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UPDATE: This essay is now available as a two-page PDF handout for easy printing and distribution.

Note: HumaneWatch’s editor recently traveled down to the Palmetto State in order to attend his first dog show. Here’s his report:

I spent this weekend at the Myrtle Beach Kennel Club’s all-breed dog show in Florence, South Carolina. The club invited me down to talk about the threats its members are facing from the Humane Society of the United States and the rest of the animal rights movement. Since I had never been to a dog show, I said yes. (I grew up thinking that “fancy” was an adjective. Silly me.)

I’m not a big fan of people who pooh-pooh things they’ve never tried or seen up-close. If one of my children says she “doesn’t like” something on the dinner table before taking even a tiny bite—well, let’s just say that doesn’t wash in my house.

And I’ve always thought the whole “dog show” community was rather mysterious, a kind of benevolent secret society with its own rules, customs, and vocabulary. Sorta like Deadheads, but with a lot better grooming and a lot less fleas.

Truth be told, the dog breeders I met this weekend do have their own peculiar ways of saying and doing things. But they’re really just ordinary people with a shared hobby. They’re really into what they do. And they taught me a lot in just a Saturday. Here’s some of what I learned.

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  1. When you go to a dog show, bring your own chair. But don’t be surprised if someone offers to lend you theirs. (I’m typing this in someone else’s customized, embroidered lawn chair.)
  2. Dog shows are competitive, but the people involved are remarkably supportive of their human opponents. I heard a steady stream of “congratulations!” offered to blue-ribbon holders from handlers who were trotting away empty-handed.
  3. If you’re a first-timer who asks “what kind of dog is that?” too loudly, somebody might look at you funny.
  4. These people treat their dogs like royalty. It was 90 degrees in the shade on Saturday, and the dogs had shade, electric fans, and cold water—even if their owners didn’t.
  5. Judging from this weekend, the typical show-dog handler isn’t a stuffy Brit wearing Saville Row tweed. She—yes, she—is an energetic 40-year-old married mom whose husband packs up the kids and brings them along on the trip.
  6. Sometimes the kids strut the dogs around the ring. The under-18 handlers even have their own judging category in which their skills are being judged, not the qualities of their dogs.
  7. The name of the game is “conformation” (not “confirmation,” as I used to think). Dog show breeders are trying to breed animals that “conform” to a set ideal of how a breed can look, “gait,” and behave if they do everything right. (I read an article in Wired this week about how Cheetos in the factory are checked every 30 minutes against a “reference sample” from Frito-Lay headquarters, just to make sure the ideal color, texture, and crispiness is being matched. It’s kinda like that, but it takes years for these folks to make a single Cheeto. And Cheetos don’t pee on you.)
  8. Watch where you step in the parking lot.

If this particular dog show is any indication of what’s typical, the “dog fancy” is a lot of fun for a lot of people who contribute a lot of money to the economy—and aren’t hurting anyone. “If we’re not having fun here,” one judge told me, very much off-the-cuff, “we shouldn’t be doing this.”

For the life of me, I can’t figure out why the Humane Society of the United States has such a visceral hatred of everything they stand for.

I think what’s going on is that HSUS, PETA, and other animal rights groups are conflating breeders whose main goal is to sell puppies with those who just happen to really love Pomeranians, Pinschers, or Poodles. This latter clique of people (far larger than the former) shows their favorite animals because they’re proud of them, not because they believe it will make their next litter worth more money.

It’s not hard to understand HSUS’s stated motivation for attacking people who breed dogs. The group wants everyone to believe that rampant pet overpopulation in America is all their fault. But personally, I just don’t see it.

I didn’t meet “puppy millers” this weekend. I met hobbyists, just like if I were at a model railroad convention, an antique fair, or a swim meet. They ask after each others’ kids. They visit each other in the hospital. They have knitting circles where the dogs watch approvingly. They’re 50 percent garden club, 50 percent church pot-luck. Zero percent animal abusers.

I asked one breeder how much money she had spent raising her champion dog, a mammoth Anatolian shepherd. “Who knows?” she answered. “I never really added it up. If you’re pinching pennies you probably aren’t treating the dog right.” In addition to the two purebred dogs she was showing, she had “two rescue mutts at home, and they have the same food, supplements, and everything else my show dogs get.”

And when I asked one of the veteran breeders how many of her peers raise dogs so they can sell the litters commercially, she looked at me like I was from Mars. “We all sell dogs, son,” she told me. “But none of us make a cent doing it. And I know where all my dogs live. If anyone can’t provide for them, we take ‘em back.” And then, almost as an afterthought: “I sure don’t want any of mine going to the pound or a rescue.”

Everyone I asked about this had the same kind of answer. If they found out that any of their puppies wound up in a shelter, they’d sure do something about it.

So why all the hostility from the Humane Society of the United States? Why did I hear from North and South Carolinians who had beaten back attempt after attempt from HSUS to have them taxed, registered, regulated, raided, and otherwise priced out of their hobby? What is it about these men, women, and children, so passionate about running up and down a concrete floor with their pets, that demands intervention from activists who think they know better?

Maybe it’s that HSUS thinks the only way to shut down “puppy mills” is to paint every dog breeder with the same broad brush. Maybe. I haven’t yet really wrapped my mind around why HSUS is opposed to everything I saw this weekend. I just know that it is.

As with pretty much every group of ranchers, dairymen, biomedical research scientists, and chicken farmers I’ve met, the breeders I spoke with this weekend had varying levels of awareness about the looming political threat from HSUS. Some of them can’t be bothered to be bothered. Others are fired up at the mere mention of Wayne Pacelle’s name.

“Somebody has to take that guy on,” one 50-ish man barked when I brought up the name of HSUS’s CEO. “That whole movement is nuts. After I showed up to lobby against HSUS’s last North Carolina breeder tax, I started getting calls in the middle of the night, untraceable phone calls, from these people saying they were going to come on my property, take my dogs, and burn my house down. I told ‘em my new rifle has an awesome night scope. That pretty much ended it.”

I spoke to the crowd after the Best In Show was awarded, in this case to a fluffy pekingese named “Noelle.” I told them that their problem is the same as the one faced by pork producers, egg farmers, dairymen, and even cancer researchers. But it was up to them to reach beyond their circle of friends—outside their comfort zone—if their kids and grandkids were going to keep being Junior Handlers and continue to raise the dog breeds they’ve come to love.

At the end of the day, I have to be skeptical of HSUS’s blanket condemnation of pet breeders. I’m confident that there are some horrible ones out there, as there are with any group of people (including animal activists…), but any legislative or cultural movement that lumps the people I met this weekend in with the bad actors is just plain wrong-headed.

Because the dogs I met in South Carolina were among the best-cared-for animals I’ve ever seen. Anyone who’s truly interested in animal welfare would want to make sure more dogs—not fewer—are treated this way. So how ’bout it, Wayne? Why aren’t you promoting dog shows?

Probably because you’ve never been to one.

Posted on 05/24/2010 at 09:55 AM by the HumaneWatch Team

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Model Joanna Krupa upset the Catholic Church by posing as a nude angel covering her parts with a crucifix in a campaign promoting the adoption of homeless animals, reported USA Today.

She the appears in the new “Be an Angel for Animals” PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) campaign, naked with a pair of wings and a cross which strategically covers only parts of her body.

In another ad for the campaign a topless Krupa holds a dog in one arm and a rosary hanging from the other.

The Catholic Church think PETA have gone too far this time, calling the advert “inappropriate”.

Catholic League President Bill Donohue said: “The fact is that cats and dogs are a lot safer in pet stores than they are in the hands of PETA employees.”
To read the full article click here

What do you think? Should the Catholic Church grow a thicker skin? Did PETA and Krupa go too far? Why is religious iconography off limits?
Here’s another article on wondering if the Catholic Church went to far with a video of Krupa, 30, who has been in playboy magazine speaking out, saying she is a practicing Catholic. Click here to read more
WWC Note: In the video Krupa states everyone should get involved! I didn’t know taking your clothes off constitutes as helping out. I know sex sells but mixing the two I feel is pretty low class and why doesn’t she really get involved and put her clothes back on! She also in the interview starts a statement with “I think PETA does alot of good for the animals”. You either know or you don’t know and before making such a statement as she has in those posters. She gives us blondes a bad name. Money buys again! I’m proud of the Catholic Church to see through all the hype of PETA for who they really are.

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A FAITHFUL DOG

A Faithful Dog Will Play With You
And Laugh With You -Or Cry-
He’ll Gladly Starve To Stay With You
Nor Ever Reason Why,
And When You’re Feeling Out Of Sorts
Somehow He’ll Understand
He’ll Watch You With His Shining Eyes
And Try To Lick Your Hand.
His Blind, Implicit Faith In You
Is Matched By His Great Love –
The Kind That All Of Us Should Have
In The Master, Up Above.
When Everything Is Said And Done
I Guess This Isn’t Odd
For When You Spell “Dog” Backwards
You Get The Name Of God.

Kathryn Brashier

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Please take the time to read this Overview Summary explaining why the Grassroots Plan: How To Spay and Neuter the HSUS was orchestrated.

HSUS – – OVERVIEW SUMMARY – – EXCESSIVE LOBBYING ISSUE PAPER Dec 13 09

A GRASSROOTS PLAN:
HOW TO SPAY AND NEUTER THE HSUS
Orchestrated by Frank Losey, atty, lobbyist and former Judge Advocate

Phase 1-A (Dec 21, 2009-Jan 15, 2010) to IRS:
·    Letter #1 with 13-page Overview Summary (of 350+ page treatise) sent to IRS by Certified Mail (return receipt not needed, just regular receipt);
·    Snail-mail green mail receipts to Frank Losey, 2029 Tampa Blvd, Navarre, FL 32566, or scan and email to f.losey@insightbb.com, or Fax to 479-299-4417.
·    If you can’t scan or copy the receipt, just email f.losey@insightbb.com the 20 digit tracking number on the left side of the certified; he can then download confirmation needed.
IMPORTANT NOTE:  Copies of the certified mail receipts/tracking number confirmations will enhance planned follow-up actions in Washington DC, in January; NUMBERS MATTER!
ALSO: The numbers of complaint letters IRS receives determines how far up the ladder that case investigation is taken.  We want the highest interest possible on this effort!

Phase 1-B (Starting Jan, ONGOING 2010, but as soon as possible) to IRS; this phase to be done if you have not done the above in the allotted time:
·    Letter #2 only, one-paragraph letter sent to IRS by Certified Mail; no Overview Summary needed.
·    Same instructions as above for green Cert Mail Receipts.
·    Although this is an ongoing effort, BEST to send ASAP, please.
·    Remember, NUMBERS STILL MATTER.  Forward to friends, clubs, lists and animal lovers of all kinds; ask them to take part in discrediting a tax cheat disguised as a charity.

***THE NEXT and FINAL 2 PHASES REQUIRE YOU TO KNOW YOUR FIVE GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES:  Look on http://www.congress.org, plug in your zip code in upper right to find your legislators’ names with how to contact them.  Their email/webforms and snail mail addresses are shown.
From your district, you have two Federal Senators, one Federal House of Representatives; one State Senator and one State House of Representatives (Assembly).***

THIS NEXT PHASE 2 OF THE EFFORT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO HELP DISCREDIT THE HSUS AS THEY TRY TO INFLUENCE LEGISLATION REGARDING ANIMALS.  DO REPS WANT TO BE IN BED WITH A TAX CHEAT?  COULD ANOTHER AUDIT FOLLOW, REGARDING CAMPAIGN DONATIONS?  THESE AND OTHER THOUGHTS MAY CROSS THEIR MINDS. THIS WILL HELP US IMMENSELY IN FIGHTING ANY ANTI-ANIMAL LEGISLATION IN 2010.

Phase 2-A (Jan 1-ONGOING, 2010, or as soon as possible); this is an email effort, but we recommend that you also send via snail mail, to ensure two ways of your legislators receiving the information:
·    E-mail Letter #3 and the 13-page Overview Summary to your Federal Senators and Federal House Reps (Congress), (yes, both should fit onto your reps’ webforms, but if not, divide the 14-pages into three or four sections, and TITLE each Section, SECTION 1 of 3, SECTION 2 of 3, etc.)
·    Snail-mail same to their Washington, DC addresses.

Phase 2-B (as soon as possible):
·    E-mail Letter #4 and the 13-page Overview Summary to your State Senator and State House Rep.
·    Snail-mail same to their State Capitol Office.
·    E-mail/snail mail to members of State Agriculture Committees, and others that hear animal bills.
TAKEN STEP-BY STEP, THIS IS NOT A DIFFICULT TASK, AND DOES NOT TAKE LONG.
REMEMBER, BUSY PEOPLE CHANGE THE WORLD.  LET’S GET BUSY!

HSUS – -COVER LETTER #1- TO IRS FRAUD DIVISION Jan 04 2010

HSUS — Cover Letter #2 – TO IRS FRAUD DIVISION Jan 4 2010

HSUS — Cover Letter #3 – TO CONGRESS Jan 4 2010

HSUS — Cover Letter #4 – TO STATE REPRESENTATIVES and SENATORS Jan 4 2010

Do you know anyone in North Dakota and Rhode Island that would send a 1-page, certified mail letter to IRS for us?  Those are the only 2 states we had no response from, and Frank would like to be able to say ALL states were represented.

Below is an attachment for you to use to hand out, repost, or print for yourself by Judy Kelsy. Permission statement at the end of this posting.

http://www.saova.org/SpayNeuterHSUS.html    Here you can find and locate all your elected officials as well.

THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES
(aka “HSUS” or “The Humane Sociey”)
IS NOT A HUMANE SOCIETY!!!

·    They do not own or operate ONE pet shelter in the country
·    They do NO hands-on pet care of their own
·    They are in no way affiliated with any government
·    They are in no way a national “overseer” of the local societies that actually do all the hands-on work
·    Donations do not systematically “trickle down” to local shelters
·    Donations are sent in response to misleading ads that use heart-wrenching music, photos and bogus statistics, to “save the animals”.  Approximately 95% of their millions in donations are used for six-figure salaries, advertising (“education”) and LOBBYING against “all animal use”.

THERE IS NO NATIONAL “WELFARE ORGANIZATION” THAT SENDS MONEY DOWN TO THE TRENCHES
DONATE TO LOCAL NON-KILL SHELTERS, NOT “NATIONAL” FRAUDS

·    HOW ARE DONATIONS TO HSUS REALLY USED?
VIDEO, In their own words:   http://tinyurl.com/HSUSReality
·    CLICK ALL LINKS TO HSUS and/or PETA on these sites:
http://tinyurl.com/HSUS-GRAVY-TRAIN;    http://www.saova.org;
http://www.adoa.org;     http://www.exposeanimalrights.com

ANOTHER FRAUD:  PETA
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals “ethically” euthanizes approx 95% of the animals turned in to them (public record, Virginia Beach, VA)

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Wendy has my enthusiastic approval and blessing to use what I have authored with respect to the initiative to encourage concerned citizens, breeders and all who may be affected by the Lobbying Activities of the HSUS to write to the IRS or  to exercise their Constitutional Right to communicate with their respective members of Congress.

Frank

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Don’t be mislead into thinking HSUS is doing our pets a favor…they are misleading you to get to their agenda on getting your rights as a pet owner abolished!!!! View and research any organization for cruelty and animals rights that there is no connection to PETA or HSUS.

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New York Times Ad Condemns Humane Society of the United States for Terror Fundraising

Consumer Group: HSUS Vice President Will Keynote Benefit For Animal-rights Terrorism Group

Follow this important link:

http://www.consumerfreedom.com/pressRelease_detail.cfm/release/244

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PLEASE MAKE THE CALL
PETA is lobbying the USA Network to drop its coverage of Westminster, citing the BBC‘s decision to drop its coverage of Crufts. It is imperative  that each of us take a minute to contact USA Network and let them know how much we appreciate their coverage of Westminster.

Take a minute to help support our sport.
Phone #: 212-664-4444

Call the NBC switchboard at 212-664-4444, and ask to leave a message
on the USA Network Viewer Hotline.
Please note that we are not able to return any calls.

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An Editorial by Alice Fix

editorial-_do_you_know_the_real_peta_and_hsus-11

(click on link above to view the whole article)

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