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PETA Strikes Again
Don’t look now, but it’s more of the same from PETA. They just love dogs so dang much! And nothing says love like stifling animal adoptions and encouraging mass killing! (This is for those of you who made excuses for PETA or thought the last letter we posted was an isolated event. It’s not – it’s official policy.)
In March of 2010, at the behest of their own animal control, Livingston County, Michigan reconsidered their policy prohibiting the adoption of “pit bull” type dogs from their shelter. Anne Burns, the director of Livingston County Animal Control, proposed changes to the county animal control policy with the stated mission to “promote and protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens and domestic animals in Livingston County.”
Among other changes, such as forming more partnerships with rescues, Burns asked the council to consider changes to the county’s policy on “bully breeds.” Apparently she felt this was more in line with the county’s stated values of “Transparency, Professionalism, Humane Attitude and Consistency.” And we applaud Burns for taking this initial step.
The County Board approved the proposed changes, agreeing to start adopting out “bully breeds” from the shelter with the first “pit bull” available for adoption now. But not before PETA got in their 2 cents. In a letter to the editor, PETA urged Livingston County to continue to protect pit bulls by not adopting them out and simply euthanizing them. In “Special Letter: Rescued Pit Bulls Not Family Pets” PETA states:
“As someone whose work involves rescuing pit bulls from abuse, I urge Livingston County Animal Control to continue protecting pit bulls by retaining the agency's current policy against adopting them out. We all wish for happy endings, but pit bull adoptions often end in tragedy.”
“We all wish for happy endings?!” Who are they kidding? “Pit bull adoptions often end in tragedy?!” Can they read?! (And no, we don’t mean “do they read?” We mean literally “are they literate?”) Is PETA the only animal organization on the planet who hasn’t witnessed all the well publicized pit bull adoptions from high profile pit bull cruelty busts? Those of us “in the trenches” have witnessed them every day for years, but these days successful adoptions are front page news. The likelihood PETA is unaware of the countless happy and successful pit bull adoptions that take place every year is so slim it is simply impossible. The only other explanation is that it is an outright lie aimed at advancing their true mission of wholesale slaughter while hiding behind the curtain of their alleged “compassion” for animals.
The letter continues:
“Every day, PETA staffers meet sad and lonely pit bulls who have been trapped for years at the ends of heavy chains with nothing but bare patches of dirt and plastic barrels for shelter (if they're lucky), trembling in fear, full of heartworms, ribs protruding, and scarred all over from fights. In winter, they shiver from the cold and in summer, they are eaten alive by flies, fleas and ticks. They are often physically abused and starved, sometimes to death, for losing in illegal dogfights, or for being ‘bad guards,’ or ‘not mean enough.’
Nice families rarely visit shelters in search of pit bulls, and pit bulls from unknown backgrounds don't always make good family additions. No one wants to end the euthanasia of animals at shelters more than those holding the syringe, but supplying pit bulls to dogfighters and those seeking ‘macho’ status symbols and cheap security systems aren't solutions. Spaying and neutering to prevent more pit bulls from coming into the world is.”
“Nice families rarely visit shelters in search of pit bulls.” Why don’t you just come out and say it PETA: “Rich white families rarely visit shelters in search of pit bulls.” That’s what you mean. “Only poor, minority felons adopt pit bulls.” Because as we’ve seen in the Owner Profiles, why would a "decent" person want to own a pit bull?
And a note to PETA, who apparently doesn’t know anything about animals: DOGS from unknown backgrounds don’t always make good family additions. But more times than not, they do. Most dogs are safe to be around, by nature. They are domestic animals. Some dogs aren’t safe and yes, some dogs do need to be put down. But it is the job of professionals who work with those dogs at shelters and at rescues to make that determination. It is the people who actually love the animals and spend every day with them, getting to know them who decide which are safe to put in public and which need to be humanely euthanized. Not the multi-million dollar hypocritical “charity” that spends all of it’s money getting attention for itself and making decision about dogs lives and deaths from a distance.
“PETA’s ‘Animal Record’ report for 2009, filed with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, shows that the animal rights group killed 97 percent of the dogs and cats in its care last year. During all of 2009, PETA found adoptive homes for just eight pets. Just eight animals -- out of the 2,366 it took in.” – www.petakillsanimals.com
Here’s a letter for you PETA: We’ve saved more than 8 animals. With all your millions of dollars, what have you done today?
On a budget of $0, scrapping together money out of our pockets and from under the sofa cushions, Game Dog Guardian has saved and adopted out more dogs in our short existence than PETA did in an entire year. The Lawrence Humane Society adopts out more dogs in a month than PETA does in a year.
At Game Dog Guardian we love dogs, just not to death. With the kind of “love” PETA has to offer animals, we can only hope they hate us, a lot.
You have to love the irony of this PETA billboard picture on http://www.mystiqueshelties.com: