What!?!?!?! I thought PETA was about saving animals from violence….

PETA’s “Thank You” for Killing Shelter Pets
written by Douglas Anoth0ny Cooper
Posted: 09/04/2012 7:45 am
 When the No Kill shelter in Shelby County, Kentucky, recently announced that they had run out of space — and were hence going to have to start killing healthy dogs and cats — officials received a nice basket of gourmet cookies, with a note signed by PETA: “Thank you for doing the right thing for animals.”

Surely I’m joking here. This must be a weak stab at satire. Many people have written about Ingrid Newkirk’s vicious pet-killing program — her organization has personallyliquidated over 27,000 animals — but PETA has always responded with hurt and outrage (and lawyers). People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals don’t celebrate killing, goes the lie — they see it as a regrettable necessity.

Surely Newkirk wouldn’t be so foolish as to express her ghoulish agenda in this way, as a naked statement accompanied by a gift. No group of self-styled vegans would publicly wed their name to the Pro-Kill Equation: butchery = the right thing.

Well, Nathan Winograd (who developed the somewhat different No Kill Equation) reported on this in detail, and I suggest you examine his photographic evidence. A lovely basket of “Allison’s Gourmet Cookies” — shipped fresh from California — with a handwritten note signed: “The PETA Staff.” If you’d like further evidence, and to read the reverse side of this charming note, Shelby County No Kill Mission has produced an affecting video about the episode.

To understand just how grotesque this is, you have to know a little bit about Shelby. This is not simply one of America’s fifty-one No Kill communities. It has a special significance: Last year’s save rate sent Shelby County to the top — it is now one of the most successful examples of No Kill in the nation.

The last animal killed for lack of space in Shelby County was on May 27, 2008. Since then, they’ve enjoyed a save rate that is almost precisely the inverse of PETA’s kill rate. Whereas PETA slaughters 97% of the pets delivered to their hellish “Shelter of Last Resort,” in 2011 Shelby saved 98.52% of the cats and 94.46% of the dogs in their care.

Shelby County runs an open admission shelter: They do not turn animals away. They have an impeccable history — despite PETA’s dire predictions, their No Kill community has never been associated with hoarding or animal abuse of any kind. (In fact, none of the legitimate No Kill organizations has been guilty of these crimes, but that’s another story.) The Shelby program has a tiny budget: $147,000. Compare that to PETA’s annual plunder: over $32.3 million from unsuspecting donors.

While we’re talking numbers, I should mention Shelby’s 2011 live release rate for creatures other than dogs and cats (rabbits, etc.): a sterling 99.5%. This is a relatively small category — just a handful of animals — but I’m one of those people who believes that even a single rabbit matters. And in this category, PETA managed a live release rate of 7%. (For the mathematically challenged, that means that in 2011, 93% of these animals did not survive their visit to PETA’s headquarters in Norfolk.)

This underfunded county in Kentucky is PETA’s worst nightmare. Shelby has proven that even in the most difficult circumstances, Ingrid Newkirk’s blood-drenched program is completely unnecessary.

In short, Shelby matters.

Hence the grateful cookie basket: If this county starts killing again, PETA is made to look like a respectable organization — one that embraces hard but necessary choices — as opposed to a cult of eager and unrepentant pet killers.

Now, in some respects Shelby County has deviated from the No Kill Equation as defined by Nathan Winograd. Notably, whenever the shelter has become full, Shelby has responded by presenting the community with deadlines: Unless a certain number of animals are adopted by this date, the shelter will be forced to kill. The tactic has worked thus far, but goes contrary to what the No Kill Community stands for, which is to eliminate even the threat of violence towards animals.

Worse: it brings out the vampires.

The occasion of PETA’s celebration was the most credible threat thus far: the prospect of a particularly impressive No Kill shelter failing, and reverting to the barbarism of the status quo. Behold! No Kill is a utopian illusion, and we are righteous vegans with hypodermics. Have some cookies.

I looked into Allison’s Gourmet, by the way, to determine just how much a basket of their vegan delicacies would set you back. This is not to suggest that the company is complicit in this revolting display: They seem like sincere people who genuinely care about animals; I like to think they had no idea that their product was being used as a prize for killing pets.

Allison’s pastries look pretty great, in fact: “Exquisite Treats for Gourmet Palates.” As you can imagine, they are not inexpensive.

A basket of Allison’s vegan cookies and candies costs between $85 (for the “Classic Elegance Gift Basket)” and $415 (for the “Ultimate Nirvana Gift Basket.”) Shipping is between $16.95 and $60.65. Add a $4 chill pack, to keep things fresh.

It is just the kind of expansive gesture you can expect from Ingrid Antoinette, who famously knows some of the world’s most special and well-heeled vegan celebrities. Let them eat cookies.

I do hope that PETA includes this expense in their annual budget. Thankfully, not all of the cash milked from innocent donors goes towards butchering animals. Some of that 32.3 million goes towards pastries that celebrate other people butchering animals. It’s important for you to know this, if you’re planning on sending Ingrid a cheque.

PETA’s kill propaganda can be extraordinarily effective, but this particular horror story has a happy ending. Thanks in large part to the aid of Shelby County No Kill Mission, a private group, the shelter did not kill even one creature: Despite their announcement, they found a place for every single pet.

Oh, and Shelby officials have decided to discontinue the shock tactic of threatening that animals will be killed if homes aren’t found. This is a welcome decision. Of course the most important thing is to stop killing, but it’s also crucial to point out that PETA’s vicious practice is not even an option. It is not something you contemplate, much less threaten. The decent citizens of Shelby do not kill dogs and cats for this simple reason: They are not the kind of people who butcher pets.

The shelter in Shelby, by the way, is hindered not only by their shoe-string budget, but by their relatively inaccessible location. If you appreciate what Shelby County is accomplishing — against all odds, for some of the nation’s most vulnerable shelter animals — I strongly suggest that you send a donation to Shelby County No Kill Mission.

The shelter does not in fact require exquisite gourmet cookies, but they could desperately use pet food, bedding, cat litter, laundry detergent. That hundred dollars you’d spend on even the cheapest basket of vegan delicacies could buy, for instance, four microwavable heating discs — crucial for keeping puppies warm on cold nights, after they haven’t been killed. Send a healthy contribution to the good people of Shelby, and attach a note saying, “Thank you for doing the right thing.”

You are no doubt wondering what happened to PETA’s expensive gift. This I am happy to report. In a rare and inspired act, where justice does in fact rise to the level of poetry, the cookies were given to adopters as a token of thanks.

Can’t you just imagine Ingrid seething? All of that good money — precious donations, for God’s sake — put towards saving shelter animals.

 http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/douglas-anthony-cooper/peta-animals-kill_b_1850755.html

Douglas Anthony Cooper

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Organizing women across the United States to march on Washington, D.C. on August 18th, 2012

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Our mission is to bring national attention to the ongoing war on women’s rights being fought by conservative representatives in federal and state legislatures throughout the country. We believe that women have the right to control their own bodies, make their own decisions about healthcare, receive equal pay for equal work, and be treated with respect by the men and women who represent them in their own state houses and in Washington. Women are not a special interest group seeking special privileges; we comprise 50% of the population, and we are citizens deserving of the same freedoms and protections awarded to our male counterparts. We Are Woman supports the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and the restoration of all the rights that have been limited or destroyed by governors and other legislators across the nation. It is our goal to bring thousands of men and women together at the Capitol on August 18th, 2012, to tell our politicians, “No more!” We are strong, powerful, loving and brave. We are America. We Are Woman.

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We are a group of people from different backgrounds and different locations in the country who are joined together in a common cause. We no longer want to sit quietly as decisions are made that affect our lives and bodies without our say or consent. We want to be seen and heard. We will be taking this time to research and reach out as effectively as possible; doing all that we can to ensure out march is well organized and successful. If you would like to sign up to help us in this effort please send an email to: Volunteer@wearewoman.us and we will contact you shortly.

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Do you need to coordinate rooms or rides to the August 18th We Are Woman march on Washington? We just set up state forums as a tool for you to use. Click Here > http://bit.ly/stateforums

We are marching for Rights affecting:
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Our families
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Women’s rights are human rights.

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Erin Nanasi of Mad Mike’s America helped to craft the following:

Since November of 2010, over 1,100 pieces of legislation have been introduced that have nothing to do with jobs or the economy or solving any real problems in America. These 1,100 pieces of legislation are all about one thing: ending women’s rights as we know them.

Birth control, health care, the right to choose, attaching stigmas to single mothers, reducing or eliminating WIC, SNAP and Medicaid: All of these have been the focus of the new Congress and State Legislatures. From Missisippi to Michigan, governors have been treating women more like livestock to be regulated than human beings to be respected.

We Are Woman is inspired by those 1,100 pieces of legislation. We are inspired by plans for the National Women’s History Museum. We are inspired by the hundreds of emails we receive every day, joining with others all over the country to stand shoulder to shoulder and shout, “NO MORE”. We are inspired by Mary Wollstonecraft, Abigail Adams, Phyllis Wheatley, Margaret Fuller, Sojourner Truth, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Blackwell, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Sarah Winnemucca, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Ida B. Wells, Jane Addams, Mary McLeod Bethune, Carrie Chapman Catt, Margaret Sanger, Inez Milholland, Alice Paul, Frances Perkins, Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Chase Smith, Rosa Parks, Betty Friedan, Coretta Scott King, Gloria Steinem, Shirley Chisolm, Barbara Jordan, Sandra Day O’Conner, Wilma Mankiller, Geraldine Ferraro, Nancy Pelosi, and Hillary Clinton. We are moved by the stories of women who fought, often beaten, sometimes killed, for equal rights, voting rights, and the right to protect our own health. We are called to action, complacent no longer.

The goal of We Are Woman is to draw national and worldwide attention to the facts. In just the past two years, we have seen 1,100 pieces of anti-woman legislation, have heard women being called “sluts” and “prostitutes,” have seen birth control attacked, Roe v Wade threatened, and the rise of personhood laws that criminalize miscarriages and demonize women. The facts are clear: This is a war on women, and we will fight back. We Are Woman is firm in our resolve and committed to a non violent protest and march on Washington, DC. In order to be heard, we need not be violent and we must not be destructive; we will be more effective if we are the polar opposite of the new Congress and State Legislatures.

Message from Erin Nanasi
Posted Monday 2-20-12

Last week, I made a video for Mad Mike’s America called “We are Warriors.” I named it that in reference to Liz Trotta’s incredibly ignorant and hateful comments on Fox about women being raped in the military, and her accusing feminists of wanting to be warriors and victims at the same time. I read from a script I wrote, because when I’m really angry, it’s hard to just shoot from the hip, so to speak.

When I was writing the script, an idea popped into my head. Why not march on Washington DC? Why not show these misogynists and Dominionists and haters of women exactly what warriors we really are? The Suffragette Movement changed America, the Equal Rights Movement changed America, why can’t this generation change America? Why not? So, in the video, I call people, all people, not just women, to march on Washington. I posted the video, Mad Mike approved it, and I went to sleep.

When I woke up the next morning, I realized what I had done. I had pretty much just begun organizing a march on Washington DC. So, I named it, combining the We Are Legion idea with the Helen Reddy anthem “I Am Woman.” I emailed my husband as soon as I had a date; he responded gleefully with “ROAD TRIP!” Today, I created The We Are Woman March on Washington DC, April 28th, 2012 Facebook page. My dear friend and fellow writer/activist/snark master, Lee Golden (he is Golden in so many ways) immediately volunteered as an admin, we posted a few photos, details and writings, and have at last count, 8 likes. I expect that number to rise (hint, hint).

See Erin’s video “We Are Warriors”
http://youtu.be/ZlPUbGvD3oY

Residents of Iowa speak up- Do you want a congressman that believes this?

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Iowa Congressman Steve King Defends The Right To Watch Dog Fighting

 

At the Dog Files, we don’t believe in partisan politics. We believe that EVERYONE has a place in their heart for dogs, regardless of the political party you are affiliated with. And I don’t think we will ever protect man’s best friend unless we reach across the aisle, shake hands and agree that dogs deserve better.

I am all for state’s rights, limited government and to be left alone. But not when it comes to living creatures such as children or dogs. We NEED laws to protect them, since we have plenty of proof that human beings are out there ready and willing to hurt them.

But then Iowa Congressman Steve King happens and it can NOT be ignored. If you are a Democrat or a Republican or Libertarian and want to help dogs you will have the support of the Dog Files. But if you are against our furry friends, we will stand against YOU. Yes, I’m pointing at you, Congressman King.

Dogfighting is illegal in every U.S. state. Every sane American believes that dog fighting is cruel and inhumane, but it look like we have a United States Congressman who disagrees. In fact, he has a history of being against any laws protecting animals. What a sweetheart. This guy seems so extreme that both parties, Democrats and Republicans, disagree with him.

Iowans, I ask you from the bottom of my heart, please vote this man out. If not to make your state and America proud, then for the dogs. They deserve better then this. The dogs deserve a congressman or woman that loves, cares and respects them.

Please feel free to check out his Facebook page here, where he just put a photo of his family dogs. I wonder if he would want them thrown into a fighting ring?

You can also email him here. And feel free, to voice your opinion to him, but please remember, vulgar, violent comments don’t help our cause. Tell him from your heart why this hurts you, why he should change his ways and that you will work to defeat him next election day if he doesn’t change his position. That’s how we change things!

Thanks!
Kenn Bell
Dog Files Creator

Last week, Iowa Congressman Steve King stood up for the rights of Americans who want to watch (and encourage others to watch) dog fights.

During a tele-townhall event last week, King complained about an amendment to the farm bill that prohibits attendance at organized animal fights and imposes additional penalties for bringing a child to these bloody and horrific displays. Staging fights, possessing and/or training animals or moving animals for fighting purposes is already a federal crime. This amendment to the US Farm Bill would extend that to anyone spectating and wagering on animal fighting.

Congressman King went as far to say in his live town hall video broadcast that “it’s a federal crime to watch animals fight or to induce someone else to watch an animal fight but it’s not a federal crime to induce somebody to watch people fighting, there’s something wrong with the priorities of people that think like that.”

In a statement released by Wayne Pacelle,President and CEO of The HSUS: “Spectators are participants and accomplices who enable the crime of animal fighting, make the enterprise profitable through admission fees and wagering, and help conceal and protect the handlers and organizers; Federal investigators who raid large-scale animal fighting operations may soon be able to prosecute the entire cast of characters who sustain dogfighting and cockfighting.”

It is illegal in 49 states to be a knowing spectator at an animal fight. A majority—29 states—impose felony-level penalties on spectators. This legislation imposes federal misdemeanor penalties for knowing attendance and felony penalties for knowingly causing a minor to attend.

The amendment was introduced by Senator David Vitter-La., and strongly backed by Sens. Richard Blumenthal, Conn., Maria Cantwell, Wash., Mark Kirk,-Ill., Scott Brown, -Mass., and Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, -Mich. The amendment passed in the Senate on an 88 to 11 vote (With only 1 not voting).

Apparently, this isn’t Congressman King’s first attempt at stopping animal rights in his five terms in Congress. According to a release from the Humane Society of the United States:

King has led the fight in Congress to block legislation to crack down on the barbaric practices of dogfighting and cockfighting. During consideration of the 2012 Farm bill, King led an unsuccessful effort to defeat a McGovern amendment to make it a crime for an adult to attend or to bring a child to a dogfight or cockfight.

A three-year study by the Chicago Police Department found that 70 percent of animal offenders had also been arrested for other felonies, including domestic and aggravated battery, illegal drug trafficking, and sex crimes. That pattern of behavior undoubtedly encouraged the Fraternal Order of Police, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and nearly 200 law enforcement agencies from across the country to support the current effort in Congress to quash illegal dogfighting and cockfighting.

Every other federal lawmaker in Iowa – including Republicans Charles Grassley and Tom Latham – supported this policy of forbidding adults from bringing children to these spectacles of violence. South Dakota Senator John Thune also voted in favor of barring adults from taking kids to animal fighting spectacles.

King also stood alone in Iowa’s delegation in opposing a previous upgrade of the federal law against animal fighting. In 2007, he was one of a just a small group of lawmakers to oppose H.R. 137, a bill to make it a federal felony to transport animals or cockfighting implements across state lines.

Story by Lauren McGregor Downs

 

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