The Onion Mocks PeTA

September 5, 2009

“Buy One Get One Killed”

November 26, 2008

PETA ran an appalling ad campaign Dog Fancy magazine. They put an ad offering a free gift bag to purchasers of purebred puppies. When you call the 1-800 number you discover it is actually a body bag for the “dog you killed” by purchasing a purebred puppy instead of a shelter dog. They have also produced companion videos.

This is the most unethical and mean-spirited propaganda campaign I have ever heard of outside of a George Orwell novel.

Click to Watch Video

Click to Watch Video


Perhaps the best place to start is the hypocrisy. According to their own records PETA kills over 90% of the animals placed in their care, close to 20,000 dogs in a 10-year period.

Where’s the moral equivalence? I’m not responsible for the action of others.

A dog which has been abandoned to a shelter for some reason (perhaps there is something wrong with it?) is not equivalent to a puppy hand-raised by a knowledgeable and dedicated breeder.

The Big Lie

PETA and HSUS have huge budgets in the hundreds of millions of dollars that they receive in donations from animal lovers. Rather than use that money to attempt to reform shelters, they go on killing dogs and cats. Then they produce propaganda campaigns blaming the killing that they themselves endorse and participate in on purebred dog/cat owners and breeders. What they really want to do is just eliminate all of the dogs and cats by eliminating the breeders. That’s the big lie.

Wayne Pacelle was on the Kojo Nambe show, a local DC politics radio show on WAMU, our local public radio station. Mr. Pucelle is extremely careful to try to sound reasonable. He’s trying to back away from the label of “animal rights” in favor of “animal protection” or “animal welfare” because he claims to not believein natural rights at all. He says his goal is to build the HSUS to be a “formidable political player” along the model of the NRA. He talks about puppy mills and defines them to contain thousands of animals, but I know the reality is that the HSUS is promoting onerous rules to discourage breeding dogs in homes.

Pucelle claims that a shelter is the best place to procure a dog. The best place to procure a dog is not at a shelter. The best place is from a caring breeder.

One thing Pucelle said was correct: “A lot of people view animals as property. They haven’t kind of crossed the threshold of recognizing them as living, breathing, fealing creatures.”

That’s right. Domestic animals are property and the right to own property is protected by the US Constitution. My dogs are living breathing creatures that belong to me. I don’t want that to change to animals being wards of the State or the HSUS.

He talks about fringe activites as rationales for stripping the rights from eveyone else. One of the callers accused him of dissembling in order to get the camel’s nose under the tent and he evaded the question. I found the interview chilling.

I’m dissapointed in Kojo for hosting this softball interview which amounted to a fundraiser for the HSUS.

Get your girls the puppy they deserve and that you promised them.

A friend commented today that Mr. Obama should not feel compelled to get a shelter dog. I couldn’t agree more. Mr. Obama should not feel compelled to get a dog from a shelter. He should get the dog that is right for his family.

The primary criterion for the Obama household is that the Malia Obama is allergic to dog dander. They need a hypoallergenic dog. That list is fairly rarified1:

  • Poodle
  • Wheaton Terrier
  • Schnauzer
  • Portugese Water Dog
  • Bichon Frise
  • Mexican Hairless (Xoloitzcuintli)
  • A few miniature breeds

The thing is that all of these are purebred. Why isn’t that OK? Mr. Obama noted that most shelter dogs “tend to be muts. Like me.” The problem is that it is harder to be sure that the dog will be hypoallergenic.

The AKC ran a poll this summer which concluded that the Obama’s should get a poodle. A standard poodle is a great dog. If that is too French or something, then I suggest a Portuguese Water Dog. I generally think a medium to large dog is best with kids because they are both energetic and durable enough to be a lot of fun and a great companion.

While it is is possible to get a great dog from a shelter it is more likely to get a dog that has some emotional and/or health problems. Is that the best thing for children to experience as their first dog?

Futhermore, I watched Mr. Obama give a very moving victory speech November 4th. He promised those kids a puppy. A puppy is not the same as an adult shelter dog. There is a special magic to raising a puppy. The Obama girls are in for a whirlwind of craziness. They deserve to have the special joy of raising a puppy as a part of their childhood.

Mr. Obama, don’t let the Animal Rights lobby take that away from your girls. Give them the puppy you promised.

1This list is not comprehensive.

Proposition 2 Passed

November 7, 2008

California voters passed Proposition 2 to enshrine the right for chickens to have larger cages and also Proposition 8 to take away marriage rights for same-sex couples.

I leave it to Tom Toles to say it with a cartoon.

(c) Tom Toles,

(c) Tom Toles,

Over the weekend, I read an article on the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and California’s Proposition 2 november ballot initiative in the NY Times Magazine. The gist is that duing the November 4 presidential elections in California people will be voting on whether to limit the confinement of farm animals.

The official summary of the law is this:

  • Requires that calves raised for veal, egg-laying hens and pregnant pigs be confined only in ways that allow these animals to lie down, stand up, fully extend their limbs and turn around freely.
  • Exceptions made for transportation, rodeos, fairs, 4-H programs, lawful slaughter, research and veterinary purposes.
  • Provides misdemeanor penalties, including a fine not to exceed $1,000 and/or imprisonment in jail for up to 180 days.

It sounds reasonable, right? Everyone can agree that animals should not be treated cruelly, but let’s remember that it is already illegal to keep animals in a cruel manner. The law is redundant and it is also potentially dangerous. It is no accident that they are targeting California rather than Iowa with this measure. Iowans would be more likely to realize that the purpose of farrowing pens is to protect piglets from being crushed under the sow, for example.

The real purpose of this law – which was drafted by the HSUS and the Farm Sanctuary and is endorsed by PETA among other Animal Rights groups – is to to take a step toward changing the legal status of animals from property to sentient entities embued with natural rights and from there to equate animal husbandry with slavery and eliminate domestic animals. Does that sound paranoid?

Here are some eye opening quotes.

“We have no ethical obligation to preserve the different breeds of livestock produced through selective breeding …One generation and out. We have no problems with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective breeding.”
Wayne Pacelle, President of the HSUS

The HSUS president wants to give domesticated animals so many rights that it is impossible to keep them. Free to be extinct. Others Animal Rights leaders are apparently self-loathing and would just as soon see humans extinct for the good of the animals.

“The life of an ant and the life of my child should be accorded equal respect.”
Michael W. Fox, Sr. Scholar at HSUS

“I am not a morose person, but I would rather not be here. I don’t have any reverence for life, only for the entities themselves. I would rather see a blank space where I am. This will sound like fruitcake stuff again but at least I wouldn’t be harming anything.”
Ingrid Newkirk, PETA

A little know provision of this law is that it grants vigilante authority to any group of greater than 20 citizens that form a non-profit anti-cruelty corporation.

Under California Corporations Code Sections 10400 – 10406: “Corporations for the prevention of cruelty to… animals… may be formed under the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law… by 20 or more persons, who shall be citizens and residents of this state.”

Be very skeptical of Proposition 2.

Rather than enacting punitive new laws that create a vigilante poultry police, we should be looking at the insanity of our Farm Bill which has destroyed the family farmer in favor of a corporate-owned mass production system that basically converts petroleum into food. It is because of our bizarre farm subsidies that we live in an insane world where a Big Mac with fries and a Coke costs less than a head of broccoli.