In Their Own Words, Part II
July 2, 2009 by Nathan J. Winograd
More from the Redemption Archives
As I’ve mentioned three times before, the second edition of my book, Redemption: the Myth of Pet Overpopulation & the No Kill Revolution in America, has just been released. In doing research for the first and then the second edition of the book, I amassed a large body of historical archives about the movement. And as I indicated in those posts, once the second edition was completed, I began packing away the material used to write the book. But as so often happens when you go through old items, you begin re-reading them. I also wrote that periodically, I’d release some of the material for posterity.
In the first post, I released some letters from HSUS telling a prosecutor that feral cat caretakers should essentially be arrested for animal abandonment, and calling TNR “inhumane” and “abhorrent.” I also released a postcard written by Ingrid Newkirk stating that PETA doesn’t believe in “right to life” for animals.
In the second post, I released:
- a letter from PETA applauding a Mayor’s decision to round up and kill feral cats and suggesting they kill the kittens also,
- a letter from the AKC arguing that it should be illegal to feed feral cats,
- a Washington Post article about HSUS using donor funds to buy beach-front property for its executives, and,
- an ASPCA letter saying No Kill success in San Francisco is because it has a large gay population.
In the third post, I released:
- an article by PETA saying all dogs someone says look like a Pit Bull should be killed,
- a letter from HSUS saying shelters should not work with rescue groups or other shelters, but should kill the animals instead,
- an article where a shelter director says it is basically ok to kill feral cats because they are “filthy” and unworthy of our compassion,
- excerpts from the anti-No Kill mob, and,
- an e-mail likening animal lovers to September 11 terrorists by a former shelter director who was part of HSUS’ exclusive national sheltering committee.
Here’s the fourth installment:
She’s Doing a Great Job Killing
In 2002, five employees of the Animal Welfare League of Arlington are asked to resign on threat of being fired for saving lives. Admittedly, the employees falsified records. However, the director, a darling of HSUS, refused to put in place a foster care programs, decades after San Francisco proved that saving underaged kittens and puppies, and many other animals, requires it. In fact, San Francisco proved that ending the killing of savable animals may just be impossible without it. Nonetheless, the director chose instead to kill them. Tired of killing, employees took it upon themselves to foster and bottle feed the little gems and then returned them for adoption. When the regressive, kill-oriented director found out, they were asked to resign.
Read the article by clicking here.
Dead dogs are the “Lucky” Ones
At a time when Michael Vick colleague Wayne Pacelle was at the Fund For Animals, it should be no surprise that the Fund had regressive policies about animals in shelters. The Fund for Animals says a dog being killed by a shelter worker is “one of the lucky ones” by painting a false choice between death at the pound or suffering on the street. If I was that little dog, I would rather have a loving, new home. Hell, I’d even take my chances on the street.
Click to see the photo and its absurd caption.
Feral Cats are Trash
Kim Sturla whose antics in publicly killing animals in the first-of-its-kind public execution opened Chapter 1 of Redemption, lauds an ordinance that makes it unlawful for anyone to feed feral or abandoned cats unless they are going to sterilize them or trap them “for proper disposal,” as if they are nothing more than yesterday’s trash.
Click here for the article.
Beware the Swishing Tail
Sue Sternberg, the “expert” HSUS and others turn to on dog testing, says shelters should not adopt out dogs someone says look like a “Pit Bull” to families with children even if they are friendly (she claims most are aggressive to kids, cats, and/or dogs), because they have a strong “swishing tail.” And that tail, she says, can cause bruising or even knock out teeth when the dog is saying “hello”! You can’t make this stuff up!
More to come…