Animal Rights

Animal rights

What does that mean to you?  What do you think it means to most?  Just one more question for you to ponder before I actually get to the point.  Do you think those that are heavily involved in animals (dogs for example) such as rescues, shelters, reputable dog breeders, dog trainers, veterinarians, vet techs, members of dog sports teams (agility/fly ball etc) would think of Animal Rights the same as you?  Why or why not?

I know you can’t answer those questions for the sake of this article, but this is what I know of Animal Rights activists.

They aren’t what you think they are.

There.  I said it.  Animal Rights have nothing to do with saving any animals.  They’ve nothing to do to ensuring your pets will always be safe.  To give you a recent example, recently there was a “win” for animal rights groups as McDonald’s announces they are switching to cage free hens for their eggs. (

Yaaayyyy!!  Cage free!  Whoohooo!!  Sounds great doesn’t it?  Picturing all those lovely hens with lots of room outside, doing what chickens do every day.

Cage free.  What that means is no more room than if they lived in a cage.  What that means is they are crowded into warehouses.  What that means is if one of them should be sick, it could be pecked to death by the other hens (normal chicken behaviour by the way) and left to die a slow, painful death.  Due to sheer numbers, that dying (or dead) chicken could easily be missed for some time before the farmer notices.  That now means that those chickens are walking around and living near a dead carcass.  They means more chances for disease.  This is not something that happens rarely, but something that happens often.  You cannot have thousands of fowl living together without the occasional fight breaking out.  You know the term “pecking order”?  Where do you think it came from?  That’s right, the world of chickens.

So now what?  Now we’ve got an animal rights group that has fought to have McDonald’s use cage free hens as they are the more humane choice, but clearly that’s not true.  So why did they fight for this when it really wasn’t a win?  Did they not know the difference between cage free and caged?  If not, why not?  Why would they fight for a change that wasn’t really a change?  Because, like BSL, it sounds good and it sounds like they are making real change.

Why take this link for example:

It is right from the Humane Society of the United States own webpage.  Their definition sounds wonderful doesn’t it?  Sounds like a great stride towards showing some humanity to these agricultural animals.

This picture shows what cage free means.  It doesn’t mean they are guaranteed access to outdoors.  It simply means they are not kept in battery cages.

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Do you find this a humane way to live?  For any animal to live?  I sure don’t.  And by HSUS’s own admission, these places are audited to ensure they are up to specifications.  I don’t know about you, but the fact that something that looks like this is up to spec and is thought of as humane really scares the heck out of me.  Especially when HSUS is seen as the front runner for animal welfare.  Quite honestly, there is a clear and distinct difference between animal rights and animal welfare…as this picture shows.  This may be animal “rights” but it sure isn’t with their welfare in mind.

For a real glossary of terms regarding caged, free range and pasture raised, I’ve picked up another link that has nothing to do with animal rights or welfare.  She too was openly shocked as to the truth behind these terms.


With this in mind, maybe it’s time to rethink blindly supporting groups such as HSUS, as clearly either have something else in mind or they have no idea what animal welfare really is.  In either case, they are not someone I’d like to see dictate any sort of husbandry legislation regarding my pets, or anyone elses.





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Animal lovers vs HSUS

Humane Society of the United States, or better known as HSUS is not, nor has ever been what people think it is. It doesn’t govern over all other humane societies across the US. It does not harbor homeless animals. It does not nor will it ever have anything to do with all other humane societies. It has allowed the misconception to continue and grow simply because it pays to. All their ads show sad little puppies or kittens and everyone simply throws their money at them. If people knew the truth, would they feel so inclined? Some would simply because that’s what they’ve always done. I’m hoping that the rest will see them for what they are: lobbyists that only want your money and want to do away with any and all domestic animals. They are not there to save your pets, they want to make them disappear.

And I love, love, love the very last line.

Animal Rights vs Breeders
By Diana Culp
I was the director of education and training at HSUS headquarters from 2006-2009 which has caused some confusion for my colleagues. My law enforcement partners have questioned my affiliation with activists who disregard the law. My shelter co-workers wonder if I sold out for the big bucks. My rescue friends wonder how I could associate with dog trainers and handlers since everyone knows that 4 million pets are killed annually in shelters because there are breeders, a common misconception. And my wildlife friends don’t know how I can embrace the No Kill movement if that means animals will just be warehoused.

Let me first address the usual concerns: HSUS is a private company with well over 500 employees that despite its name is neither a membership of humane societies or a government entity. “Humane society” appears in the names of many groups.

Another common misconception is that HSUS shares it’s hundred million dollars annually with animal rescue groups across the country. While they have given grants to groups that have partnered with them on publicity projects, the total amount shared with shelters amounts to less than 1% of their annual haul.

And finally, another misconception is that HSUS provides services for shelters such as training or marketing. HSUS publishes a magazine for shelter employees, holds an annual convention for animal care takers and advises shelter boards on industry practices but they do each of these things for a fee. Many shelters cannot afford to purchase these items and unfortunately many donors believe their financial support means shelters won’t have to pay for them at all.

So if HSUS sells training and advice what do they do with their donations? HSUS is an “advocacy” or “awareness” company. It’s more than a PR firm because it has a team of animal rescuers that assist in big cases used for campaigns. They do actually help (for a fee) local governments house animals involved in high profile cases involving animals. That use their massive amounts of donated money to frame issues they way they need to be seen to ensure that most people vote for politicians or laws that will restrict property rights and oversee care of animals with an eventual goal of ending the use of non humans by humans. Animal Rights activists, like president of HSUS Wayne Pacelle, would like to see an end to pets, wool, police dogs and hunting, even for food. But there are almost 800 employees with differing views on how radical an agenda to take on and how to get there.

In general, lobbyists are well funded extremists who fight for one side of an issue. In an ideal system, the opposing views are heard and the will of the people prevails. Unfortunately, in the Animal Rights arena the “other side”, the animal WELFARists, are not as well funded. (PetPAC and NAIA are trying to change this). Pet keepers and small farmers or ranchers, courted by both sides, are victims of this financial imbalance.

Most people mistakenly believe that seeking “rights” for animals means defending animals from cruelty by punishing humans for the wrong they have done. All good people would defend the “right” of an animal to live a life as free from suffering as possible (which we cannot guarantee to humans) but this is NOT what Animal Rights is about. Most people have no idea that pet ownership and animal rights are diametrically opposed, often donating time and money to the very organization that is lobbying to end the practice of sharing space with animals, for any reason. Many supporters of animal rights do not even know that PETA director Ingrid Newkirk, freely admits she has never sought a “right” to life for any animal. Abolitionists believe animals are better off dead than living as domesticated pets. This is the real reason for mandatory neutering laws. Eventually, no more pets will have to endure the torture of living with humans because it will be illegal to allow puppies or kittens to be born.

I have shared my life with non humans acquired from shelters, breeders, homelessness. I train dogs and horses and sometimes cats to do things that they might not do of their own accord, like come when called. I even have a parrot who lives primarily inside a cage for her own safety. I have rehabilitated wildlife under a proper state permit. All of these activities are to be frowned upon in the land of animal rights. Laws to restrict these activities are passed through the misinformation of one sided, well funded lobbying. We pet “guardians” support these efforts because we never hear the other side of the argument. I have no idea how this field can ever be balanced.

To truly respect animals (human and non human) we must respect the choice over generations to join forces as companions and work mates. Believing that humans engineered the dog is the epitome of arrogance. The animal rights argument that follows, to end their existence, is complete disregard for what nature has taken eons to perfect. Defending non human animals from human error has been my life’s work. Labeling the destruction of companion animals as “animal rights” is something I fight against. Get informed.






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Welcome to K9HotSpot!!

A little about me, this page and why it even exists.

My name is Sandy and I’ve basically been obsessed, passionately, about all animals in general, but especially dogs since I can remember.  Our first family dog was a well trained yellow lab named Laddie.  He was a great dog and only had one little issue.  He LOVED the ladies.  I can remember Laddie’s nose hitting the air one summer day.  He looked at my dad, my dad looked at him and they both took off for the back fence.  Laddie made it there just moments before my father.  The look on his face was pure glee as he soared over that 6′ fence with ease.  The scent of a bitch in heat was the only time he ever tried (and succeeded) at leaving the yard.

From that pooch on, I was hooked.  I read everything I could, from breed standards, to conformation, training methods to husbandry.  You name it, I read it.  With that passion also came the realization that regardless of new grammar, it is not a dog’s world out there.  Every little thing can be used against all dogs and their owners.  Despite how many dogs and owners there are, we, for some reason seem to be in the minority when it comes to decisions surrounding them and us.  It seems non-dog owners are getting a much bigger say, yet they are a much smaller population…..grrr…..don’t get me started.  See, I’m digressing already.

To make a long story short, our dogs need advocates.  Folks who not only love dogs, but are passionate and knowledgeable.  We are out there, but it seems our voices are not yet heard as one collective bellow.  I’d like to see about changing that.


Some of the topics that will be covered regularly is obviously BSL, but we’ll also be touching upon some of the animal rights extremists and hoax companies such as PeTA and HSUS.  We really cannot speak loud enough about the harm and lies those two groups alone spread, but that’s for future posts.

One of the other things that will be discussed, and quite heavily, will be on demand rescues, importation of rescues from overseas and across the border.  We will also be discussing this trend of a change in terminology to make buying and selling an animal, less like buying and selling an animal, and the pitfalls of that thinking.

Hopefully, we will shed some light on the fallacies the media has spread, along with the propaganda of PeTA and HSUS.  Open some eyes on the issue of importing other countries problems when we are getting crushed by the demand of the homeless pets we already have.

We look forward to burning up the place with information and I’m sure some heated discussion along the way.


Welcome!!  🙂





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