"Requiring the sterilization of pit bulls does not have the same problems as traditional breed-specific legislation".
Pam Rogers, The Humane Society of the United States, July 2006 Letter To Louisville Metro Council
Oh really? My, my, my - what a tangled web HSUS weaves.
I have come to admire the HSUS - they are quite the marketers. And they adhere to the Golden Rule of Marketing - which is "Know Thy Audience". HSUS is a strong believer in market segmentation, tailoring their messages to specific audiences.
So to one group of people - meaning the animal-loving public - HSUS purports to oppose breed-specific legislation, however to another group of people - meaning municipal legislators, HSUS actually proposed breed-specific legislation.
Now what do you call telling one group one thing, and going behind their backs and telling another group something completely different? Two faced liars? Good ole spinmeisters? Back-stabbing betrayers?
In my view, you either support or oppose breed-specific legislation.
You either support discrimination against a group of dogs - and the people who own them, or you oppose discrimination against a group of dogs - and the people who own them.
Breed-specific legislation is not just breedist, it's elitist. But breed-specific legislation is also inherently racist.
Because in the minds of the public, and local legislators, driven by the media, the only people who own such dogs are criminals, gangmembers, drug dealers and dogfighters. Gee - I wonder where they got that idea?
HSUS - A Little Bit Racist?
You can't be a little bit pregnant or a little bit racist - there's no in between, is there?
You either are pregnant or you aren't. You either are racist or you aren't. You either support BSL - or you don't.
I don't see HSUS cranking open the door to their anti-breeding agenda with Yellow Labs or Golden Retrievers, do you? Maybe doing do might negatively impact their white, female donor base, dontcha think?
And cracking open the door to advance an agenda by using race- or class-based spin, not to mention innocent dogs, isn't quite ethical, is it?
So if BSL is inherently racist, and HSUS supports BSL, then that would make HSUS, in my view, not just breedist, not just elitist, but oh so racist.
HSUS - Pitbull Owners As Drug Dealers, Gang Members
While the rest of us are out fighting to stop BSL to save innocent dogs, HSUS has been going behind our backs, to actually proposing BSL .
In her letter to Louisville Metro Council in June 2006, Pam Rogers, Legislative Coordinator for HSUS writes, Download Louisvillemulti-topicfinalletter.doc ,
"Pit bulls – There is no doubt that pit bulls are in bad shape in America right now. They are likely the most popular dog in the country, but unfortunately, they are also the dogs of choice for drug dealers, gang members, and anyone else who is looking for a dog to be a status symbol".
Houston - we have a problem. Here is HSUS pointedly, deliberately, portraying pitbulls as the dogs of criminals.
And I must say that I take umbrage with anyone or any entity that would portray me as a criminal.
See - no one wants to include Low Life, Drug Dealing, Dog Owner Of a Baby-Killing Pitbull in their Mahjong group, do they, even if I have a set of 8 MM pearls and a membership to the club.
HSUS - Exploiting Hidden Racism -
Gee - Mr. Media Ethics Professor! Are all criminals black? Are all blacks criminals? Are all gang members black or Hispanic? And if so - they must all own pitbulls.
Article "The Pitbull Problem" - July, 2006, the St. Petersburg Times, Adam Goldfard, HSUS "Issues Specialist", is quoted saying about pitbulls, "They are the dog of choice for drug dealers, gang members and anyone else who wants a tough-looking dog."
In Feb. 27th, 2007, HSUS spokesperson, ADdam Goldfarb, in the Houston Chronicle, said of pitbulls, "They are seen in the hip-hop culture. They are symbols for gang members.
BTW- in PR land - the title "Issues Specialist", as in Adam Goldfard, HSUS Issues Specialist" means a public relations role - someone to talk to the media, someone to consistently push stories, talking points or a position to the media on a particular issue.
Now, one must ask if HSUS isn't using hidden racism to drive fear and legislation by repeating the mantra that pitbulls are the "dogs of choice for drug dealers, gang members"
Just who are these pitbull-owning drug dealers and dog fighters, these crackheads and criminals? What picture has the media painted for you of drug dealers and dog fighters?
Does the media paint drug dealers and dog fighters as white, affluent soccer moms? Or does the media paint drug dealers and dog fighters as black urban youth in inner cities , or Hispanic youth out in the cornfields in the middle of the night? White trailer trash?
Is HSUS deliberately inferring that pitbull owners are dogfighters and drug dealers (code words for Black or Hispanic or White Trash) ? And if pitbull owners are criminals, drug dealers and dog fighters, doesn't that mean that pitbull owners will rob you blind, steal your car, kill your children and rape your wife?
HSUS - Delivering A Consistent Brand Message
Does HSUS have a brand manager? You know, someone to train all of their people on the talking points. If so - then they deserve a raise and lots of praise for helping an entire organization to stay on point.
Thanks to HSUS' consistent brand messaging on pitbulls, they've effectively branded anyone who owners a pitbull as criminal, dangerous, mentally unstable.
HSUS consistently criminalizes pitbull ownership as a message point in almost every letter or interview they give by deliberately linking pitbull ownership with dog fighters and drug dealers , crackheads and criminals.
HSUS' Pam Rogers went on to say,
"Legislation banning pit bulls or requiring strict regulation will not solve the problems created by dangerous dogs".
If that is the case, then why is HSUS proposing breed-specific legislation? ...................
HSUS - Requiring Sterlization Of Pitbulls - A Benefit To The Breed
Ahhhh - so let's get to the bottom line, HSUS said,
"However, because pit bulls currently flood animal shelters in Louisville and across the country, legislation requiring their mandatory sterilization could be a benefit to the breed and to all dogs in the community".
"Requiring sterilzation of all pitbulls could be of benefit to the breed?" Oh, yeah? Maybe in Kory Nelson's world.
HSUS - Sterilization Of Pitbulls Will Negatively Impact Criminals
"Additionally, the mandatory sterilization of pit bulls would negatively impact those individuals who use pit bulls for fighting, guarding locations used for illegal activities, and the backyard breeders who so recklessly add to the dog overpopulation".
HSUS blatently suggests that sterilizing pitbulls will negatively impact dogfighters and criminals.
Apparently, the Humane Society of the United States quite comfortable doing away with the teensy problem of due process, happily skipping right over the duty of law enforcement, and profiling the owners of pitbulls as criminals.
I resent that.
But would they even dream of suggesting the same approach for Golden Retrievers or Yellow Labs? Would the owners of Golden Retrievers and Yellow Labs have a hissy?
Or.... are the owners of Golden Retrievers and Yellow Labs perceived as being white, or affluent or soccer moms?
HSUS also suggests that breed-specific legislation is an effective means of law enforcement - so don't bother actually enforcing local dogfighting laws. HSUS tells LMC - hey -don't bother going after drug dealers - basically because through breed-profiling, you can profile criminals.
There are lots of other things in this world that would negatively impact criminal behaviour, but in this society, we don't jail everyone do we? Unlike tyrannical regimes in North Korea, or China, not to mention Iran, we actually punish those responsible for their crimes. It's called a D-E-M-O-C-R-A-C-Y.
HSUS - Sterilization Of Pitbulls Does Not Have Same Problems As Traditional Breed-Specific Legislation
OK - then HSUS said that,
"Requiring the sterilization of pit bulls does not have the same problems as traditional breed-specific legislation. This does not punish responsible pet owners, as truly responsible owners already have their animals sterilized".
Are you freaking kidding me? That has to be my favorite part - the HSUS Plan B for BSL.
HSUS was betting that the back door approach to BSL would not encounter the same public objections from all those adoring dog lovers out there.
HSUS - Sterilization & Extermination Of Pitbulls As Responsible Ownership
But make no mistake - in the realm of DogPolitics, nuthin' says luvin' like a plan to exterminate a breed.
The Humane Society of the United States is no different than gangbanging, crackhead, drug-dealing criminals who rob, steal, and con their way through life.
Only they do it with a suit and tie, and a poster boy from Yale with a Miss America Smile and Handwave and shiny shoes, and try to justify thier blatent discrimination against a group of dogs and discrimination against the owners of these dogs as "responsible ownership".
HSUS - Stealing Your Reputation, Taking Your Civil Rights Hostage
Pitbull and Rottweiler owners take note: HSUS won't hesitate to steal your dignity, slander your reputation to criminalize you and your dog.
HSUS won't hestitate to marginalize you and your dog to the press, the public and politicians as a means pass legislation that discriminates against you and your dog.
In the end, this means that HSUS has no problem taking your civil rights hostage with in order to facilitate their own agenda.
HSUS uses the same fear, racism, and opportunism as every other two-bit local politician with racist wet dreams of re-election by ridding the town of pitbulls and the people who own them.
How Do You Spell R-A-T?
So if in the words of our favorite pitbill-hating animal rights activist, Ingrid Newkirk, "A boy is a dog is a rat", then we could feel quite confident making a similar analogy, which is to say, "Kory Nelson is PETA is Best Friends is HSUS is a Rat".
One could then shorten this analogy to say that, "Ingrid Newkirk is Wayne Pacelle is Rat". And if, as they say, HSUS is PETA is a suit, that would make HSUS one big rat.
Time to call in an exterminator.