We all know that the ARs keep chanting that “adoption” is the only “option.” And most of us know that Nathan (Nathan Winograd, author/attorney and author of Redemption and other similar books, focusing on No Kill and such topics) usually writes against what HSUS, ASPCA, Peta and the lot, advocate.
The truth of the matter though, is that each polar opposite–MANDATING “adoption” and every dog/cat altered vs never looking at adoption or altering –are both completely extreme, irrational, and non feasible positions.
Animal rights and the killing of “shelter” or pound dogs/cats has been used heavily by ARs over 25 years, especially making headway after Katrina in 2005 when HSUS conglomerated with other AR groups. IF , in fact, HSUS really wanted to save animals such as cats/dogs, they would actually save them [not just pretend or raid and kill.] However, “saving those shelter animals” has never been the goal of HSUS. Probably the main proponent of actually “saving” those shelter animals is Nathan. Not Best Friends, which has become one of the largest and richest AR groups, promoting the guise that animals are not property, and that no one should buy a puppy (unless they buy it from Best Friends.) Best Friends is essentially hoarding animals long term because they never intend to place most of the ones they keep in perpetuity.
Probably the main proponent of advancing the AR movement by USING the ploy of “saving the shelter animals” is HSUS. Just because HSUS has a huge advertising budget doesn’t mean it actually operates and saves dogs/cats. What HSUS does is to draft and lobby for more AR laws every year, including those against farms and ranches.
When other groups such as Best Friends uses donor money such as $140,000 (we read it online) to IMPORT strays from a foreign country, we believe that is bad use of donor money. Dog trainer Milan has been said to want to do the same thing by importing strays from Puerto Rico. Importing saves NO dogs in the USA, which could likely have been obtained for free at thousands of shelters. Best Friends even spent tons of money to build a puppy “hotel” for seized female dogs/their litters. Where do we think the seized dogs/litters came from? HSUS raids? Probably. Then Best Friends tells people not to buy “a puppy” and ASPCA marketing agent registered the URL don’t buy a puppy or something similar.
All of this indicates that the United States is being told by ARs WHAT they should buy, what they should eat, how they should be guardians, how animal abuse is “rampant” (bull) and why “adoption is the only option” (more bull.)
But even if we look past the AR repeated mantras, the truth is this (which no one bothers to ever say)……..
1. The United States is supposedly a democracy and employs capitalism
2. The United States has a Constitution
3. All dog buying, selling, owning, and all facets related to the businesses which encompass the pet trade amounts to interstate commerce
4. All animal adoption programs related to the government, including shelters, pounds, or contract animal control and rescue contracts, are usually (but not all) considered as state actors. Individual groups or non profits without any contract to any state-government agency, are likely not going to be in the state actor category. However the state actor category is complex and partially dependent upon the State laws involved, in addition to Federal law.
5. Issues arising when the state actors and or the state are claiming ADOPTION IS THE ONLY OPTION is ludicrous, since the state cannot force one to adopt ONLY a shelter mutt rather than buy whatever one wants, whether it’s online, in person, outside, inside, from a friend, acquaintance, via Craigslist, from a pet store, etc.
6. The truth is that if we filled every shelter in the USA with registered puppies such as toy poodles, Havanese, Poms, Bichons, Yorkies and other small purebreds or even designer dogs, there would be NO SHELTER DOGS KILLED. Thus the demand of such animals creates a supply of the same.
7. Shelters take in animals that people either do not want, cannot keep, or as alleged strays. IF these animals are NOT desired by the public, then THOSE animals (which are usually killed) should be the target of reduction [meaning reduce how many of the unwanted enter the shelter]—in every shelter in the USA. And those animals (which no one wants) are usually found in the areas with the LEAST economic income. This often includes mixed breed, medium sized juvenile male dogs of unknown breeds. Once in a shelter we saw what appeared to be a large Basset hound but it had the exact head of a GSD. It was so pathetic to see that, we felt bad just looking at it. It was also slightly scary because it was just too weird, like it came out of a science fiction movie.
8. The truth about “adoption is only option?”…. it’s nothing but pure propaganda. It attempts to make everyone believe (morally) that we all must pick up the slack for those who don’t do what the ARs want. But if the ARs were really telling the truth— what they would say is— that ARs believe animals are NOT, repeat, “NOT property.”
ARs believe animals are NOT PROPERTY. Therefore, SELLING or BUYING animals, or putting an animal in a shelter in AR theory is like throwing your son or daughter in the street. That is the REAL reason ARs keep putting pet stores out of business. To prove that animals are “NOT property” and that you should NOT buy them..plus it is designed to eliminate the competition……… Yet it’s ok to “adoption option” — the very same animal, according to the ARs (meaning buy from either the state actors or rescues or alleged non profits.) In other words, if one makes any profit off selling an animal, that’s illegal. But if one is a non profit, state actor or government related group, it’s ok. Well, HSUS is a non profit, and makes quite a huge profit every year. It is not illegal for non profits to make a profit under CA state law or even Federal law.
9. There is never going to be a way to FORCE people into buying a shelter-pound animal they do NOT want. That leaves the fact that having LESS of what will *not sell* in a shelter is the goal. Adopting out 50,000 dogs is not going to happen. 5,000, 15,000– maybe yes. 50,000–nope. So larger cities MUST have programs targeted to lower the INTAKE of less desired animals, usually from lower income economic areas. This is not racist, nor racial profiling. It is social welfare as it exists.
Like we said, the shelters aren’t filled with $1,000 or $2,000 dogs. Shelters and even rescues cannot compete as pet stores where the merchandise CANNOT COMPETE with the open market.
So shutting down pet stores which sell dogs/cats is nothing more than eliminating competition for ARs. IT WILL NEVER, EVER, CAUSE SOMEONE TO BUY A SHELTER ANIMAL THEY DO NOT WANT. Not surprisingly, one of the largest breed specific “rescues” is small paws out of OK which BUYS commercial kennel dogs at auction. We call this planting weeds, just so we can pull them. This is a huge cash cow.
They (small paws) then resell commercial dogs as “rescued.” and supposedly have over 800 “volunteers” ……This is due to the fact that the demand for Bichons is huge and there are few and none in shelters. We did rescue for about 10 years and never saw a Bichon in the pound. In fact, some AKC rescues [they told us they were] tried to get us to GIVE them our rescued dogs IF they were THEIR breeds, claiming they could do a beter job of placing the dogs? Oh brother. Of course we didn’t give our dogs to them.
10. Most of such animals these days (if you ever look at AR Petfinder anymore) indicates that many of such breeds such as Yorkies, mini poodles, Pom, Havanese, Bichons, etc— are not actually rescued. These dogs are puppies, in what appears to be very good condition, with no baggage. Those are not rescued dogs. Such dogs are sold on the open market, not thrown into the pound. And they are not given to rescue in most cases. And with rescues selling such animals for $375 (if blind, one leg missing, brain disorder) or $450, $750, $950 (not blind, no brain disorder) —-c’mon people. It’s interstate commerce selling. We don’t care what “tax” status they registered as, it’s selling. It’s buying and selling. And they are not pound animals. They are sold on the open market. They are not given away. They are not free. No matter how ARs set up their propaganda, it’s always based on lies and emotional beliefs—not facts.