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Friday, February 27, 2009

Game of Inches - Link to 7 Things You Didn't Know about HSUS

Erica Saunders has a brilliant and timely piece that I will quote here.
February 25
"Life's a game of inches"

If I could ask for something practical and easy from the dog community, breeders & owners, competitors & judges, field and show, rescue & re-sellers, handlers & groomers, I would ask every single one to spend 5 minutes watching the locker room speech in the movie "Any Given Sunday"

"We’re in hell right now, gentlemen, believe me. And, we can stay here -- get the shit kicked out of us -- or we can fight our way back into the light. We can climb outta hell one inch at a time."

We are the team in that locker room, fighting each other, looking out for our interest and playing it safe to protect our piece. We've been losing ground for years because we haven't pulled together in the same direction.

"But, you only learn that when you start losing stuff. You find out life’s this game of inches."

Some of us have lost already, animals taken becuase laws have been passed to circumvent due process and remove right to appeal. Municipal laws have been added to apply dog limits and push us out of the community, out of sight & out of mind. Care standards are judged by officials without training or experience in animal husbandry or animal behavior.

"The inches we need are everywhere around us. They’re in every break of the game, every minute, every second."

Everytime we have a dog in public we can fight the fight. We can talk to parents & children. We can carry copies of "7 things you don't know about the HSUS" and offer them to every person who spots to pet or comment on our dog(s). We can fax copies to government representatives. We can contact every puppy owner ever sold to and update them on the current situation, letting them know what is at risk. We can ask pet stores to hand out flyers providing the truth about the HSUS and PETA. (Yes, I said pet stores) We can ask vets, pet food manufacturers and pet supply stores to get involved. Every time we spend a dollar on a dog, we can ask that business "What are you doing to protect the rights to breed/own pet and further the future of YOUR business?" We can bring the brochures/letters/fax sheets to the businesses to hand out and send in. We can ask them for their support so that we can support them. We can contact the AGENTS & PUBLICISTS of celebrity endorsers to advise them of the controversial aspects of PETA and HSUS.

"In any fight, it’s the guy who’s willing to die who’s gonna win that inch."

These little everday efforts, or their lack, are going to be what wins or loses the fights. AR groups have momentum on their side. They have points on the board, lots of them. They have players in reserve ready to be called up, fresh and full of strength.

"And, either we heal, now, as a team, or we will die as individuals."

And that is the simple truth, either we band together, mobilize and push back or we will be picked off in death by attrition and marginalization

"That's all it is.
Now, what are you gonna do?"

That's the question of the hour. What are YOU going to do?
Me? I'm going to go re-watch that speech and think up more chinks in the AR armour.
See you on the field.

Erica Saunders
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Quotes courtesy of http://www.americanrhetoric.com/MovieSpeeches/specialengagements/moviespeechonanygivensunday.html
Speech available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myyWXKeBsNk

http://animal-rights-isreligion.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!592FC2F8FE625291!160.entry

Related:- another link here about "7 Things You Didn't Know about HSUS".

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