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In "Lead By Example," we covered the Sumner County, KS Sherrif Deptartment's efforts to save some abused and neglected pit bulls. We briefly mentioned their disastrous attempt to contact PETA when it came time for the Sheriff to figure out what to do with the dogs they had just saved. Thinking that such a big, national orgainzation that advocates for animals could help them continue their rescue efforts, they reached out to PETA for help and advice.
"When we saw their response, I'm not even sure we finished reading it," Undersheriff Jerry Osborn said. "We just filed it in the 'loony bin' and completely ignored it. We knew immediately we had made a mistake and just moved on."
PETA has clearly defined itself as an organization that hates people more than it cares about animals. Many people in pit bull circles as well as other breed rescue and animal welfare areas know of PETA's hypocracy. It has been discussed several times by our friends at KC Dog Blog such as this post and this one. Diane Jessup has some strong words on the issue as well.
Sadly many people not familiar with the goings on in the animal welfare, husbandry and rescue worlds do not know the truth about PETA. The Sumner County Sheriff Department found out the hard way. Well, they shared the letter that PETA sent them in response to a request for help, and now we get to share that letter with you...our way. We inserted some of our thoughts and observations with the text from PETA's letter to better show the "big picture."
The cover page of the fax clearly has their logo and letterhead displayed at the top.
At the bottom of the cover page we are graced with a "description" that belies the true content of the following pages.
Unless those animals are pit bulls. To top it all off the cover sheet paragraph closes with:
What a bunch of patronizing a$$holes. So we know the letter is from the People for the ETHICAL Treatment of Animals, we know they are dedicated to protecting animals and we know they like to talk to the sheriff's department like they're a bunch of 10 year old boys. We can expect from here that the sagely advice they give on page two will really help the sheriff save these dogs...right?
Well before they get to the helpful advice, they have to establish how important they are:
Obviously, knowing that PETA has more than 2 million
suckers they've fooled into thinking they actually care about animals supporters is helpful right now. Without the proper fan fare, instructions on how to care for dogs one has seized in a cruelty case are just more difficult to read. It's PETA's humility that lets us know that with them it is really all about the animals first.
Here we go with the patronizing stuff again. Remember how happy they are to have such "animal crusaders" working in Sumner County. It becomes important later.
With the heaviest of hearts I'm sure. This has become PETA's answer to most things "dog" and all things "pit bull." Remember how they are they are "dedicated to protecting animals?" Remember earlier when they were so happy to have such "conscientious individuals" in Sumner County? Why? If the sheriff would have just shot the dogs on site and left them to rot at the end of their chain it would accomplish the same thing that PETA is proposing here. You'll notice a "likely" and a "possibly" in there too, showing that PETA did a thorough investigation of the case before they recommended the whole-sale slaughter of these dogs by the people who were supposed to be saving them.
That sentence was so long that by the time they finished writing it they weren't even sure what they were saying. Basically, killing the dogs is the most humane option for the dogs because it will prevent the dogs from falling back into the hands of the people the sherrif just took them from...with some other great sounding stuff in the middle - if you look real closely towards the end they imply that killing these dogs will somehow "end dog fighting and associated behavior." This sentence alone deserves it's own post. But alas, we must move on:
Actually, while this has happened, it is uncommon. Particularly in this instance where the dogs are being kept behind 20' fences topped with razor wire in the jail yard. That would be the dog-retrieval-break-in movie of the year, bar none. But PETA has to put this in for good measure to
scare educate the sheriff as to the danger of keeping these dogs.
This part is great. This is where they rely on 30 year old data from outdated studies and old science to talk about statistics and animal behavior. Where does their expertise come from I wonder...is it all the statisticians and animal behaviorists they get to pose naked for their ad campaigns? Indeed.
Well, I suppose that's true. Just like killing all animals would ensure none of them is ever exploited by a human again. In fact, if we kill all the animals on earth, none of them would ever have to die again. It's so simple. If you really love something and want to protect it - kill it. You heard it from PETA first. (Coming soon: People for the Ethical Treatment of Children)
Page 3 continues:
Here we go again with all the wisdom they have gleaned from their naked experts. Also in here is "likelihood" and "probably" showing all the first hand involvement they have had with this case. And we all know how notoriously unpredictable pit bulls can be. So unpredictable they are used in law enforcement and therapy and assistance registries are willing to cover them with $1 million in liability insurance when they are on visits.
Page 3 finishes up with instructions on how to legally go about destroying these dogs as quickly as possible. Then after all the fear-mongering and recommending death to the dogs it concludes with this gem:
So are you PETA, so are you.