02-09-2008, 10:06 PM
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Where the selas blooms
Anyone who gathers this data is dismissed, because now the numbers,
which were once touted as so compelling, are "not important". The
council members or supervisors are sold "the big lie." The Big Lie is
a propaganda technique. It was defined by Adolf Hitler in his 1925
autobiography Mein Kampf . It is a lie so "colossal" that no one
would believe that someone "could have the impudence to distort the
truth so infamously".
In the case of pet overpopulation the Big Lie is promoted over and
over to city officials and the public, to the point of where they no
longer can process logical arguments against the lie and accept it as
fact without question. They come to fully believe that there is a
crisis of pet overpopulation, that the public has not responded to
education and the problem is getting worse and worse and we must
enact coercive and draconian legislation because all else has failed.
Breeders are unethical and unregulated and need to be controlled.
Intact animals bite and run at large while altered ones do not. Every
intact animal is a ticking time bomb and a single female cat can
produce 470 thousand cats in seven years and a single female dog 65
thousand dogs***8212;everyone knows this to be true!
In fact, there has been a dramatic reduction in the number of pets
euthanized. The most reliable data available indicates between 3 and
4 million animals were euthanized in shelters last year. This
includes feral cats, ill and infirm animals, dangerous animals, and
owner turn in for euthanasia. These numbers are a far cry from the 25
million estimated 30 years ago and these numbers have decreased in
spite of an increase in the number of total pets and a doubling of
the expected lifespan of dogs in homes (mostly due to leash laws). It
is estimated that voluntary S/N rates for cats are around 90% and 75%
for dogs (numbers from HSUS, American Pet Products Manufacturer'-s
Association and Animal People). Spay/neuter for pets is an easy sell
and represents one of the most successful social change efforts of
Before dog and cat fanciers are aware that such legislation is even
being considered, senior staff and legislators have been
indoctrinated to believe that there is a crisis so great and so
intractable that extreme coercive and punitive action must be taken,
that breeders are the scum of the earth, that a single intact animal
is a threat to the community and thus vets must report animals not
neutered by 4 months to animal control, that the community supports
this draconian legislation, and that it has been hugely successful
every where enacted. Any evidence to the contrary is dismissed as
false information from breeders who are trying to protect
their "business". Anyone who opposes the ordinance is demeaned as a
selfish and heartless "special interest" while the so-called
coalition is presented as representing the interests of the larger
community and the animals.
The legislation is then presented to the municipal legislative body
by staff as the extensive work of a "taskforce", all "stakeholders"
have been involved, and it is specially designed to meet the needs of
the community. In fact, the legislation is the "canned" product of an
animal rights group and these taskforces are rigged, and anyone who
does not agree with the agenda is not invited to the private
meetings, or if initially involved but not with the
program, "chilled" out of the proceedings by the dominant group.
The real kicker in all of this is that the agenda and legislative
lobby work of a special interest group (possibly with a 501c3 status
which means they should not be political) is presented to the council
members or supervisors as a recommendation of staff. This makes
passing it a knee jerk as councils or boards rubber stamp just about
anything staff recommends in virtually every community. In some cases
a MSN ordinance is not even presented to the public and is attempted
to be snuck through on a consent calendar (Sacramento City August
It is my belief that the greatest threat to the ownership of pets
lies in the stealth enactment of these ordinances in our communities.
And this is not just happening in California, the land of fruits and
nuts. Hendersonville, NC, Palm Beach, FL, Little Rock, AR, San
Antonio, TX, Albuquerque, NM are some of the communities considering
or enacting extreme AC ordinances.
In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves. ~Buddha
Stupid is the most notoriously incurable and contagious disease known to mankind. If you find yourself in close proximity to someone infected with stupid, walk away as soon as said infection is noted.
There are few things more nauseating than pure obedience. ~ Kvothe
***8206;"silence is the language of god, all else is poor translation."
Be a god. Know when to shut up.
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