I love all animals and dogs in particular, I consider myself a caring compassionate person. But I have what I consider a balanced outlook. I feel that as long as we treat our food animals well and they have a good life and quick, painless and free of stress death, there is nothing wrong with using them for food. This means I do not agree with battery house chickens or factory farming. As far as possible I get free range poultry and pasture raised beef, I know that this statement will alienate some but I will stand true and defend my beliefs.
All animals have to be treated in and ethical way. This means as far as possible we give the animal the best possible life. Abusers who intentionally cause suffering should be prosecuted and those who abuse through ignorance should have their animals removed until they can demonstrate they understand the needs of that particular animal.
I admire the work that Temple Gardin has done in the field of farm animal welfare and treatment at the slaughter house. She has overcome her personal limitations to give us an insight on how animals respond to different stimulus and calming techniques.
According to the Humane Society’s website there are upwards of 10,000 puppy mills churning out dogs every day—many of which will either never see the light of day or will eventually end up on the street, in a shelter, and then eventually euthanized. Puppy mills are often the start for a miserable life for a dog.
In fact, the Humane Society states that more than 194,000 dogs “are kept solely for breeding in USDA-licensed facilities. Sadly, a license is not a guarantee of a breeder’s quality.” Nor is buying from a licensed facility any kind of a guarantee about a dog’s life. Some of their “breeding stock” never see the light of day and are kept in tiny and filthy pens and crates. Inbreeding is rampant and deformities and other life limiting and life threatening illnesses abound due to extreme neglect. And yet, two million puppies are sold each year from these puppy mills.
PETA a charity which name come from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals focus on pet animals, and in fact they believe that a pet animals is better of dead than having a loving home
Look, if PETA really wants to clean up their act and become the self-professed savior of animals that they call themselves, they should start with putting their efforts toward banning puppy mills. Right now, with regard to dogs, the majority of PETA’s efforts are going toward simply euthanizing every stray dog that comes into one of their so called “shelters”, including well-loved (but lost) family pets being euthanized within hours of intake and without being allowed a waiting period for their owners to find them.
I had many dogs both rescues that came from the Humane Society and from breeders. I couldn’t imagine buying a “designer dog” when there are so many wonderful dogs in need of a good home and, yet; PETA wants to pick on us? Why is that? Perhaps because that’s where the money is and PETA likes their bottom line. It’s nasty business going into a puppy mill. Have you ever seen one? Google it.
Statistics on PETA, self professed “savior” of animals
Using public records gathered from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, over the last 21 years, PETA’s kill rate comes in at an astounding average of 85%. PETA’s average rate of adoption over the last 21 years tallies in at 7%. According to numerous reports I’ve read on this, including this affidavit from a former PETA employee that states animals were routinely euthanized in a PETA van before they even arrived back at the shelter, most of PETA’s intakes are not at the shelter for more than 24-48 hours before being euthanized.
We humans have the earth as our home, and we must be guardians of it and all the animals and plants. Building sustainable systems that utilize all the bounty around us is the only way to survive