My article on the Obama family dog brought a lot of very interesting comments that inspired this post. From people who supported responsible breeders, to those who feel breeding should be banned as long as there are homeless pets in the world, to those who fall in between, there is a wide range of animal welfare supporters.
What caught my eye in particular were the comments that contained assertions about certain animal welfare and animal rights groups were taking things to the very extreme; envisioning a world without pets (rescue or otherwise). These kinds of extremes worry me, not only as a pet lover and owner, but in general as a threat to personal freedoms.
It got me thinking about a major buzzword in the Obama campaign, one that I have yet to see completely realized, that of transparency. When I was looking into the groups mentioned in the comments of the prior post, I couldn’t find anything on their actual websites that would indicate that said groups were out to rid the world of pets. However, searching just the internet, and not the actual source, pulled up many accusations and in the case of one group, a lot of actions that support such a view.
So, as animal lovers and pet owners, how do we make sure that our dollars and efforts are being donated to causes that actually help promote animal welfare in the same view that we have?
My opinion is that we need to have a law for all organizations, animal rights or otherwise, that requires them to state honestly and plainly their true mission. I have no idea how that law would be enforced, but transparency in all organizations seems like a great place to start.
What do you feel are other ways of making sure we support animal welfare groups that truly hold our same values: especially if the groups themselves are not admitting to their agenda fully?
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