Thanks, I really appreciate the thoughtful reply! So, what then, is PETA's motive, in your opinion? Money? Or something more? I did hear about the situation with the cattle, that was very disheartening. I have to admit, I have a hard time following PETA...they contradict themselves at every turn. But, I'm really unsure where to turn to take the type of action many who contribute to PETA & the like WANT to take. Now, regarding your second paragraph - what do you mean? Who is prohibiting who from what? I wholeheartedly agree a yard dog, well loved & cared for, is way better off than a pound puppy! I don't believe, personally, in forcing anyone to spay or neuter. I think - for MOST - it's a good idea for sure though! Re: the comments there... : Nice. : Again, thank you for explaining a little - I'm still kind of sorting out my "stance" on this all.
As a long time animal lover/educator/activist/rescuer, I feel I must add my two pennies about the likes of PETA. :
If there's one thing I almost always see being brought up by people who are vehemently against the animal rights movement, it's the attack on PETA. PETA is a very easy target! Experience and a lot of research has shown me that there are really only a small handful of organizations out there who honestly and cohesively share the vision of compassionate treatment toward all animals.
Usually those people and organizations are a lot less visible, because we are the ones out there doing what needs to be done in a judicious manner. We peacefully, compassionately and non-violently conduct community outreach and education, provide resources and advice and offer friendly, involved support when needed, among other things.
Unfortunately PETA has the cash to be highly visible to the public eye with their foolish circus antics and IMHO, they are a horrible ambassador for animal liberation, animal rights, animal rescue and companion animals. They have been making a mockery of the AR movement for a good many years by abusing the public's trust with aggressive, hypocritical tactics. The people behind the curtain who are in charge of PETA's PR lack the necessary foundation of empathy, else they would take note that the public is aware of their non-sensical hysterics and are reacting as any normal person would when they feel they are being attacked, misled, lied to and deceived! :
PETA is making us, the hard working, sensible rescuers and preservationists look like utter nutcases who are deeply in need of serious therapy. I view PETA as painfully antithetical and it appears that they have completely lost focus of the original intent.
PETA's many different statements with regard to animals are, to many people, painfully paradoxical and just downright hypocritical.
As I mentioned above, I have been working with the public in a number of different facets. A large part of my work is with feral cats, feral cat colonies and their caretakers. We paradisiacally educate the public on the care and management of feral cat colonies, provide information about low-cost and free vaccinations, alterations (spay & neuter, commonly referred to as TNR, or Trap Neuter Return) in order to stop the growth of the colony (and overpopulation in general), etc.
TNR works. I bear witness many times over to this fact. The ASPCA and the HSUS are two well-known groups who endorse TNR. PETA, on the other hand, feel that feral cats should be euthanized: http://www.peta.org/campaigns/ar-feralcats.asp
Please check out my favorite group (in Seattle): http://www.feralcatproject.org
PETA continues to negate the meaning of compassion for animals and they've made the general public contrariant and antagonistic to the cause. I firmly believe that PETA has played and currently plays a significant role in the never-ending dissention and strife over the topic of animal rights among the general public.
Our volunteerism for the animals is all the more difficult with groups like PETA. People are less likely to take us seriously, less likely to trust us and less likely to try harder for the animals.