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Animal Welfare vs. Animal Rights
At Niagara Wildlife Haven, the focus is and always has been on the welfare of wild animals. We care for them in the here and now, and until there is no need to care for them, until humans stop doing harmful things to the environment and to the animals in it, that will always be our priority. If society ever achieves that in our lifetime, perhaps then we can all move to animal 'rights'. It is pointless to fight for 'rights' when there is an acute shortage of places that provide humane and proper care for the animals currently.
We'll discuss the difference between the two and give you some good links to look at. If you're thinking of making donations to various organizations, you owe it to yourself to check them out first. We'll give you some helpful links to help you make enlightened and educated choices.
PETA KILLS ANIMALS!
Did you know that from July 1998 through December 2007, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) killed over 19,200 dogs, cats, and other "companion animals." That's more than five defenseless creatures every day. PETA has a walk-in freezer to store the dead bodies, and contracts with a Virginia Beach company to cremate them. PETA Killed More than 90% of the Animals in its Care in 2007. Not counting the pets PETA spayed and neutered, the group put to death over 90 percent of the animals it took in during the last five years. And its angel-of-death pattern shows no sign of changing.
Before you write that donation cheque to organizations like PETA, you owe it to yourself to read this information about them. You will find the actual forms as required by law and filed by the organization on the so called 'help' they provide to animals. You can also read about their employees charged with killing defenceless animals in the back of the PETA van and dumping those bodies in a dumpster behind a mall. Horrifying? You bet it is.
Where does your money really go? Enables you to look up and find information on the animal rights groups that send you letters for support and donations. Many of them originate from the US but have arms that reach into Canada. See what portion of your dollars are actually spent on the 'cause'.
And remember, the groups that need your support are right here in your own backyard. Regardless of where you live, there are local groups that go to battle every day in the trenches and toil selflessly by providing care and looking after the welfare of animals in your backyard! Humane societies, wildlife rehabilitation centres - these all exist where you live and work. Humane societies don't get 'paid' for providing care for unwanted, abandoned or injured domestic pets. (They only get paid if they have an animal control contract, which is separate from their humane work.) Wildlife rehabilitators don't get paid at all. Not by anyone. They donate their time and their own money to look after sick, injured or orphaned wildlife. Both groups take care of the animals in our neighbourhoods, be they domestic or wild. If you can give, please, give to them. They need it more than you will ever know. And when they spend your donation, it is spent on the animals care.
The modern animal
rights movement is not what it seems. Today's activists have perverted
once-sensible animal welfare goals by putting animals ahead of human beings and
employing a "by any means necessary" philosophy to achieve their goals of "total
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL WILDLIFE REHABILITATION FACILITY!
Support those in your immediate area rather than sending your cash donations out of the area. They are the ones who need it the most. If your passion is for domestic animals, don't be duped by fundraising appeals and names of organizations that lead you to believe your money is helping local native wildlife. It is not. Do your homework and put your support behind those individuals and agencies that provide these services in your area. It's the right thing to do.
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Updated: 21 Mar 2013 05:25 PM