Animal rights activists do not care about your animal’s welfare
Animal rights activists do not care about your animal’s welfare
Just when you thought you were safe from politics, my column, normally focused on rural life, has a political hot potato this month. But this is not liberal vs conservative politics; it’s city vs country. As the percentage of us that grew up and/or still live on, or who have family that live on farms in rural areas shrinks, the animal rights movement continues to grow and shape attitudes about animals. So let me make an important distinction: Animal rights is not about what is best for animals, not wildlife and not domestic animals, including farm animals and your pet cat or dog. Animal welfare groups do seek to ensure all animals have humane treatment and basic needs met; animal rights and the activists that push that agenda, have very little to do with caring for animals in a humane manner and everything to do with humanizing them and insisting they need to be treated as equals with people.
Those of us that own, and make our living from the raising, training or breeding of animals, do so because of our love for them. It’s hard work for very low pay to provide them with the best possible care, including seeking professional advice when needed. And that advice, including their housing, land requirements, nutrition and veterinary care, does not come from the ranks of the animal rights activists. Indeed, few if any have actual experience or knowledge of animal husbandry. As more and more people grow up with only Walt Disney’s portrayal of animals, the animal rights movement has gained enormous foothold and influence over how we think of them. Indeed, the very notion that we should be the guardians and not the owners of our cattle, chickens, horses, pigs, dogs and cats would’ve been laughable 20 years ago, but now it’s become the norm, along with the ridiculous ideology that all animals should have equal or greater rights than humans.
Because their influence has become so insidious, the agenda of animal rights activists has gotten bigger, bolder and more ambitious, even in rural areas. Last month, a notorious radical animal rights activist who holds the position of humane investigator in my area, trespassed onto my farm and left a note about two old retired horses, one of whom looks thin from a distance. She tried to make a case for neglect under the guise of “I’m just doing my job.” This investigator has zero training in animal care or husbandry and worse, operates a lucrative pet shop that sells seized animals to wealthy local residents. And with the rise of people moving here from cities, she has a captive pool of buyers more than willing to open their pocketbooks and assuage their consciences in order to appear politically correct. Publicly available information shows her operation nets a cool 7 digits annually, tax free; and is incorporated in Delaware. Despite a court ruling in 2003 that it was a conflict of interest for humane investigators to sell or profit from seized animals, this one not only held her position, she continues to seize and sell. Indeed, after that ruling most investigator positions were scrapped—except here. And here she was, taking a bead on my farm.
Horses, at any stage of their lives but particularly as they age, are not cheap to keep; I’m very fortunate to be able to retire mine at my farm. The ones in the crosshairs of the pet shop owner’s agenda are living a peaceful retirement on my farm. One is 26 and the other is 27 years old—ancient by equine standards. I’ve owned them since they were 3 and 5; over 20 years. The older one has an old age condition called Cushings disease, which among other symptoms caused him to lose muscle mass on his back and hindquarters although elsewhere he’s well padded. In other words, like a lot of old men, he’s got a bony ass but a big belly. The horses live on 30 acres of lush, well-tended pasture with two spring fed ponds plus a large run in barn for shade in summer and shelter in winter. They’re fed twice daily, fly sprayed in summer and blanketed or brought into the stable in winter and they receive regular veterinary and dental care. A neighbor who heard of the accusations, remarked that if she died she’d like to come back as one of my animals; no one that knows me has ever questioned their care. After responding to the investigator’s inquisition and politely explaining about their age, infirmities and care, she lost interest, perhaps realizing the horses wouldn’t be worth seizing as they might be hard to sell at her pet shop. She did inform me that, no, the one horse did not have Cushings. Seriously? As if I should choose to believe a trust fund scion who’s only seen the horse from a distance over my regular veterinarian who knows him.
Political correctness permeates all facets of our lives, from the words we say to the things we buy, to the pets we share our lives with. Don’t hurt anyone’s feelings. Don’t waste energy. Buy green. Recycle. Animals deserve the same rights as people. Let’s think about that for a minute: should a wharf rat or a cockroach have the same rights as a human child? Not in my world.
Then there’s the wildly successful “adopt, don’t shop” myth. Don’t buy from an evil breeder, adopt from a shelter, because for every dog purchased from a breeder, a shelter dog dies. Really? Will the young woman who impulsively bought a fluffy dog to carry around in her purse and is now tired of it, not discard it because you adopted your dog from a shelter? What about the family who got a puppy for their son hoping to get him away from the computer? The son didn’t want the puppy, the parents are tired of taking care of it, and it’s destroying the yard. Will
they drop it off at a shelter or all of a sudden grow a spine, accept responsibility, socialize and train the puppy and keep it for life? The sad reason shelters stay full is because people buy animals on impulse with no knowledge of how to raise, train and care for it. And, sadly, anyone who breeds animals or even simply buys a purebred from a breeder, is portrayed as an evil, deranged monster engaging in criminally suspect activity. It’s become a badge of political correctness to flaunt rescued animals, the more abusive of a past they had (even if it’s a made-up lie) the better.
An increasing number of rescues are not only entering the breeding business themselves, they’re doing mass importation of unvaccinated animals from foreign countries to sell. Importing dogs from mostly third world countries puts all, including our own pets, at risk of disease. Far too many rescues, and even some animal shelters, make a tidy profit from selling pets; they simply call the sale price an adoption fee. Not all, of course—we have many local shelters that operate through mostly volunteer labor and donations and do a very good job. These shelters, many of which have humane or SPCA in the name, have no affiliation and receive no funding from national groups with similar sounding names. The Humane Society of the United States, ASPCA and PETA do not operate a single shelter; in fact PETA euthanizes nearly 100 percent of animals turned over to it. These three giants are lobbying groups that like you to think they’re involved in sheltering stray or homeless animals for fund raising purposes. And they’re good at fund raising, disingenuously leading you to believe donations go to actual animal care. But nearly all their billions are spent on salaries and perks for their executives and on lobbying to pass laws making it hard if not impossible for people to own animals.
If you’re in the market for a pet, it’s vital to be honest about what you want and what best suits your lifestyle. Nothing precludes a shelter dog from becoming a perfect pet—many end up there through no fault of their own or their owners, not because they were untrainable, unhealthy or old. The best way to get a dog with predictable looks, temperament and health is to research and pick a good breeder, one that will be available for help or with questions. Learn about diseases and genetic conditions common to the breed you’re interested in, and what kind of screens for these conditions the breeder performs on their dogs. In sum, recognize that any animal is a commitment for its lifetime, so buying one should be researched as carefully and thoroughly as any other major purchase. More animals end up in shelters from bad owners than bad breeders.
The author has a horse farm where she boards horses; and hunts, trains and competes with purebred Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and can be reached directly at email@example.com about this article.
9 thoughts on “Animal rights activists do not care about your animal’s welfare”
What a load of bullsh**. If you ‘love’ the animals in your care, you don’t kill them…send them to slaughter. If you love wild animals, you don’t kill them. You don’t defend puppy mills and others that neglect and abuse animals. If you love animals, you want there to be people out there looking out for the welfare of animals including farm animals…like animal cruelty investigators. And if you’re treating animals humanely, then you shouldn’t need to fear nor criticize those who put the welfare of animals health, safety and care in high regard. Period.
Cari, spoken like a true “animal rights” brainwashed sheeple. You are spouting the anti-animal-use propaganda the “true believers” use to try to force people to believe as they do (to eliminate animal use altogether). If that’s not how you really feel, PLEASE RESEARCH!
Absolutely SPOT ON article. The animal rights agenda is to eliminate animal use in our society, and no one says it more honestly than PeTA: “better dead than bred”. Other animal rights organizations use deceitful flimflamming of the public via the first comment on this article—total animal rights B.S.
PETA is a nut group. That being said (and I’ll stand by it), I don’t see any justification for slamming the concept of adoption. I DO have a problem with the word, “owner”, but I simply prefer the concept of “stewardship”, which, to me, implies far more responsibility. ‘Owners” do simply that – they own, with no obligation to care for. The article has its good point and bad points.
One of the major problems with these animal rights radicals is that they have severely limited knowledge of the appropriate care required for different animal species or breeds. They IMAGINE what should be done or what is correct.They simply do not have the background to push for confiscations, or to direct the care for animals. There have been several outstanding cases where the “confiscating agency” managed to physically harm and even kill birds and animals during their “rescue” efforts. These shameless ideologues are a threat to responsible owners and to healthy animals.
I love this article!! People need to know the difference between animal rights and animal welfare. Vegans and their attitudes, trying to be so perfectly correct about everything, have gone so far off the deep end that they can’t even be taken seriously anymore. Animal rights activists have crazy beliefs, one of which is to rehome all seeing eye dogs and working dogs because they work for free. They want to ban horse carriage rides, saying that working horses are somehow mistreated.
I am a horse owner and I love him to pieces. I worry about him, though. I see farms being raided by animal rights lunatics, and animals stolen from their farms. If that were to happen to my boy I would be devastated.
Farms have decided to shut down from the pressure of animal rights clans. The constant harassment and threats, phone calls, raids, and animals stolen have had farms like the Gippy Goat decide to just retire and shut down. The Gippy Goat was a goat dairy farm. They didn’t even kill animals, but nothing is good enough for them. Law enforcement didn’t do enough to stop these terrorists from invading their business, either.
Anyway, thanks for the great article! I loved the part where your animal enforcement pet shop lady told you your horse doesn’t have Cushings! Like she’d know!! I had an old man horse with Cushings as well, and you described your gelding well.
I hope in the after life you get a taste of what torture humans subject animals to here and now.
This is a fantastic article. The mainstream media needs to read it. Not to mention the Animal Rights groups with 6 figure salaries and money banked in offshore accounts. Why is that money not spent on the animals they claim it is? #DonateLocally
I appreciate that all of you have a passion for and love of the animals that are found in this country and all around the planet including, but not limited to, those we choose to keep as pets. I do feel however that once we begin to try and place our own beliefs concerning those animals on others we lose sight of what is truly important which is the humane treatment of those animals. I don’t expect that you will agree with me but the humanity we exhibit towards those animals needs to be addressed through history, education, and the most current science available along with what the Bible says if I should be so bold. History along with the most current science shows irrefutable evidence that without the use of animals for a source of food that without the components found in them as a food source, that can only be properly processed by humans and used in the most efficient and effective manner the manner in which was intended, you don’t have the necessary components to see civilizations are built. Think the pyramids of Egypt, the armies of the Roman Empire, and even the cultural organizations of Native American Tribes such as the Iroquois. Without the nutritious ingredients available only through the consuming of meat, not just protein, the ancient Egyptians were able to build a massive society with many of the beginnings of what would become the United States would have never happened without the energy needed to build the pyramids along with great buildings and the tools as well as weapons to safeguard their cities. The Roman Empire along with many other societies of the time were able to move civilizations even further with concepts that eluded to freedoms for its first like the right to vote and developed such wonders as aqueducts to move water into the cities for drinking long distances and sewer systems to move waste out but the Romans claim to fame, even beyond their ruthless sporting events held in the colosseum, was their armies that were fed meat to energize the bodies which would fight to expand the Empire, and protect it, to levels few others would accomplish in history. Without the brains behind the Iroquois tribes document of peace our Constitution may not be what it is today but without the consuming of meat to fuel the power of their minds. In each step forward from antiquity until now the domestication of and the hunting for meat to be consumed has fueled our bodies to do the work our brains to engineer the structures and our minds to produce the ideas that has literally built what is now the greatest nation the world has ever seen. I agree with the fact that much of what is viewed today as animal rights activism was born from the propaganda sent out by Disney who coincidentally was so good at the process of brain washing propaganda they were hired by our United States to produce propaganda cartoons during the war with the Nazis. It is that point which needs to be driven home, not that I am right and you are wrong, we both love animals but you are misinformed even the science often used to support lifestyles like a very dangerous vegan diet were sold to the American public through lies and propaganda involving scientists from Harvard, one who would go on to be the director of the USDA, who were paid at least once an amount of $50,000 each by the sugar barons to make look bad the consuming of meat because of fat and cholesterol content even placing undo blame that it was the #1 cause of heart disease, and the creator of the well known food pyramid we were all taught in grade school. I personally am a dog owner, trainer, and hunter who never trains dogs with treats but according to their naturally born traits to be a pack animal at the end of the day I want to bond with and allow a desire born from duty and love to drive the animals that will be protecting my family and by side in the field hunting. It is that love and respect for animals I will end with but because I know some will disagree with this part most of all I want to make clear that at no point have I insulted your view or attempted to force mine on yours but through love my my own for all people tried to show where it is the argument that we lose sight of what is important a differing view should not mean division but a strengthening of the knowledge that we are all here today for a reason and a purpose. As a hunter I am well informed and knowledgeable of the type of person that typically makes up this segment of society and despite popular belief at no time in history has any one society been all hunters or even half there has always been those who were born to do it just like an artist or a teacher and as such I think it prudent to inform you that within the American society there is no one group of people that cares for and places a higher priority on the animals we hunt or the environments in which they are found. We put more time, effort, and money into improving habitats and seeing animal protections are made law than anyone and it is through what is now called wildlife conservation that we now see higher populations of all animals, not just the ones we hunt, than ever in the history of this continent! I get that some hunters are by nature not good stewards of the land or the animals found in them but neither are all animal rights activists good stewards for when you take just one cute baby seal, a propaganda move pioneered and then taken advantage of by Disney in his early days to profit, and make it the poster child for animal abuses without considering the consequences that is not being a good steward of nature or of your fellow man. Does a handful of bad individuals get the right to darken either your view or mine and God help it if it does because then we are left with only their legacies to the future generations. Educate yourself not about the evils you can find in what I think and what I do but with the knowledge that would immediately allow you to know that the author loves animals as much as you do it shows in the determination to care for those horses equip yourself with you can learn from the other side that I guarantee you has a deeper understanding and respect for what they have taken and the gift of where they are in each and every trip outdoors wether they are successful or not on a hunt than anyone could possible have sitting at home staring at a computer screen.