Sunday, January 17, 2016

Beware the Rat-Lovers Conspiracy!

The organization calling itself People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is probably crowing over its latest victories: forcing Barnum and Bailey's circus to give up its performing elephants, after a century of displaying them, and steadily running Sea World (and its marine studies division) out of business.  Flushed with victory, PETA has let slip that the next step in its agenda is to get rid of all circus animal acts.  Apparently there are enough gullible people out there, with more money than sense, who are happy to contribute millions to PETA every year.

But cracks are appearing in the facade;  more and more animal welfare organizations are turning on PETA and publishing revelations of its real behavior and intentions.  As the director of Humane Farm Animal Care reveals:

"I don’t think you can stand in the way of progress for farm animals, euthanize more dogs and cats than other animal shelters, and still call yourself a “humane” organization.

"The PETA animal shelter in Norfolk, Va., euthanizes dogs and cats in far greater numbers than does other animal shelters in Virginia.  According to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, PETA has euthanized more than 33,514 animals since 1998 at its Norfolk shelter. In 2014, the group euthanized 2,454 of the 3,369 cats, dogs and other animals there. Most were “surrenders” – pets turned into shelters by their previous owners. Only 23 dogs and 16 cats were adopted.

"By contrast, the Lynchburg Humane Society (LHS), also in Virginia, took in about the same number of animals as PETA in 2014, but saved 94 percent of its homeless pets. Other animal shelters in the state found homes for more than 90 percent of their animals, and without the $51,933,001 that PETA raised in contributions and merchandising in 2014.

"Tabitha Frizzell Hanes, of the Richmond SPCA, once wrote on the shelter’s blog, “Over the past decade, as save rates at private shelters across Virginia have risen and euthanasia rates have fallen, the PETA facility euthanizes the animals it takes in at a rate of about 90 percent. It is out of step with the progress being made for our state’s homeless animals for a private shelter to operate not with the purpose of finding animals adoptive homes, but almost entirely to take their lives.”

"Meanwhile, the elimination of pets rather than finding the animals new homes appears to be something PETA embraces. PETA President Ingrid Newkirk once admitted, I would go to work early, before anyone got there, and I would just kill the animals myself … I must have killed a thousand of them, sometimes dozens every day. The animals…got the gift of euthanasia, and to them it was the best gift they’ve ever had. How dare you pretend to help animals and turn your back on those who want an exit from an uncaring world!”"

Now personally I have never seen an animal indicate that it wants "an exit from an uncaring world".  But it gets worse.

"According to an article published in the Huffington Post in 2015, a former PETA employee, Heather Harper-Troje, the wife of a U.S. diplomat, alleged that Newkirk authorized her and other employees to steal and kill pets, then falsify records in order to cover their tracks. Harper-Troje said, “If we felt an animal was in immediate danger we would steal them . . . It was what she told us to do — it was standard operating procedure . . . If you adopt out dogs you steal then you leave a trail, in theory. If they just go poof, there is no trail.”

"America has been hoodwinked to think that PETA wants to help animals, when in fact it wants to eliminate pet ownership and sever all our ties with the animal kingdom.

"PETA’s Web site and print material states: 
“Pet ownership is an absolutely abysmal situation brought about by human manipulation.”

“Let us allow the dog to disappear from our brick and concrete jungles — from our firesides, from the leather nooses and chains by which we enslave it.”

“The cat, like the dog, must disappear…We should cut the domestic cat free from our dominance by neutering, neutering, and more neutering, until our pathetic version of the cat ceases to exist.”

“As John Bryant has written in his book ‘Fettered Kingdoms,’ they [pets] are like slaves, even if well-kept slaves.”

“In a perfect world, all other than human animals would be free of human interference, and dogs and cats would be part of the ecological scheme.”

[Dogs] would pursue their natural lives in the wild…they would have full lives, not wasting at home for someone to come home in the evening and pet them and then sit there and watch T.V.”

“The bottom line is that people don’t have the right to manipulate or to breed dogs and cats. If people want toys, they should buy inanimate objects. If they want companionship, they should seek it with their own kind.”

"That will not likely sit well with the estimated 70 million to 80 million dogs and 74 million to 96 million cats living with people in the United States. [Source: American Pet Product Association]

"As the executive director for Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC), I have spent 35 years working on animal protection issues. After seeing laying hens crammed in cages and pigs confined to gestation crates, I launched HFAC in 2003 to improve the lives of farm animals raised for food.

"However, HFAC’s mission is not to turn everyone into vegans. With 95 percent of the U.S. eating meat, HFAC offers a realistic approach to helping farm animals with standards of care written by the world’s top animal welfare scientists. These standards ensure farm animals cage-free, allowed to exhibit natural behaviors, receive humane care throughout their lives, and includes humane slaughter guidelines. The standards also require the animals’ diets are free from hormones, antibiotics, and animal by-products. HFAC uses third-party independent inspectors to perform audits for the Certified Humane Raised and Handled® program, which has grown from 143,000 farm animals in 2003 to more than 103 million farm animals today in four countries.

"All too often animal rights groups such as PETA sabotage farm animal welfare progress. Although they may appear to attack factory farming, they go after animal welfare groups such as ours that are trying to improve the lives of farm animals. They would rather see farm animals suffer to promote their agenda than support compassionate standards and systemic change to the farm animal system. That’s the height of hypocrisy to me.  They would rather go after companies and farmers who have actually worked very hard to raise the animals the right way.

"A growing number of farmers, producers, grocery stores, and retailers who want to improve the lives of farm animals, are under constant pressure by PETA to halt this progress because PETA believes factory farming will result in more vegetarians and vegans. Recently, fast-food retailer, Tasty Burger succumbed to PETA’s pressure to drop HFAC’s Certified Humane Raised and Handled® label from its menu because as PETA puts it, “the only truly humane meal is a vegan meal.” PETA also went after Whole Foods, asking that firm to remove “humane,” “humanely-raised,” and “raised with care” from its marketing materials.

"Humane Society of the United States President Wayne Pacelle quickly came to Whole Foods’ defense, saying, “This is why I am troubled that PETA has chosen to sue Whole Foods in an apparent attempt to undermine or call into question the value of the GAP program.  This is counterproductive, especially in a marketplace where there are dozens of other chains nearly exclusively selling factory farm animal products. Not one of them has done as much as Whole Foods has to promote more plant-based eating and to advance farm animal welfare and fight factory farming in very practical terms.”

"PETA’s Newkirk was once quoted as saying, “Businesses are terrified. They have no idea what I’m going to do next.”

"People who choose to be vegans and vegetarians will not be persuaded to eat meat because of
HFAC’s standards. Putting pressure on businesses that want to make a difference for farm animals and keeping the status quo of factory farming alive only increases animal suffering. Any progress for animals is seen as a loss by PETA because it wants animals gone from our lives. That’s PETA’s warped strategy – a strategy that causes farm animals to continue to suffer in factory farms because that better supports their agenda.

"The fact that this group continues to portray itself as the humane stewards of animals is duplicitous. I don’t think you can call yourself “humane” while you’re standing in the way of the humane treatment of farm animals and euthanizing dogs and cats at a 99 percent rate at your shelter. They’re not interested in creating a humane world, only a world where our relationship with animals is broken. Does this sound like an organization working on “humane” changes for animals?"

In fact, PETA's agenda is not only inhumane, it's cruelly insane.  Humans have always lived with animals, and animals with us, and certain of those animals will not be willing to break the connection with us.  One in particular will definitely not go away willingly, and I don't just mean the cockroach.  There is one animal that not only eats, happily, all the foods we eat but will gladly eat us as well -- and also carries catastrophic diseases.  It infests all of our habitat, city or country, taking advantage of unprotected food stores and unprotected humans too.  In the countryside, its numbers are kept in check by bird, reptile, and mammal predators.  In cities, all that keeps its population down, besides regular poisoning by humans, is the presence of -- yes -- dogs and cats.  Get rid of all the dogs and cats, and this animal would swiftly overwhelm us.  There are already, according to the UN, more of this animal in the world than there are humans -- and there are 7 billion of us.

This animal is the rat -- particularly the brown rat, rattus norvegicus.  

The last time humans drove small dogs and cats away from a large geographic area, the result was an explosion of the rat population -- and the Black Plague, which killed one-third of the human population of Europe.  One has to wonder if the PETA people are ignorant of history.

Or, perhaps, given their famous slogan "A boy is a dog is a rat", they're perfectly aware of it -- and hopeful of a rerun.  They've revealed, many times, their real contempt for human beings.  They've said, many times, that there are too many humans in the world.  Iis this their plan for cutting our numbers down?

  --Leslie <;)))>< 


Anonymous said...

Ingrid Newkirk is a raving lunatic leading an organization of raving lunatics. Take a look at PeTA's website sometime---trying to rename fish as "sea kittens" is one prime example of their insanity. I will, reluctantly, give them points for consistency---they raised a fuss about a spider in a movie having its fangs extracted before a scene where it was dropped into an actress' mouth. Most animal-adorers draw the line at creepy-crawlies, and I do acknowledge that PeTA is more consistent than most such hemorrhaging valentine types.

This business of stealing and euthanizing people's pets, OTOH, is so far beyond the Moral Event Horizon that even I can't see it, and I am so evil, myself, that people think Voltaire wrote his song "When You're Evil" in my honor. (As it happens, I've never met the gentleman, but this sort of thing flatters me enormously.)

I know lots of pet owners, and they're all dreadfully distressed when their fur babies are so much as in pain, much less disappeared and not to be found! If those maniacs did that to the pets of people I care about, let us say that I would rouse out of my normal semi-torpor...and that is not a good thing. Not with my anger issues, retentive memory for anything nasty, and MENSA-qualified IQ!

Leslie Fish said...

Y'know, we really should spread the word to the world about what sadistic perverts the PETA people are -- and warn everyone that these pervs really will steal and kill your pets. Feel free to copy this blog entry and send it to anyone you know who'll be affected.

Magdalena Sz said...

Sorry for my English but I am not good at this.
I know that is very silly request but i have "big trouble".
I love your style of music and one day while i was searching for new sounds i found one song. And I had fallen in love.
But i can find full text nowhere. Only verses i found:

Tell your troubles to cats,
The night-walking cats,
The black cats of Althea Jane

Tell your troubles to cats,
Her messenger cats,
For she cures the poor folk of their pain.

I found only one record but quality is not good. I can't recognize most of words. If it is right and it is Your song please help me - i will be very very very thankful if you write it here.
You are my last hope!

Ps: I am zootechnician and animals are my work. I know that animal welfare is very important part of breeding. But i can't understrand this point of view shown in your article, PETA's point of view of course.
In Poland we don't have groups of activists who work in this way. But some of our local associations(most of them are connected to horses) have some strange ideas too. It sometime seems that horse riding and using horses for any "work" is harming for them. They buy old and invalid horses which are sold to the slaughterhouse.
In Poland there is big conflict about horses. They are livestock or companion animals. In law they are livestock but for many people they are companions and breeding them for meat is like eating dogs or cats.

Last thing i want to write is about animal owners. My master thesis is about dog feeding. Generally about structural carbohydrates in dogs diet. And i was very shocked when i found that vegan owners force animals to eat only vegetables. For dogs - ok they can live for short time on non meat diet but cats can't at all. Dogs shouldn't live on vegetable diet all they life... But people know better ;)

Technomad said...

The song you are looking for is on the album "Merovingen Nights," if memory serves. It was a tie-in to C.J. Cherryh's shared world anthologies about a planet called Merovingen.

I don't know if the album is still in print; I have a tape of it I got years ago at a con.

Magdalena Sz said...

Thanks !!! I think it is sad that we have worse availability of music or books here. I hope that i will know english well enough to read books in this language. It will be probably easier to find such good things :)

Technomad said...

Oops! My mistake---the album was Fever Season, and it was based on the Merovingen Nights series.

*going off to flog myself with a wet noodle*

Magdalena Sz said...

But i found it :) in the book - Smuggler's gold. It was very very helpful :)

KateGladstone said...

C. S. Lewis, as so often, summed it up most briefly and beat:

"Kindness consents very readily to the removal of its object – we have all met people whose kindness to animals is constantly leading them to kill animals lest they should suffer. Kindness, merely as such, cares not whether its object becomes good or bad, provided only that it escapes suffering.” — from THE PROBLEM OF PAIN.

KateGladstone said...

C. S. Lewis, as so often, summed it up most briefly and best:

"Kindness consents very readily to the removal of its object – we have all met people whose kindness to animals is constantly leading them to kill animals lest they should suffer. Kindness, merely as such, cares not whether its object becomes good or bad, provided only that it escapes suffering.” — from THE PROBLEM OF PAIN.