives an expensive gas guzzling Range Rover. 2010 prices start at around $78,000 and leather seats and wood trim are standard. Doesn't she understand the concept of political correctness? The rich are different and are valuable tools to the AR orgs no matter how they bend the rules.

OctoMom promotes spay and neuter for PeTA. Enough said.

2010: Lisa "Olivia" Munn is another PeTA promoter. She thinks it's better for young computer junkies to stay home and watch TV - like the program she co-hosts for G4, Attack of the Show! - than to go to the circus. She gushes that she was brought to tears by the AR video online about the Ringling Brothers elephants. Munn, like many of her ilk doesn't really follow the PeTA party line and probably isn't aware of it because she wore leather boots to the unveiling of her new PeTA billboard that features her naked body.

Recent: Mother of twin girls mauled by fox is threatened by animal rights activists after one daughter returns from the hospital. That baby had been bitten down the right side of her face and on her right arm by a fox that found its way upstairs into the bedroom she shared with her sister. The ARs are, of course, defending the fox and even accusing the mother of having an agenda to repeal a hunting ban.

Patrick Battuello, who has written the animal rights blog on timesunion.com for about a year, is ending his blog. Another blogger exposed the fact that while Battuello promoted the hard-line, protect-animals-at-all-costs party line, he ran Little Anthony's Pizza that sold animal products for human consumption.

Those of you that understand the animal rights agenda will remember many more examples of hypocrisy. For those of you that don't get it, maybe these examples will help open your eyes so you can see what is happening more clearly.

Further Reading:

Read about the "Irony Police" in Winston Gladwell's great article, HSUS - Their Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds.

Here's another fun website - Deceiver.com.  Their motto is "Do as you say or we'll say what you do." I like it!

More Musings about Animal Rights 

Check out this book by Peter Schweizer Do As I Say (Not As I Do) - Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy.

Sunday, June 06, 2010


Fighting the Good Fight in California

Check out this promising candidate: Larry Naritelli.  WOW!  Could this be the new wave of the future?  Could the tide really be turning for our side?  Let's hope other state's will follow this example!