Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Social Dynamic

The social dynamic is simple. The animal rights activists persuaded owners of traditional pets to fight each other and fight against owners of exotic animals. This took power away from owners of traditional pets, who seem to be blissfully unaware that this war has been fought back and forth for at least fifty years.

They got this "adopt, don't buy" garbage going in which they got way too many people to believe that dogs should not be bred, else the species will be irreparably harmed. In doing so they also gained a measure of control over the use of the term "extinction" that is frightening.

Some dog owners, perhaps a loud minority, were persuaded of a false and damaging paradigm. "Rescuing" somehow helps the species, but reproduction, the only way to replace animals that have died of old age, is now villified. There are people who believe that surgical sterilization saves lives when that actually prevents lives, kills their chances before they are even conceived. It's like death, only pre-emptive.

Attacking the owners of tigers and other exotics further wastes the power of traditional pet owners. Most owners of tigers and other exotics, except for a few bastards, are one hundred percent behind pet ownership rights, the right to own cats and dogs. As owners of exotics they have some pull. When they were forcibly disenfranchised they became much less able to help dog and cat owners.

I've lost count of the ways that owners of so-called traditional pets have hurt themselves at the behest of the animal rights activists. They got dog and cat owners to fight against ownership of big cats and primates, wasting the power that dog and cat owners have and empowering the activists. The punishment for this is being administered to dog and cat owners by the activists. When deaths of dogs in shelters hit an all-time low, the activists became more demanding, more dictatorial, more punitive, and more destructive. They are also corrupt.

It has happened before and the bad laws have been repealed before. Pennsylvania repealed most of their dog laws in 1965. Other states have done the same. Several states have laws against "animal control" in unincorporated areas because of previous bad experiences with activists, who can pop up out of nowhere, lie about how you're taking care of your dogs and horses, and make off with them.

The way in is the way out. We will not regain our right to choose our so-called traditional pets until people who want tigers, lions, chimpanzees, and so on regain their rights.

Friday, March 19, 2010

No One Under the Bus

Owners of so-called traditional pets have always been able to count on owners of exotic animals to support the right to own those so-called traditional pets. Owners of exotics have not always received the same courtesy. A lot of owners of dogs and horses say "Why would you want to own a snake? Why would you want to own a tiger?" Don't you know those animals can kill you?!" As if horses and dogs can't and don't.

There is poetic justice in the fact that owners of traditional pets are suffering in the hands of the people that they have empowered to attack the owners of so-called exotics like lions and tigers. Some really infamous stories are coming from Florida about the mistreatment of dog breeders and owners by animal control there. Florida is a state where a small board is allowed to decide that people may no longer own their pet lions, snakes, or anything else, even though that board is commissioned to protect native wildlife, not people's pets.

Iowa is going through some really hard times for the same reason. The activists got the power when they went after exotic animal owners. Now they are the ones punishing people who own dogs and horses, which is what they intended to do in the first place. Anyone who has any familiarity with them at all knows about the Wayne Pacelle quotes like "one generation and out." There are other famous quotes from activists including the one about not wanting to see another dog or cat born and Bruce Friederich's wanting McDonald's to explode because they serve meat.

It is poetic justice. Poetic justice is the kind of retribution that people bring on themselves, arrange for themselves, and provide the power and money for. Owners of traditional pets in several places around the world have arranged the loss of their own rights by what they think of as a circuitous route. They gave up the opportunity to stop the activists. They took away a lot of the motivation that owners of foxes, bears, lions, and tigers had and practically all of their power. They stripped themselves of their allies and of a buffer between them and the activists. They took away from good people animals that were very special to them. In every way they made the actions of the activists appear to be justifiable. I am not sure why I still think that it's wrong, except that it's wrong to swindle people.

This is something that a lot of pet owners have done to themselves and still do to themselves. I just want everyone to go back to taking care of each other like we used to instead of this crap.