Friday, April 10, 2009

Ya gotta dance with the nutjobs that brung ya

Much as I dislike Joe Biden, I dislike animal rights kooks even more. The VP recently bought a very cute German Shepherd from a breeder and it made for a great photo op.

Unfortunately for Joe and this breeder, PETA caught wind of it. Hysteria followed.

Fifteen minutes of fame turned into four months of bitter remorse for the Chester County woman who sold the Bidens their adorable little German shepherd puppy.

Linda Brown's been investigated, scorned and had her life threatened.

"I thought when Joe Biden bought a puppy from me, what an honor," Brown told the Daily Local News. "Out of millions of breeders in the country, in the world, he picked me."

That was December.

When the story got out, Brown faced backlash from pet lovers who thought the Bidens should have opted for a shelter over a breeder to find their new puppy.

PETA seized the moment as an opportunity to blame the killing of shelter animals on people who buy from breeders. The organization's TV commercial, "Buy One, Get One Killed" ran in Delaware after the Biden puppy story made headlines.

Dog wardens from the state showed up at Brown's Wolf Den kennel, repeatedly, for inspections.

"I was cited for a piece of kibble on the floor and five strands of dog hair. They took a picture of that, they walked around, snapped pictures and don't tell you why," Brown told the newspaper.

She was found "not guilty" for each citation, but hiring a lawyer for the court hearings has cost her $4,000 so far in legal fees.

Brown says she and Biden both received death threats from animal activists.

When you align yourself with the fringe and with radicals, you can bet that they will expect you to hold to whatever extremist views they do. These are the sort of people who can rationalize making death threats to a human and harassing a person because they don't like dog breeders.

In the spirit of disclosure. We worked for some time volunteering with a rescue group, rescuing purebred and mixed breed dogs from shelters. We fostered dozens of dogs in our home and saw them placed in good permanent homes. We drove them all over Creation, on our dime, to facilitate transports of our fosters and dogs we had never seen before. We even arranged our vacation trips to coincide with transports. I think it is a great idea to adopt dogs from shelters. I think there are a lot of puppy mills that churn out low quality dogs for profit and people shouldn't patronize them. But death threats? Legal harassment?

Seriously people, get a clue. They are dogs. DOGS. In honor of PETA and animal rights nuts everywhere, I am grilling up some burgers as I type. Moo!
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