Sadly, in this world there is real animal abuse and way too much of it. Dogs are being burned, cats are skinned, animals are being starved, beaten and neglected by their owners. These animals need to be rescued and these atroceties treated as felonies and the perpetrators prosecuted to the full extent of the law. The ASPCA, the Humane Society of the US, PeTA and other groups should concentrate their energies and their vast bank accounts to this end. Sadly, there is another story that isn’t being told much by the news media, the story of how good-hearted animal rescue operators and legitimate animal breeders (ALL of which from what I have seen on the news and in the papers are classified as “hoarders” and “puppy mill runners” to these animal rights extremists) are being targeted, set up, their facilities raided, their property destroyed and their animals seized, some immediately euthanized simply on the say so of the aforementioned, powerful animal “RIGHTS” groups. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it a million times. NO shelter or rescue should be raided solely on the say so of these organizations, and especially not on the pictures or videos they use as “evidence.” Picture evidence in cases like these is extremely easy to fabricate, and how many instances of animal abuse at farm facilities were instigated by the AR activists themselves when the workers would never have thought of doing such stupid things on their own?
Take a really good look next time at the pictures of animals taken from some of these places. Do they look any worse off than your own pets at home? Really? By the way, lack of professional grooming on a long haired dog is not a measure of whether an animal is being properly fed and cared for, and pictures of sick animals in the shelters’ sick room being treated, or half starved animals that the rescue groups just took in and are trying to save are NOT evidence that they, themselves are the abusers. Taking pictures of cages and litter boxes before the staff has a chance to clean them seems to be another favorite tactic of these AR extremists. And, take notice that most raids take place in the early morning before the rescue operators or kennel owners can have a chance to do their morning cleaning and feeding. This makes for some really convincing pictures…oh, and they often insist on having everybody involved in the raid wear face masks which obviously makes it look like a biological hazard whether it is or not.
When a rescue facility or kennel is accused of abuse, the city or county animal control officers and the state shelter inspector should make their own evaluations first, and the rescue owners or kennel owners should have a CHANCE to make any changes necessary to save their operations and their animals. Oh, I know…there is always a “process” that these AR groups claim they go through before staging a raid. This process usually consists of the AR spies going to the DA or the Sheriff with the picture “evidence” they have, ‘er “compiled”, and pressuring them to make the raid The shelter or the kennel has no warning of what is coming. The big name AR groups have plenty of high powered, slick, slimy lawyers under their belt, financed with the money people give them thinking they are saving the lives of animals. What does the rescue operator or the kennel owner have at their disposal? They have to try to scrape up a huge amount of money to hire a good lawyer, or settle for a court appointed attorney who either isn’t animal savvy or could not care less. They end up devastated, frightened, strapped for money, afraid they are going to go to jail and overwhelmed by the odds stacked against them. This isn’t innocent until proven guilty, this is you’re GUILTY if the AR groups accuse you..PERIOD.
People’s rights are obviously being violated and this needs to stop, NOW. Picture and video evidence should never be used simply because an AR group submits them. Such evidence should be thrown out of court. The evaluation of the operation should be made by the state inspector, the animal control officers and a qualified veterinarian NOT affiliated with the HSUS, PeTA or the ASPCA. This abuse of power needs to stop now. When is somebody going to have the guts to step up up, say “ENOUGH?”