Thursday, August 23, 2007

PETA Is Hypocritical

So, let's see. Mike Vick gets reamed in the press for his part in an elaborate dogfighting scheme, and rightfully so. PETA seized the opportunity to take advantage of an easy mark to advance their agenda. Vick cops a plea. Everyone's happy. Thanks for coming out, God bless, good night.

Not so fast.

Turns out there were actually quite a few of the neglected dogs still alive. Since they're so passionate about all God's creatures, you'd think the fine folks at PETA would swoop right in and adopt these poor canines, giving them a safe and loving home for once, right?

Uh, not exactly.

The deadline has come and gone for the owners of 53 pit bulls seized in April from the Virginia property owned by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick to claim the animals, but the dogs' fate remains in limbo. Prosecutors have asked a federal judge for permission to exterminate the pit bulls, but it's not known when this would take place.

Owners had until 5 p.m. ET Thursday to claim dogs, said Mary Kay Hatton, division manager for the Clerk's Office at the U.S. Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. She said she's not expecting a judge to rule on the prosecutors' request.

Two of the dogs have died, and a third was returned to its owner August 13, according to court documents filed Thursday.

Officials and animal rights advocates agree that the dogs should be killed because their brutal training could make them a threat to people and other animals.

"These dogs are a ticking time bomb," Daphna Nachminovitch, a spokeswoman for PETA, told reporters. "Rehabilitating fighting dogs is not in the cards. It's widely accepted that euthanasia is the most humane thing for them."
So, let me see if I have this right: PETA, after slamming Vick for killing dogs, is going to allow half a hunned of them to be offed? Never mind the fact that dogfighting itself doesn't usually result in dead dogs (Vick killed the losers on his own, just out of spite). How much sense does that make?

To put things in some sort of perspective, nearly 10 million animals are euthanized in the US each year, but I'll dare you, heck, double dog dare you to tell me the last time such a case involving an animal drew this sort of scrutiny. Go ahead, Google dat' and holler back at me.

Seriously though: PETA dominates the news cycles for damn near a full month arguing for ethical treatment of animals, yet when they have the opportunity to actually save some a for a change, they punt. What part of the game is that? Ironically, the world's most accurate encyclopedia notes that PETA has come under scrutiny in the past for the number of animals they've had euthanized, so maybe this is just par for the course. They've also campaigned against KFC in the past, so clearly they aren't the black man's best friend.

This simply goes to prove my point: PETA jumped on this case, not to save these animals, but to advance their agenda, whatever in the hell it might be. They succeeded here, their work is done, and hey, if a few more animals had to die in the process, so be it.

Translation: YOU try spending another 2 weeks in Virginia in August! The guy's in jail, we're goin' home.

Net-Net: a dead dog is a dead dog. By passing when they had the opportunity to save the very animals they accused Mike Vick of putting in danger, PETA exposes itself as nothing more than a bunch of self-righteous, puppy loving hypocrites.

PETA: People Enthralled with Their Agenda. I like the sound of that.

Deadline passes for dog owners in Vick case to claim animals [CNN]

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