New Reality of Animal Rights

New Reality of Animal Rights

We wanted to share an interesting read from Jon Katz at BedlamFarm.com today.

He wrote about the story of Hattie McCarren, a New Orleans resident forced to evacuate during Hurricane Katrina. She had to leave her dog, Gus, behind with food and water because dogs were not allowed in the evacuation shelters. She thought she’d be able to return the next day, but when she couldn’t, a four-year struggle to find Gus and bring him home ensued.

We all recall the news reports of the hundreds of animal rights volunteers who descended upon New Orleans to rescue, care for, feed, and ultimately put many animals up for adoption. The story that largely went untold was that many returning residents were denied the opportunity to reunite with their animals. In Hattie’s case, Katz said, “The same people who rushed to save her dog refused to return him to her.”

He continued:

Hattie's story, and many hundreds like it draw attention to the new reality of animal rights:  in a growing number of cases, the carriage horses prominent among them, the animal rights and rescue cultures have evolved into a government-tolerated kind of cultural militia answerable only to themselves, and with a self-appointed police, judge and jury ethos that has gone out of control. It functions beyond law, reason or humanity. It is, in a growing number of cases, a rogue culture, not a benign force for helping animals.

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Money, as always, has become a significant factor in the care and future of animals. Groups like PETA, the A.S.P.C.A. and the H.S.U.S. are coming increasingly under fire for the enormous salaries of their executives, the money they are pouring into political coffers, their manipulation of images and emotions to collect donations.

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No secret and privately-funded organization ought to get to unilaterally decide who gets to have an animal and who doesn't, or to exclude loving and worthy people because they don't have lots of money. They do not get to arbitrarily and outside of the law decide – in collusion with mayors and millionaires - that they will redefine abuse to fit the impulse of the movement, or the whims of celebrities and wealthy people looking for causes.

Read the full post here.