» What is Animal Rights?
What is Animal Rights?
Animal Rights (AR) is a small and powerful group of people who are systematically taking away our right to own pets, to eat meat, to hunt and fish. These people are dedicated to their one end goal, and they have utilized many methods of attaining it. They are financially backed by the unsuspecting who innocently believe that the AR groups are going to benefit the animals.
What are the Animal Rights groups?
We've all heard of them. PETA. HSUS. ASPCA. These are the big three organizations behind the animal rights movement. There are many small AR organizations, as well as a number of affiliated groups.
AR is not about the well being of animals. That would be Animal Welfare. Your local shelter is possibly called SPCA or HS. They are not affiliated with the national organizations of similar names. They may or may not be associated with Animal Rights.
How do the AR Groups work?
One of the primary ways the Animal Rights movement plans on attaining it's goal of taking away our right to own pets is through legislation. Some of these laws are breed specific legislation, mandatory spay/neuter, pet limit laws, guardianship laws, mandatory microchipping. All these laws and others make owning pets extraordinarily difficult or even impossible. They force people to give up beloved pets. They mandate surgical procedures done for our pets, they make owning an intact animal unreasonably expensive. They dictate how many pets we can own.
The AR groups have a carefully planned agenda. They come armed with skewed statistics, they have drafted bills, they cite other locales where these laws have been passed. They don't mention the fact that the laws didn't actually work as intended. They leave out the part where the laws have been repealed in some cities.
What should you do to fight back?
In order to protect your right to own pets, it's critical that you stay informed. There are email lists and websites where you can find out which laws are being proposed in your town and state. Arm yourself with the facts. Understand the real meaning behind the laws and the reasons why they are ineffective and unamerican. Use the resources on the email lists and websites to propose alternate pet friendly laws.
Contact everyone you know in the area who has pets or works with pets.Know how to contact lawmakers. Write letters to the papers. Put flyers up in the neighborhood. Get as many people as you can actively involved.
Politicians care immensely about votes. There are many more people who want to own animals, who want to eat meat, who want to hunt and fish than there are animal rights activists. But it's the AR people who are visible. If everyone opposed to these laws contacted their representatives, it would be clear that the majority of voters were against these laws.
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