Animal rights working into the classroom
Hat tip to Jim Kindred...
Teacher goes wacko over student talking of hunting
In Vermont, of all places. Hat tip to reader Jack Anderson...
Earth Liberation Front members take a dive
Convicted of arson. Story here.
HSUS bids to become the umbrella anti-hunting group
Story here. Humane Soc. of the US (which has nothing, zero, zip, to do with local humane societies that actually spend money on care for animals rather than on political causes) intends to consolidate with several, unspecified, animal rights groups.
Personally, I'd rather it spent its $112 million per year on ... care for animals. The real humane society here would, I'm sure, be glad to get a half a percent of that.
BTW, blogging may be a bit light until Monday. Gotta go out of town for a time.
HSUS a major economic force
The Washington Times reports:
"Many people may consider the Humane Society of the United States a pussycat. But with 10 million donors and a $120 million budget, it is becoming a tiger among Washington's interest groups.
Just ask Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) and Rep. Richard W. Pombo (R-Calif.). Actually, make that former governor and then-representative. The Humane Society targeted both in last year's elections after Ehrlich supported bear hunting and Pombo supported commercial whaling and trapping in wildlife refuges."
Why would a humane society care about hunting and trapping? Well, this isn't the place that runs your local animal shelters. It's a Washington political/lobbying force that just has "humane society" in its title. And happens now to be headed by Wayne Pacelle, who started out at Fund for Animals under Cleveland Amory, the original anti-hunting activist, and became national director of the group. As he explains, "We did a lot of work on wildlife issues,particularly against sport hunting, and we were also in the mix on a broad range of animal issues. We did a lot of field protests against hunting where we would walk with hunters and talk with them about hunting. And in the process they were seldom able to make a kill (the distraction and six people tromping with a hunter scared away the animals)."
And now he's got a $120 million budget to work with, which means that offering $75,000 to a state agency if it would drop a bear hunt is just pocket change.
Trial begins in PETA animal cruelty case
The trial of two PETA activists for animal cruelty has begun. I'm not sure the animal cruelty charges will hold up -- I think fraud (obtaining the animals by telling people they would be given a shelter and later good homes) might have better fit the situation as described.
Tidbit on PETA
An interesting page on how PETA runs a pet shelter. For people who consider humans and animals morally equivalent ... let's just say most death camps had a higher survival rate.
Courtesy of This Is True mail-list.
UPDATE: The shelter is in Norfolk VA. I remember its policies making the papers when I was in DC in the early 90s. Apparently, the story is a bit bigger than I remember. They've contracted to prove euthanasia services to several counties.
Here's the story from a local TV station.
"From PETA headquarters in Norfolk Friday, Newkirk said that the dogs and cats did not suffer in their deaths, so there was no cruelty.
She did say that PETA's policy is to euthanize animals here and then cremate them, not throw away the bodies. So, an investigation has been launched into the actions of the two employees.
Ahoskie police arrested the pair Wednesday night as they disposed of some bags into a dumpster. Police said the bags contained the bodies of 18 dogs; 13 other animals were found dead in a white panel van that’s registered to PETA.
Authorities said the animals were alive with the pair picked them up from animal shelters in Northampton and Bertie counties. The two were picking up animals to be brought back to PETA headquarters for euthanization, PETA president Ingrid Newkirk said Thursday.
Police have said that Cook and Hinkle said the dogs would be found good homes."
And here's a Virginia newspaper report:
"Both Northampton and Bertie [counties] currently use PETA for those services. Officials in both counties said they were under the impression that PETA would first have the animals fully evaluated by a veterinarian and then attempt to find them a good home. If that effort failed, they understood that PETA would euthanize the animals."
There were some other stories indicating that injectible drugs for euthanasia were found in the van, indicating the dogs had been killed shortly after being picked up, and ones from websites with an agenda saying that PETA's reports to the state indicate they'd euthanized over 10,000 critters.
Bad week for animal right terrorists
The WashPo reports that eleven members of Animal Liberation Front and Earth Liberation Front have been indicted for federal felonies stemming from arson attacks.