This is in response to a letter titled “Shameful outcome on dog fighting bill”, written by Kathleen Stachowski. Ms. Stachowski is the founder of an animal rights organization called Other Nations, located in Lolo.
Although I had no direct involvement with HB279, I would like to offer an explanation to the Lone Rock Girl Scout Troop as to why our Ag Committee might vote down HB279, which was focused on making spectators at a dog fighting event a misdemeanor. I would explain that the proposed law was unnecessary and redundant as dog fighting is illegal in Montana. Our legislators have the very serious job of preventing unnecessary laws and protecting us and our property rights from special interest, extremist groups, such as the Animal Rights Movement.
As someone who has been on the receiving end of continuous slander and defamation of character from Ms. Stachowski and the local and national Animal Rights Movement, I would take great pleasure in sharing all that I’ve learned over the last four years about the ARM since starting Willing Servants, Inc., which is an organization focused on preserving horse welfare while at the same time preserving owners’ rights. I would explain that the focus of animal welfare, where I and anyone in agriculture or professional animal-related businesses align, and that of the animal rights movement are two completely different ideologies, with two completely different agendas. It’s extremely important that Americans recognize the differences, as animal welfare is about appropriately caring for animals, and animal rights is about eliminating animal ownership altogether.
I would gently enlighten the impressionable young ladies that they, like so many others, are being used as pawns in a game of high stakes politics and being duped by the ARM. They would like the world to think that they are all about protecting the voiceless animals, when in reality the ARM is about creating a meatless, petless society. The ARM has been very successful in manipulating our emotions and evoking our protective instincts to advance their agenda over the last 40 years. They have added over 1000 laws to their win column, going as far as to eliminate fox hunting in England and earning pigs Constitutional rights in Florida. Yes, that’s correct, CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS FOR PIGS. The horse industry is currently under attack, from rodeo, to the carriage industry, to private property rights which includes humane harvesting. And then I would use quotes from the leaders of the ARM to prove it to them:
“There are fundamental and profound differences between the philosophy between animal welfare and animal rights… Thus welfare reforms, by their very nature, can only serve to retard the pace at which animal rights goals are achieved.” Gary Francione and Tom Regan
“My goal is the abolition of all animal agriculture.” Quote by JP Goodwin, employed at the Humane Society of the US. Quoted on AR-views in 1996
“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 (Washington, DC: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA), 1982, p. 15.
“In a perfect world, we would not keep animals for our benefit, including pets.” Tom Regan, emeritus professor of philosophy at North Carolina State University and author of “Empty Cages”, speaking at University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, March 3, 2004
“We should take good care of the domestic animals we have brought into existence until they die. We should stop bringing more domestic animals into existence.” Gary Francione, Interview on Columbia University Press blog, June 18, 2008.
“Everything depends on whether and to what extent the animal in question is capable of suffering. If rats are able to suffer, then their interests are relevant to the question of how, and perhaps even whether, they can be expelled from houses.” Cass Sunstein (President Obama’s former Regulations Czar), Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions (Oxford University Press, USA, 2004), p. 12
If you love animals and believe strongly in the human/animal bond and the roles that animals have traditionally played in our lives and founding of our great country; if you eat meat, eggs, cheese, drink milk; if you pray for a cure for cancer in our lifetime; if you use or wear leather goods; if you are a hunter or a sportsman; if you are concerned about the wolf issue we now face; if you have an appreciation for selective breeding in animals, service dogs or working dogs, then I strongly encourage you to learn what the ARM is really about. You can start by google-ing and reading “The Secret World Inside the Animal Rights Agenda.” I suspect you’ll be shocked at what you learn.
And remember, if you eat, you’re involved with agriculture. From those of us who “get it,” thank you, Ag Committee.
Theresa Manzella, Willing Servants, Inc.