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Did you know???  Dogs are mentioned 14 times in the Bible

In defense of dog breeders

Where do Hamburgers come from?


Do you know the difference between Animal Rights and Animal Welfare??  Know the difference!!!
A direct quote from PETA:
" The cat, like the dog, must disappear... We should cut the domestic animals free from our dominance by neutering, neutering and more neutering, until our pathetic version of the domestic pet ceases to exist."--John Bryant, (PeTA,)
PLEASE HELP PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF WV ANIMAL OWNERS   It is our duty as citizens (local, WV and U.S.) to know the laws. It's time to spread the word to the WV animal owning population that there are people out there trying to create laws that have the potential to affect every aspect of all animal ownership. Please join our group, and help preserve your right to keep animals!

For those in the West: Responsible Dog Owners of the West Responsible Dog Owners of the Western States was founded October 15, 1989. It is a not for profit group. Our supporters include pure-bred, rare breed, mixed breed owners, breeders, trainers, exhibitors, breed clubs, obedience clubs, and even people who don't own dogs, but are sympathetic to the right to keep and own dogs responsibly

 

PET SHOPS ON-LINECOMMITTEE AGAINST ANIMAL RIGHTS EXTREMISM Many commonsense, compassionate people who love their animals do not understand the true nature of the animal rights movement. They care about their animals and want to insure they are treated humanely. Because they have been misled into believing that the movement is about something else (helping animals), they "think" they are for animal rights. What they actually believe in is animal welfare, from a responsible animal ownership perspective. They own and love animals and care for them and do not want to see any animal abused. Read more...


 

Animal Rights Vs. Animal Welfare

Animal WELFARE is about humane treatment of animals; in  fact, animal welfare is essentially synonymous with  the original humane movement begun in England in  the l840's.

Animal RIGHTS is claiming animals have  legal rights, as people do, and the most basic  animal right is the right not to be owned or used for any  purpose at all by human  beings.

Animal WELFARE supporters aim for a  balance between owning and using animals as humanely  as possible and allowing owners and breeders their  rights to own, use, and breed  animals.

Animal RIGHTS supporters aim to end  all ownership, use, and breeding of all animals.   They envision a world in which no animals are left anywhere,  because, allegedly, man has so mis-treated  animals, man no longer deserves to have animals.   If it is not possible to end the existence of all animals by  sterilization, then at least, all animals should be  set free to make their way in the wilderness.   Anything less than that is  slavery.

Animal RIGHTS people do NOT believe in  animal welfare. On the contrary, they are not  interested in so-called humane treatment of animals, because  they believe there should be no interaction at all  between animals and human  beings.

Roberta  Pliner
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Animal Shelters


A brief guide to America's shelters, who is taking credit for what, and where your donations go.   Wayne Cavanaugh (President of the United Kennel Club)

Did you ever get mail from the "humane society"? Donation solicitations, Christmas cards, free address labels? Was it from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the American Humane Association (AHA), or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)? Did you ever wonder who they are and what they do? What about during disaster relief efforts, did you
ever wonder where to send your donations?


Don't know the answers to these questions? You are not alone. Even among the most dedicated dog lovers there is huge misunderstanding and confusion when it comes to our nation's shelters and the SAS Ė that is, the Shelter Alphabet Soup, that comes with them.


In the late 1990's, a group called the California Coalition of Animal Advocates convened to try to find answers to issues dog-related population issues. Their work included a study to find out who and where the animal shelters were in America. It sounded easy enough until they discovered that a national list of shelters did not exist, and, contrary to popular opinion, there wasn't a "humane society" or any other type of organization that oversaw all of America's shelters!

So who, what, and where are the nation's shelters? Who are these big fund-raising groups, and how are they related to shelters? Where do they get their money, and who is running them? To start, the coalition funded a study to create shelter list of every shelter in America. They knew it would always be changing and would never be complete, but they also knew it would be a lot better than what existed, which was nothing. They hired university graduate students to do the only thing that would work Ė the students called every town, municipality, city, village, township, hamlet and county in America and asked if they had a shelter, what they called it and who ran it. The answers were interesting and the list was compiled. Today, there is still no national organization overseeing or coordinating America's shelters.

Here are some facts that most people do not realize.


The Humane Society of the Untied States (HSUS) does not operate a single animal shelter in America or anywhere else. That's right, not one. Makes you wonder how many people send them money thinking they were the local animal shelter.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) does operate a shelter and an animal hospital - they are both in New York City. That's it, a New York City shelter only. It is a highly regarded shelter, but New York clearly isn't the nationwide shelter list some people think of when they think of the ASPCA. To be fair, the ASPCA does humane work all over the nation, but as far as operating shelters, well, no.
The American Humane Association (AHA) operates no shelters, but does have about 300 shelters that are affiliated and agree to maintain AHA standards of care at their shelters.
What about the SPCA? Is there a national organization called the SPCA (society for the prevention of cruelty to animals)? Nope. Sorry. "SPCA" is simply a term, or abbreviation, used for most any animal shelter but it is NOT a nationwide organization. It's a generic for what we say instead of "dog pound", "animal shelter", or "humane society".

Now you can see the confusion! When national groups use words like humane society, or letters such as SPCA in their name, people think they are giving to their local shelter. But they, of course, are not.

So who runs the local shelter in your town? It could be anyone from volunteers, to your local government, to a private party. Many rural areas simply have a person, with a few extra kennel runs, who the town pays to house the strays. In more populated areas where actual dedicated buildings exists, the shelters are funded by any combination of tax dollars, donations, adoptions fees and dog license fees. (It is interesting to note that the shelters house dogs and cats, but since hardly anyone licenses cats, the dog license fees pay the bills for both dogs and cats.)

These shelters are named anything from the "SPCA of Whatever County" to the "Humane Society of Whatever Township", but are not affiliated with either national group, the ASPCA or HSUS. Within a county or state, the shelters may meet for educational purposes or to share information but not as a member of a national fund raising group that operates and fund shelters.

So what does the ASPCA, HSUS, and AHA do with all of their money if it is not going to your local shelter? Each has their own agenda. They all advertise, use money to raise money, and draft and lobby for legislation. Some may agree with none, all, or some of what they support. The AHA has the contract to oversee and ensure the safety all animals used while filming a movie. They have done so for years
and have done an admirable job. However, they are also opposed to hunting. So are the ASPCA and, obviously, HSUS. Do they help protect animals? Yes, they do. But does their agenda agree with your individual ideas and philosophy? Hang on, you better check. Check a lot. Go to their websites. Call them. Dig deeper into their agendas. See what legislation and advertising campaigns they are spending donated money on.

HSUS for example, in addition to the troubled PAWS legislation, is also spending donations on a new campaign to prevent America's youth from hunting before they are 18 years old. (For those familiar with the PAWS bill, this is typical HSUS Ė set limits first then adjust them to extinction!) These campaigns and laws are often being funded by well intended people who think they are giving to their local shelter! But you now know that is not true.
With Hurricane Katrina, watch the big PR money being spent by some of these groups, and other dog organizations, as they exploit the hurricane victims by trying to raise money that goes who knows where. Is that money all going to relief? Let's hope so. We have heard that good money is starting to get spent in the hurricane ravaged areas. Or is some going to fund anti-hunting and anti- breeding legislation? It almost seems as though where some see despair and horror, others see a PR opportunity, so who knows?

The bottom line is that there are thousands of shelters in America, all of which are individually operated and funded locally. They always need resources and support. Then, there are large groups who raise money by using the goodwill of words like "humane" and "cruelty" in their national name. To add another layer of concern, while your local independent shelter is not run by HSUS, AHA, or the ASPCA (unless you are in New York City), you really have no idea what the mission of your local shelter is. Your job is to ask.

There are many, many excellent and worthy local shelters that need your donations and will use them directly to help dogs. But before you open your wallet, ask what will be done with your money.


Consider donating food and supplies which can't be as easily used to pay government lobbyists. Ask what they believe in. Then ask yourself what you believe in and where you draw the line. We should and we must help those less fortunate. We must not forget the people and the dogs who need help from the hurricane. We must do so from our hearts, though, and not to take credit or exploit the situation. And we must make sure our efforts are in line with our private individual beliefs.
From the Dog Press
 

 

June 13, 2006 - AA LEGISLATION


You know what's going on in America. For want of a more descriptive term, let's call it AA Legislation because that's exactly what it is. Anti-animal, Anti-America. It goes by other names such as animal rights, animal control and more accurately spay/neuter. But don't think for one minute that it hasn't always been anti-America!

The cleverly subversive laws began to erode your rights 25 years ago. You were too busy to notice that your kids were taught to disrespect your family values and customs by PETA-supplied materials. There were other signals but you had a litter to plan, dog shows to enter, and your job and family to worry about. That pretty well filled your plate and you pushed "bad news" to the back burner. Even as your awareness grew, you left it to others to stir the pot.

Start a list of things of rights you gave up. It will be a long list. Let's take just one example. Smoking. I was a smoker but it wasn't the tobacco I gave up, it was the ever-increasing chemicals and addictive substances that I finally rejected. My grandfathers smoked for a thousand years. It did them no harm. Tobacco was clean, a religious and ceremonial tool.

So you smoke or you don't but now you can't smoke in public. If you live next to a righteous non-smoker in Florida you can't light up in your own home! You gave up that right long before you were made to feel guilty for poisoning others with second hand smoke. Now you pay more for a pack of cigarettes than the alcoholic pays for a bottle of booze! But who's counting?

Here's an interesting fact for pot smokers or those who remember when Coke contained cocaine. Over 300,000 deaths per year from prescription drugs rivals stats on those who die from "illegal" (non-taxed, non-regulated, non-doctor dispensed) drugs. But who's reporting that?

While you're mulling over the loss of your constitutional right to bear arms to protect your family from an oppressive government that can't protect them.... well, think about how personal and how warped laws and regulations have become. My new car insists on locking me in. At least the windows roll all
the way down... But I don't have kids and when I did have small children, I never lost one out the window! I can't open a pill bottle but I don't even know anyone who's kid got sick from eating a pain reliever much less Advil!

Now "they" are telling you to castrate your stud dog or shell over the bucks to keep him whole. The show bitch you raised from a promising whelp to become the future of your bitch line has to be spayed - or else. And these are not "dangerous dogs" we're talking about. It is your Cocker, your Newfie, or
your toy Poodle. You start counting heads, and the yearly bribe to your county or city is can be more than the "rent" you pay them to live in the house you "own." Sobering thought. So it isn't a fee, it is blackmail! Extortion.


Lay your list aside. You get the point. You can no longer have an intact dog behind the expensive fencing you installed because you are a responsible owner. You live in a penthouse with a toy dog that uses pee pee pads? Doesn't matter, they will know you have him, microchips and vet records are a dead giveaway.... So pay the surgical fee or pay off the racketeers, i.e. politicians.

Make no mistake. The current legislation mania is but one more step in a concerted, well organized plan to destroy all that Americans hold dear. Communist plot? Who knows? There are some who catalog the first assault as an obscure group calling itself "People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals."

Where did PETA get millions of start up funding with which to send out those solicitations? What about ALF and ELF? Good questions but what matters is that you recognize the threat and rise up to defeat it. Our forefathers left Europe because of oppression. They came to a new land and carved out a
place to call home. They dumped some tea in Boston Harbor to symbolize freedom from unfair taxation.

For over a century, our soldiers have given their lives to protect the hallmark of American beliefs - freedom from oppression and undue taxation.

Freedom from illegal search and seizure. Sure. Tell it to Denver dog owners!

We protected our homes from "savages" and now we open the door to inspectors.


We stood up to the King Of England. Now we bow down to a dog warden.

We wrote a Constitution. Now we are afraid to invoke our rights.

Brave men died so we could remain Americans, but who remembers the Alamo?

We are way too civilized now. We "talk out" our problems. We "come together" and by committee, we hand over our rights. Where once we elected Leaders to represent us, we now send political lackeys out to collect bribes and perks and we're so used to it, we shrug off the latest scandal on nightly news.
Or do we?

Dog owners gave a solidly entrenched California senator the boot. Kicked her out in the primaries. We're not rid of Santorum but he saw defeat and tabled PAWS. Now we have a NY Assemblywoman who says you can't crop or dock your dog. If I were to do my own tails (it would take one minute per pup, no stressful trip to the vet for mom, and the pups would be back to sleep before they could be put back on the nipple) I'd probably be fined a grand per pup instead of the $500 per violation that publicity-seeking twit wants!

I hope New Yorkers do to her what Californians did to Speier. Are we strong enough to send a message, loud and clear?

We are Americans! We come from fighting stock and we have seen the enemy. Black, white, red, and yellow; we are mad Americans and we ain't gonna take it any more. Democrat, Republican, Independent, it does not matter. We are going to fight for the few rights we have left and our companion animals are at the top of the list.

There has never been progress without revolt. That is the foundation upon which America was built. Our forefathers brought their dreams and their pets to America. Dog owners are nearly half the population. We hold the power. And we use it to defeat every politician who tries to take away our God-given right to own dogs! There's a new kid on the block and he's a dog owner.
In fact, he probably has a bumper sticker that says "My Dog Votes" and he means it!

Barbara J. Andrews
Managing Editor

Letters & Comment Welcomed to:
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In Defense of Dog Breeders


How Animal Rights Has Twisted Our Language

by JOHN YATES
American Sporting Dog Alliance
http://www.americansportingdogalliance.org

ďYouíre a dog breeder!!!!!!!!!!!!Ē

In todayís world, that is a very loaded statement. Itís more like an accusation.

ďI told the television news reporter that I breed dogs,Ē a friend from Dallas told me recently. ďHe looked at me like I was a harlot.Ē

Dog owners have allowed the animal rights movement to redefine our language in order to paint everything we do in the worst possible light. If we say that we breed dogs, the looks we get ask us if we own a ďpuppy millĒ or if we are a ďbackyard breeder.Ē

If we reply that we are a ďhobby breeder,Ē someone immediately asks how we can consider living creatures a hobby. Some of us try the word ďfancier.Ē We fool no one.

The most pathetic response to the question is when we call ourselves ďresponsible breeders.Ē Responsible to whom? Who defines ďresponsibleĒ and ďirresponsible?Ē Some bureaucrat? A politician? Animal rights cretins who say there is no such thing as a responsible breeder? Animal rights fanatics would rather kill all animals than see someone love them. In fact, thatís their plan.

If we say we are not breeders, it makes us ďpet hoarders.Ē We are tarred as mentally ill people in need of psychotherapy.

The entire language about dog ownership has been hijacked by the rhetoric of the animal rights movement.

The worst part is that we have allowed it to happen. We are too fearful and wimpy to stand up for ourselves. We keep searching for inoffensive euphemisms to describe what we do, so that we donít open ourselves up to attack.

By doing that, however, we have engineered our own demise.

The animal rights movement will not go away. Its agenda is to destroy our right to own or raise animals. Animal rights groups have declared war on all animal ownership, and they wonít stop until they either win or we finally have the courage to stand up and defeat them.

They have not taken that kind of power over us. We have given it away. We have surrendered our beliefs to the enemy.

We apologize for what we do. We make weak excuses for things like animal shelter euthanasia, accidental matings, dog fighting and dangerous dogs. We take at least part of the responsibility for these problems onto our own shoulders, when in truth we have no responsibility at all for creating them.

None whatsoever!

I am sick and tired of watching dog owners constantly apologize and grovel, and allowing themselves to be put on the defensive.

Enough! Itís time to stop sniveling about who we are and what we do.

Let me state clearly and for the record: I am a dog breeder. I breed dogs. I raise puppies. I like it. Iím very proud of it.

If you donít like it, you are free to take a flying leap. I donít care what you think of me or what I do.

I raise two or three litters of English setter puppies a year. I wish I could raise more puppies, but canít figure out how to do it without driving myself into bankruptcy.

My dogs work for a living, just like I do. They have to be good at their jobs, just like I do. If they arenít good at their jobs, I donít keep them and I certainly donít breed them.

They are hunting dogs, and they have to be able to perform to a very demanding standard of excellence to be worthy of breeding. They have to meet the exacting standard of championship-quality performance in the toughest competition.

They are professional athletes.

Most of them donít make the cut. Those dogs make wonderful hunting companions or family members.
I have never had a dog spayed or neutered, except for medical reasons, and I donít intend to start now. If a dog is good enough for me to keep, it is good enough to breed.

Nor have I ever sold a puppy on a spay/neuter contract. With performance dogs, it takes two or three years to know what you have. There is no way that anyone can know the full potential or worthiness of a young puppy. I hope every puppy that I sell will become a great one that is worthy of being bred.

I do not feel bad (and certainly do not feel guilty) if someone decides to breed a dog from my kennel that I did not choose to keep for myself when it was a puppy. It still will be a very nice dog, and I have worked very hard on my breeding program for 35 years to assure that very high quality genetics will be passed along and concentrated in any dog that I sell.

On occasion, I have a puppy that has a serious flaw. I donít sell those puppies, even though they would make many people very happy. I give them away free to good homes, and the definition of a good home is mine because itís my puppy. I own it. You donít.

My responsibility is to the puppy. It is not to you, and itís not to some gelatinous glob called ďsociety.Ē I consider myself to be personally responsible for every puppy I raise, from birth until the day it dies. It always has a home in my kennel, if its new owner canít keep it or no longer wants it.

Thatís a contract written in blood between the puppy and me. Itís a contract written with a handshake with the puppyís new owner.

I laugh cynically when someone from the Humane Society of the United States or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals ask if I am a responsible breeder. HSUS and PETA are two of the most vicious, bloodthirsty and dishonest snake pits on Earth. Their moral credibility is a negative number. PETA butchers more than 90-percent of the animals it ďrescuesĒ every year, and HSUS supports programs and policies that result in the needless deaths of hundreds of thousands of animals every year.

By now, I assume that I have pushed all of the buttons of the animal rights crazies. I can hear them snort and see their pincurls flapping in indignation. It makes my day.

Canít you hear them, too? They are calling me an exploiter of animals. They are saying that I ruthlessly cull and manipulate the genetics of my dogs. They saying that I make the exploited poor beasts work for a living and live up to impossible standards. They will say that I do this to feed and gratify my own fat ego. They will say that I sell them for money and exploit them for personal gain. Then, of course, they will say that I use them to viciously hunt innocent wild animals.

Terrible, terrible me! My mother should have a son like this! She was such a nice woman.

Well, I plead guilty to all of the charges. Know what else? I donít feel guilty, not even a little bit. I do it. I like it. I feel good about it.

Now I will speak in my own defense Ė as a dog breeder.

I happen to love dogs. I love being around them. I love working with them. I love watching a puppy grow up and discover its potential. I love having the privilege of experiencing a truly great dog in its prime. I love sharing supper with my dogs, wrestling with puppies, and sacking out with them on the couch. I lose sleep when they get sick, and work myself unmercifully to care for them. I spend almost all of the money I have on them, and some money that I donít have. My heart breaks when they grow old and die. I have a dozen lifetimes worth of beautiful memories.

What do the animal rights freaks have? They have their ideology. They look in the mirror and feel smug and self-righteous, as if God has personally anointed them to protect animals from the likes of me.

What they have is nothing at all. Utter sterility. A world devoid of life and love.

They can keep it.

My life is filled with love and joy and beauty, and I owe most of it to my dogs. They have helped to keep me sane when sanity was not a given. They have given me courage on the days when all I wanted to do was lie down and quit. They have given me strength to endure on the days when all I wanted to do is run away and hide.

I owe them my life.

The animal rights folks are right. I ruthlessly cull and manipulate genetics. To make the cut, my breeding dogs have had to live up to the most exacting possible standards and pass the most strenuous tests.

I am very proud of doing that.

The result is that the vast majority of people who buy a puppy from me love it. When I sell a puppy, chances are that it has found a home for the rest of its life. The puppy will have a great chance of leading a wonderful life. I produce puppies that make people happy to own them and want to keep them. Thatís my job as a breeder.

I have done this through rigorous selection. My puppies today are the result of 35 years of my stubborn insistence about never breeding a dog that does not have a wonderful disposition, perfect conformation, great intelligence, exceptional natural ability, breathtaking style and that mysterious ingredient called genius.

Every puppy born in my kennel has six or eight or 10 generations of my own dogs in its pedigree. All of those ancestors possess a high level of each of those desirable traits. I have raised, trained and grown old with every dog listed in several generations of each puppyís pedigree.

Simply put, my puppies today are a lot nicer than my puppies of 35 years ago. Today, there is a much higher percentage of good ones, a much lower percentage of deficient ones, a much higher average of good qualities, and a much higher percentage of true greatness emerging from my kennel today.


Thatís what it means to be a breeder.

Does that feed my ego? Yep. I like having my ego stroked. Donít you? If you donít, you are in very deep trouble as a human being.

But Iíll tell you what else it does. It makes for happier dogs. It makes for dogs that lead better lives, find permanent families and homes, and get to experience love in many forms.

It also makes for healthier dogs. Generation after generation of perfect functional conformation means that the dogs are less likely to get injured, wear out or develop arthritis. Many generations of selection for vigor, toughness and good health means that they are able to laugh at the extremes of climate, weather and terrain.

I also have virtually eliminated genetic health problems from my strain of dogs. For example, hip dysplasia is the most common genetic problem in English setters, afflicting a reported four-percent of the breed. In the past 20 years, I have had only two questionable hip x-rays, which both would be rated ďfairĒ by the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA). The last one was 10 years ago.

Yes, I am very proud of being a breeder. I did that.

I am proud, too, that I am producing dogs that are so intelligent that itís scary, so loyal that they can be your complete partner in the field while also possessing the extreme independence needed to do their job well, so loving that you want them with you every second of the day, so bold and brazen that nothing bothers them, and just plain drop-dead gorgeous to boot.

They make me smile a lot. I think I make them smile, too.

But, the animal rights whackos say I am doing it for the money. They accuse me of exploiting animals for profit.

Yep. Every chance I get. I am very happy when I am able to sell a puppy for cold, hard cash. It makes me feel good.

It makes me feel good because it shows me that someone appreciates the work I am doing. It makes me feel good because I have earned it, and earned it honestly.

My only regret is that I have not made more money as a breeder. With all of the sacrifices I have made and the hard work I have done, I should be rolling in money.

Alas, I am not.

It has been years since I actually have made money on a litter of puppies. Usually, I lose my shirt.

For every puppy I sell, there is another one that I keep to evaluate, and a couple of other ones that I am keeping for two or three years to evaluate for their worthiness to breed. Then there are dogs that are in competition, and that costs bushels of money, not to mention old dogs that are retired and have a home here until they die of old age. Almost a third of the dogs in my kennel are elderly and retired, and it takes a lot of money to care for them.

It takes money for dog food, supplies, veterinary bills, kennel licenses, repairs, vehicle use for training and field trials, advertising, internet, phone bills, and four pairs of good boots a year. It takes money. Lots of money. Bundles of money.

Oh, Lord, please help me to sell some more puppies!

Besides, whatís wrong with making money? It is a rather fundamental American value. Making money is something to be proud of, as long as itís done honestly.

Even animal rights bozos have to eat. Someone has to make money to stuff veggies down their gullets, and organic veggies are rather pricey. Most working folks canít afford them.

I also canít help but notice that most animal rights activists over the age of 30 drive pretty fancy cars (we are talking about the Beamer set, folks), live in rather fancy houses and dress very well indeed. I canít help but notice that many of the leaders of animal rights groups have pretty cushy gigs, with high-end six-digit salaries, fancy offices, and all the perks.

I guess they are saying that itís ok for them to make money by the truckload, even if making money turns dog breeders into immoral greed bags. There is no one in America who exploits dogs for as much money as the paid leaders of animal rights groups. Their fat salaries depend on having animal issues to exploit. If there were no animals for them to exploit, they would have to get a real job.

Itís a rather perplexing dual standard, donít you think?

Well, maybe itís not perplexing after all. The only thing perplexing about hypocrisy is that so many people canít see through it.

My next sin is making my dogs work for a living. The animal rights people try to paint a picture of whipping dogs beyond endurance, exploiting them, creating misery and causing unhappiness. The poor, downtrodden, huddled masses. You know the tune.

Only problem is, my dogs donít agree. They love to work. They love their jobs. The only time they are sad is when it is not their turn to work. For my dogs, working is sheer joy and passion! They love every second of it.

What animal rights groups live for is creating imaginary victims. Helping victims makes some people feel better about themselves and, of course, it helps them to part with their money so that animal rights leaders can live high on the hog. Oops. I mean high on the carrot. How callous of me. I guess Iím just not a sensitive kind of guy.

Back to the exploited masses of bird dogs. Try an experiment sometime. Read an animal rights essay, and substitute the word ďproletariatĒ for the word ďanimal.Ē You will find that animal rights philosophy actually is pure and straightforward Marxian doctrine.

I guess my dogs are not natural Marxists. They love their jobs. They are excited about their jobs. Their jobs make them very happy.

Animal rights people canít seem to grasp that people can feel that way about their work, too. Itís how I feel about the very hard work of being a dog breeder. It makes me happy.


Another way of putting it is that both my dogs and my own example provide proof that life is not pointless drudgery and exploitation. We provide living proof that joy, beauty and personal fulfillment are possible in life.

I just donít think of those qualities when I think of the animal rights fanatics I have known. They seem a rather sad and sorry lot to me. Iíll take my dogsí company any day.

Oh, but the icing on the cake is that I use these poor exploited creatures to hunt innocent birds. How terrible!

Hunting, of course, is a subject of its own, and I wonít attempt to cover it here.

Suffice it to say that opposition to hunting flies in the face of a few million years of human evolution, the entire balance of nature everywhere on Earth, and common sense.

I know one thing for certain. The fact that we have healthy populations of most species of wild birds and animals today is only because hunters have cared enough to support strong conservation measures. We have preserved millions of acres of habitat that is vital to the survival of many species, saved more millions of acres of wilderness from development, supported the protection of endangered species everywhere, and put our money where are mouths are.

Animal rights groupies do nothing but blow hot air, when they arenít too busy destroying the land and the animals that live on it to create vast wastelands of industrialized monoculture.

I am proud to be a hunter, too.

Itís time for every dog owner and breeder to stand up proudly and be counted.

Each one of you has done far more to enhance the quality of life of both people and dogs than all of the animal rights activists put together.

So stand up and shout it to the rooftops!

Stop crawling around on your bellies and apologizing. Your dogs deserve better from you. You will just have to get a little tougher if you want to live up to your dogs.

What you are doing is right.

Itís just that simple.

The American Sporting Dog Alliance represents owners, breeders and professionals who work with breeds of dogs that are used for hunting. We are a grassroots movement working to protect the rights of dog owners, and to assure that the traditional relationships between dogs and humans maintains its rightful place in American society and life.

The American Sporting Dog Alliance also needs your help so that we can continue to work to protect the rights of dog owners. Your membership, participation and support are truly essential to the success of our mission. We are funded solely by the donations of our members, and maintain strict independence.