The Truth about PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment
Here are direct quotes on the subject of breeding and
owning pets from Ingrid Newkirk, head of PETA, and some other of her ilk:
"In a perfect world, animals would be free to live their lives to the
fullest: raising their young, enjoying their native environments, and
following their natural instincts. However, domesticated dogs and cats
cannot survive "free" in our concrete jungles, so we must take as good care
of them as possible. People with the time, money, love, and patience to make
a lifetime commitment to an animal can make an enormous difference by
adopting from shelters or rescuing animals from a perilous life on the
street. But it is also important to stop manufacturing "pets," thereby
perpetuating a class of animals forced to rely on humans
to survive."--PETA pamphlet, Companion Animals: Pets or Prisoners?
"I don't use the word "pet". I think it's speciesist language. I prefer
"companion animal." For one thing, we would no longer allow breeding. People
could not create different breeds. There would be no pet
shops. If people had companion animals in their homes, those animals would
have to be refugees from the animal shelters and the streets. You
would have a protective relationship with them just as you would with
an orphaned child. But as the surplus of cats and dogs (artificially
engineered by centuries of forced breeding) declined, eventually companion animals
would be phased out, and we would return to a more symbiotic relationship -
enjoyment at a distance." --Ingrid Newkirk, PETA vice-president, quoted in The
Harper's Forum Book, Jack Hitt, ed., 1989, p.223.
"It is time we demand an end to the misguided and
abusive concept of animal ownership. The first step on this long, but just, road
would be ending the concept of pet ownership." --Elliot Katz, President, In Defense of Animals, "In
Defense of Animals," Spring 1997
"Liberating our language by eliminating the word
'pet' is the first step ... In an ideal society where all exploitation and oppression
has been eliminated, it will be NJARA's policy to oppose the
keeping of animals as'pets.'" --New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance, "Should Dogs Be
Kept As Pets? NO!" Good Dog! February 1991, p.20
"Let us allow the dog to disappear from our brick and
concrete jungles --from our firesides, from the leather nooses and chains by
which we enslave it." --John Bryant, Fettered Kingdoms: An Examination of A
Changing Ethic, PETA, 1982, p.15.
"The cat, like the dog, must disappear..... We should
cut the domestic cat free from our dominance by neutering, neutering, and more
neutering, until our pathetic version of the cat ceases to exist." --John Bryant, Fettered Kingdoms:
An Examination of a Changing Ethic, PETA 1982, p.15.
"As John Bryant has written in his book Fettered
Kingdoms, they [pets] are like slaves, even if well-kept slaves."
--PETA's Statement on Companion Animals
"The bottom line is that people don't have the right
to manipulate or to breed dogs and cats ... If people want toys they should
buy inanimate objects. If they want companionship they should seek it
with their own kind." --Ingrid Newkirk, President, PETA, "Animals,"
"You don't have to own squirrels and starlings to get
enjoyment from them...
One day, we would like an end to pet shops and the breeding of animals. [Dogs] would pursue their natural lives in the wild ...
they would have full lives, not wasting at home for someone to come home in the
evening and pet them and then sit there and watch TV." --Ingrid Newkirk, President, PETA, Chicago Daily Herald,
March 1, 1990.
"Pet ownership is an abysmal situation brought about
by human manipulation." --Ingrid Newkirk, President, PETA, Washingtonian, August 1986
"One day we would like an end to pet shops and
breeding animals [Dogs] would pursue their natural lives in the wild."
--Ingrid Newkirk, Chicago Daily Herald, March 1, 1990
These people are the enemy--they are relentless in the
pursuit of their goals. If we don't wake up and smell the coffee, we'll be
legislated out of existence!
New Breeds & Standards
United Kennel Club
I was asked my thoughts on dog people being PETA
members & I begged to have my thoughts sent to those of you who are
involved in this discussion, as I am there in the trenches daily. So
you understand that I have a deep love of the Elkhound, of breeding &
showing , I tell you what I do now & what I have done in the past.
I have been involved with Elkhounds since 1974, have
served in most offices in the NEAA (11years) have acted as Show
Chair & just about every office in a local kennel club & I am currently
the registered lobbyist for the GA. Coalition of Dog Clubs with members
throughout the state. I spend almost every day from January through March at
our state capitol working to see that laws unfavorable to the dog
community, do not get passed. I also spend hundreds of my own dollars in
travel, printing etc to get the message out to our community yearly. We
do everything but get down on our knees to get the dog people to take
their head out of the sand & to become aware-if not involved & to
support us financially & emotionally. We do manage some money, but never
enough & when someone told me thank you last week for the wonderful job I
do, I almost burst into tears. When we get a little emotional support
we don't know what to do!! There is an ever present danger to all of us
who want to own, breed & show dogs from the animal rights movement. A
wave of anti ownership & anti breeder is sweeping the world, not just this
country. While the dog community has done much better in acting
responsibly, we are still constantly under attack from rightists who would see
that all animals roam free, that no testing be done on animals &
that nobody wear fur or leather or that we all eat nothing but roots &
Ingrid Newkirk, the founder of PETA espouses the
theory that animals are equal to people. Her most famous saying goes
something like - a dog is a frog is a rat is a boy. In other words they are all
the same. Recently here in Atlanta, the poultry growers had a
convention downtown. Poultry is the number one cash crop in the state-probably
most of the chicken most of you around the country eat came from
Georgia. PETA hired a man to dump an entire dump truck load (4 tons) of manure in
front of the GA World Congress Center which blocked traffic for
miles & cost the taxpayers many thousands of dollars to clean the up
mess . I have attended their rallies where they fire up the
youthful members looking for a cause to wreak havoc on such places as Yerkes
Primate Center & Emory U. Is this the kind of behavior you condone?
If you are a member, you may as well have participated. These two
institutions have done much to further health care in this country. There is not
one gay person who has not benefited directly or indirectly from
research done on animals. It is only because of this research that these folks
are leading longer & less fearful lives. Anyone who takes an aspirin or
is insulin dependent is a hypocrite if they support PETA. Does anyone own
a leather belt or shoes---you have violated one of PETA's main tenets.
It is each individual's duty to check out an organization before joining,
failure to do so is irresponsible. By becoming a member of any group &
giving them your hard-earned money you are saying, these are the values &
ideals I live by & hold others to. Perhaps it is my years of working so
hard to protect dog breeders rights that makes me so vehement but I find
it reprehensible that anyone would feel that the life of an animal is
equal to or as important as the life of a person.
Remember the next time you sign a check to these animal rights groups
what their basic agenda is:
The AR's use sensationalism to get their message out & it is
working-look at all the celebrities who provide PETA with their mega-
million dollar budget; while the breeder/exhibitors of the world's animals
just try to hide & hope it will all go away. Perhaps the first step
would be to identify who our enemy is. One of my jobs on the Coalition speech
trail is get everyone to play a game by checking boxes on a form
called Good Guy/Bad Guy. It is fun to see how many each person is aware
of & whether they mean us harm or not. Have any of you sent money to ALDF,
ASPCA, DDAL, HSUS? Did you know that if you have you have contributed
to your own demise as a breeder? Perhaps the best educational tool for us
at this year's National is for all of us to play Good Guy/ Bad Guy
at our annual meeting.
- that no one own animals-they are our equals & therefore should roam free (look what
is happening in Berkley,CA.
- no one should eat meat or wear animal in any
- no hunting/fishing medical research, no zoos or
As dog owners we should support ADOA,The Animal
Council, NAIA (National Animal Interest Alliance) & National Wildlife
Legislative Fund of America. Now that you are aware of the players &
are aware of the situation, get out there & fight for your rights
to breed & own dogs-- before they are gone forever.
VP & Lobbyist, GCDC