What is happening now?
What will be the Future of Dogs?No on California AB 1634
Healthy Pets Act"Choosing a 'feel good' perky name for a bill perpetuates the GRAND deceptionA wave of increasing awareness of Anti-animal legislation is coming to the fore.
Especially in the past, but to a lesser degree now, people have thought that some of these us versus them
Animal Rights issues are alarmist, paranoid, or maybe a bit silly. Some still do.
A major wake-up call is underfoot.The Future of Dogs
is a well written booklet by Walt Hutchens. It is available for reading online. EDIT:
From the site: "You are welcome to use it in any way it might help you in the fight to maintain our right to own animals. All we ask is that it be properly accredited to Walt Hutchens, Timbreblue Whippets, Virginia, and that you do not change any of the content."
I just contacted him and tweaked this section. Walt says, "[...] the printed booklet is for sale to anyone for any purpose -- not just educational use. It's conceivable that a club could sell them at shows as a fund raiser."
This is a great booklet to provide to new puppy owners, friends and relatives to help spread awareness of what is happening at the legislative front and why it is happening in the first place.
I quote a little from the materials here, but encourage everyone concerned to go read
and/or go to this link to purchase hardcopies
for distribution, to help spread awareness of what is happening.Most people are not into Animal Rights at 100%, they are not extreme. The AR movement depends on the non extremists to do most of their work.
[AR breaks down their goals] into small chunks that sound good and sell them one chunk at a time to good-hearted, often busy, people. But the chunks are put together to make something that none of us would ever have approved.
- "People need homes. Please donate to buy a brick."
- Then they use the bricks to build a prison.
---> Many supporters believe that eating meat is wrong.
---> Others think that medical research using animals is unnecessary and cruel.
---> Yet others believe most pet owners are irresponsible.
It is those people -- the ones who are deeply committed to their own small parts of animal rights -- who are the foot soldiers, carrying the movement forward.
Fewer than a thousand run the AR corporations, make the plans, draft the laws, organize the conferences, deliver the speeches, and do the on-the-floor lobbying. Tens of thousands back laws in narrow areas: animal rescuers may support anti-tethering laws to stop irresponsible owners', misguided home breeders back anything labeled as fighting puppy mills,' and animal shelters support close regulation of pet breeders and rescuers.
The money to support the animal rights agenda comes from millions of Americans who love animals and who, without understanding how their money will actually be used, mail checks to HSUS, PeTA, and other lesser known AR organizations.
How Animal Rightists Pass Laws
1. They invent problems or magnify small ones. The real problems generally are much less than the good that comes from the same activity but we are only told about the problems.
2. The animal rightists batter public officials to solve the problems they've announced. Although they are a small minority, they never stop complaining.
3. When officials say "Okay, tell us what to do," the ARs are there with examples of laws passed in other places. They cite misleading or phoney statistics, even outright lies about the success of the law and if pressed on the issue, simply repeat their views.
- For example when they're proclaiming "horrible pet overpopulation" they promote laws requiring all pets to be spayed or neutered and requirements for hobby breeders to get expensive licenses and permits. "This law was a big success in San Mateo," they say.
- If you tell them "This law did not work in San Mateo County" -- they say "This law was a big success in San Mateo."
Surprisingly, when the subject is unfamiliar, the bigger the lie, the more likely people are to believe it. This 'big lie' tactic isn't often encountered by lawmakers and since doing independent research is time-consuming, they often end by accepting the lies.
- If you answer "But the shelter euthanasia numbers went up, and licensing went down in San Mateo," -- they say "This law was a big success in San Mateo."
4. Since the new laws never solve the 'problem,' the ARs seek greater punishments and still more laws to help enforce the old ones, such as a requirement for all pets to be microchipped with the numbers in a government database. They talk only of the good effects . "This will help more lost pets get home" -- although the real purpose is to catch people who are violating their other laws.
They can nearly always find important organizations that will support the proposal because (for example) "Veterinarians can't be against a law that just improves enforcement of something that's already the law."
5. As one law begins to spread, a new 'problem' is identified and the next step begins -- go back to #1, above.
To read the whole thing, go here to the FUTURE OF DOGS