HSUS = No Dog Breeders, No Dogs and No Food

Posted on 04/20/2009

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At NICE, we support farmers, ranchers and those who breed all animals but especially dogs. Without dogs we would not have an organic food system-we would all be forced to be vegans one of the most harmful diets on Earth. 

There is a reason that there aren’t any vegan societies; you can’t survive as a civilization on a vegan or even vegetarian diet. Save dogs, save dog breeders, save America.

NICE, The National Institute of Canine Experts
> In reality, at the show or not – we talk dogs because they are so much a part of our lives.
> So if the AR’s are listening and if you love dogs, remember this statement 
> from Wayne Pacelle which is all over the Internet:
> “One generation and out. We have no problem with the extinction of domestic 
> animals. They are creations of human selective breeding.”

Wayne’s response to this quote (from his blog http://hsus.typepad.com/wayne/2007/07/desperate-disto.html):

“Our opponents have always resorted to dredging up very old quotes and taking them out of context, or even revising or inventing quotes out of whole cloth….

“But perhaps the most favored quote that many of our opponents return to, including the hired guns at the consistently reckless Center for Consumer Freedom, was one attributed to me in 1993 (14 years ago): We have no ethical obligation to preserve the different breeds of livestock produced through selective breeding… One generation and out. We have no problems with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective breeding….

“Heres what happened with this supposed iteration. Several years before I joined the staff of The HSUS, in 1992 or 1993, I appeared at an agricultural forum to address the issue of animal welfare in American agriculture. In the question and answer session, an attendee asked whether there should be an attempt to preserve all breeds of exotic livestock. I was specifically queried about so-called heirloom breeds (older breed variations that are often not used any longer for a commercial purpose and whose continued survival as a breed may be in jeopardy) and their value to agriculture. 

“At the time, I did not consider the fate of such breeds an ethically significant dilemma (my views have become more nuanced on that topic through the years). At the time, I replied by saying that I did not believe we had a moral obligation to the animals to preserve such breeds; in short, I said we did not need an endangered species act for rare livestock breeds…

“Their claim here is that this bill is part of a larger strategy to eliminate pet keepingand that is demonstrably false.

The policy positions of The HSUS, of course, are not a secret. Anyone can go to humanesociety.org and read our board-approved policy statements.”

(End Pacelle quote)

This made me curious, so I went to their policy statements to see what HSUS said about “companion animals.” Here’s what I found:

http://www.hsus.org/about_us/statements/statement_on_companion.html

The Statement on Companion animals encompasses 6 areas:

Assistance animals

Cosmetic surgery on animals

Homelessness (BTW this refers to homeless animals, not homeless people!)

Pets in Housing

Pet Stores

Pound seizure

Under the section on Homelessness:

We support the enactment and enforcement of animal control ordinances designed to regulate, deter, and reduce companion animal breeding, and we encourage cooperation between animal shelters and veterinarians in implementing sterilization programs and other solutions to the problem of companion animal homelessness. 

Compare that to the ASPCA’s extensive statement on companion animals

http://www.aspca.org/about-us/policy-positions/:

Because there are homeless pets awaiting adoption in almost every community in the nation, the ASPCA strongly advocates that persons wishing to acquire a pet consider adopting one from a shelter or other source of homeless animals. Those who are committed to acquiring a specific breed of animal should locate a responsible breeder. The ASPCA does not support purchasing or otherwise acquiring animals from large-scale commercial breeders, the retail outlets they supply, or casual backyard breeders.

Notice which phrase the HSUS left out? Responsible breeder. The HSUS does not support responsible breeding, it aims to regulate, deter, and reduce breeding. 

The overpopulation situation of dogs versus cats is vastly different, and I am only talking about dogs here. Cats, because they can survive and reproduce quite successfully in the wild (“feral cats”), have a much different situation. Domestic dogs don’t survive well in the wild. 

Over thousands of years, humans have successfully protected and bred dogs to enhance certain abilities. Bloodhounds have a natural ability to track, making them useful for locating the little girl missing in the woods, or a convicted criminal on the loose. Dogs like the Border collie have an incredible natural ability to herd, making them a respected partner for the farmer with livestock. Some larger dogs have wonderful strength and stamina which make them ideal for police dogs (German Shepherds, Rottweilers). But not all dogs make the best partners with every individual, because different breeds of dogs are so completely different. 

If we value and want to protect the future of our dogs, and their unique characteristics– such as the loveable friendliness of a Golden Retriever, the imposing strength of a German Shepherd dog, or the protective companionship of a Yorkshire Terrier– we MUST respect and appreciate the efforts of responsible breeders. If we seek to “regulate, deter, and reduce” companion animal breeding, where will our dogs come from? Dogs in shelters and rescues don’t come from shelters and rescues— they come from breeders (good or bad) or accidental breeding. If we legislate those breeders out of existence, and owners sterilize their pets, again I must ask…. where will our dogs come from? The accidental breeding in the wild? The criminals who randomly breed dogs illegally for drug money? 

I will stand up for my right to have a well-bred dog, bred for a good temperament and healthy body. I will stand up for my children’s right to have the dog they choose, with characteristics important to them. 

I support responsible breeders, even if that puts me at odds with the Humane Society of the U.S. I will fight legislation which makes it impossible for good breeders to continue. I will evaluate supposed “puppy mill bills” to see if they will quash bad breeders, or will eliminate ALL breeding such as “Chloe’s Bill” in Illinois which targeted breeders with as few as three dogs. I will support groups that house and protect homeless animals (such as my local shelter), not “Humane” groups with multi-million dollar incomes.