In a prior post, I provided a bit of insight into the “fine people” who run the Kennel Spotlight website. A look through its archives unearthed some more instances of good logic and out there thought processes. The article I’m referencing below was written fairly recently.
I’m not quite sure where or which the part of the article to start with, so I’ll take the most pressing issue. Is it with the author’s decision to classify animals as “property?” Or perhaps it’s with the concept that the Humane Society, PETA and Senator Boxer want to make school menus vegan only over the long term, and not as a response to a discrete issue (and really, what parent would want to put their child at risk of eating meat from downed cows)? No, maybe it’s the author’s outrage over Pasco County’s legislation banning breeders from having more than 9 dogs on their property at any one time vs. the previous limit of 49. After all, what responsible breeder wouldn’t want to bring as many puppies into this world as possible?
No, the author’s absolute low is her attempt to draw some correlation between the effort to stop puppy mills and the HOLOCAUST. I know quite a bit about the World War II era, starting with the Nazis push to gain power in the 1920s and 1930s and can honestly say that any linkage of those years and the anti-puppy mill movement is specious, wrong, and offensive. Save for some of the crazies on the lunatic fringe, pro-pet organizations are not singling out kennels and mills because of who they are; they’re not interested in forcibly converting them to their train of thought; they do not advocate mass murder; they don’t subscribe to a twisted ideology that believes in one race’s superiority; and they do not advocate violence to achieve their aims as a first and last resort.
There is right and there is wrong. On some issues, there are shades of gray. Divining the difference between responsible breeders and puppy mills might fall into the latter area, depending on one’s perspective. But to conflate the confluence of factors that conspired to bring the Nazis to power (of which the actions of the SA were merely one component; and by the way, Hitler moved against them very soon after gaining full power, in July 1934) and the desire of pet organizations to at a minimum diminish breeders’ ability to birth dozens/hundreds of puppies at a spell (remember that Zoey was the 62nd of 80 Cotons born into her mill in just the first three months of this year) is virtually impossible to believe.
How are Jews and pets the same? Organizations are NOT asking breeders to register themselves; they just want to take some steps to begin to limit pet overpopulation. What is wrong with registering animals born into puppy mills? Or with taking steps to prevent dames and sires from becoming used solely for breeding?
None of this is the same as mandating Jews wear yellow stars to identify themselves as such. Or confiscating their property outright. Or by forcing them to sell their businesses for pennies on the dollar. Or by eventually devising a system by which the entirety of European Jewry was exterminated.
The author diminishes herself and her own arguments by engaging in hysteria. She also loses the potential for many moderately minded people to at least listen to what she has to say. Instead, she is simply interested in speaking to the small, narrow-minded group that subscribes to a publication like Kennel Spotlight.
This country could and possibly should have a good debate on issues of pet over-population, puppy mills, and responsible breeding. I know that feelings on both sides are hard and entrenched. But it is impossible to have a decent discussion when one of the parties truly believes that the anti-puppy mill movement is akin to a new-age version of the Nazi party. You can’t argue with extremists. You just have to tune them out.