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The Silent War Against Animal Welfare

If you don’t think there’s big money to be made in the “pet industry,” you are clearly not paying attention. They’re forking out big bucks to change the playing field for breeders, while you are zoned out in front of a drug industry commercial, looking for the strategically placed pure-breed dog.

Here are a few tidbits to wake you up and get you thinking.

Ed Sayres, who resigned this year as president and CEO of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), was recently hired as President and CEO of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council. PIJAC is one of the largest pro-puppy mill lobbying groups in the nation.

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Here’s a photo of Sayres during his tenure at ASPCA

PIJAC, along with the American Pet Products Association (APPA), are supporting the pet store chain Puppies ‘N Love as they file a lawsuit challenging a Phoenix law banning the sale of puppies obtained from puppy mills. The judge hearing the case is allowing puppies to be sold pending the court hearing.

Blood not boiling hot enough yet? Read on.

Last week the USDA appointed Julian Prager to serve as the Canine Program Advisor to Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. In other words, he’ll be overseeing those who oversee puppy mill breeders. Prager is an outspoken critic of animal welfare. He’s served as an official with both the National Animal Interest Alliance and the American Kennel Club, both of which fight against laws curbing puppy mills. Yes, the fox IS guarding the hen house.

And here's Sayres after his make-over, courtesy of the big bucks at PIJAC

And here’s Sayres after his make-over, courtesy of the big bucks at PIJAC

And just this morning I read Dr. Nancy Kay’s latest Speaking for Spot blog post, where I learned that Time magazine recently published a piece promoting the purchase of “designer dogs,” which are dogs that are the result of lots of breeding of two different breeds of dogs.

And folks, this has all happened this year. Heck, it’s all happened within the last few months!

So the next time somebody tells you that it’s all about rescue, and the rules will sort themselves out, kindly tell them to pull their head out of their ass and read this. 

It’s a war, people. And we’re losing.

About Jen and the Furries

Hello and welcome. I’m a 50 something woman who’s probably awake when she should be sleeping. Oh, and there are animals, because who doesn’t have pets?


36 thoughts on “The Silent War Against Animal Welfare

  1. Thank you for leading us into the Battle. You keep your community informed. Your leadership as regards to my allegiance, education & admiration comes from your sincere dedication, humility, consistent personal values and sense of humor. Your moral indignation and passion to protect the innocent forces me to confront the sort of unpleasant realities I have developed skills to avoid. Tell Rumby I am just a wuss, not living to potential as you, his hero & his rescuer are doing. The cats can hiss at me next time they take a notion to so for no reason. Happy Monday, we might as well embrace it with joy.

    Posted by seattlegirlsk | September 29, 2014, 6:23 AM
  2. Yes we are and there is more. Hoping to write about it soon.

    Posted by Mel | September 29, 2014, 6:34 AM
  3. Amen! “So the next time somebody tells you that it’s all about rescue, and the rules will sort themselves out, kindly tell them to pull their head out of their ass and read this.”


    Posted by Roy Sexton (Reel Roy Reviews) | September 29, 2014, 7:18 AM
  4. this guy has the coldest eyes I ever saw. like a shark. “designer breeds have made a mark on the $60 billion pet market by commanding …” beam me up Scottie….

    Posted by easyweimaraner | September 29, 2014, 7:40 AM
  5. 😦 speechless
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

    Posted by Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady | September 29, 2014, 9:32 AM
  6. Hmm…..what Sayres doing is paradoxical…..isn’t it?

    Posted by eripanwkevin | September 29, 2014, 9:55 AM
  7. It’s always about the money. The only way to fight it is to do exactly what you are doing and convince people not to open their wallets for these people. I think many people don’t realize that it is often the “mutts” that are the healthiest pets with the fewest problems.

    Posted by Charles Huss | September 29, 2014, 12:28 PM
  8. Now, this really does make my blood boil! How could ASPCA have someone as president who would go right over to the puppy mills? I don’t know if there is a way to prevent it, but they certainly made a bad choice with him. Very upsetting. I guess I am better off giving my money to the local shelter where I know it’s directly helping animals.

    Posted by linnetmoss | September 29, 2014, 12:41 PM
    • And by doing so you ensure there will be no money available to fight these shenanigans. Supporting local shelters won’t stop this.

      Posted by rumpydog | September 29, 2014, 12:59 PM
      • It’s not like it’s a zero sum game where I only give to one thing. My point is that what you wrote makes me less likely to direct my money toward the national ASPCA and more likely to put it where I know exactly how it will be used. Puppy mills are a big problem in my state, so I am not averse to supporting efforts at new legislation, but it seems like ASPCA is not part of the solution.

        Posted by linnetmoss | September 29, 2014, 2:38 PM
  9. Oh S–T! When does this damn insanity stop?!!

    Posted by The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap | September 29, 2014, 7:43 PM
  10. Ugh. It always seems to come down to $$$, doesn’t it. ::shakes head sadly::

    Posted by meowmeowmans | September 29, 2014, 9:01 PM
  11. I’ve known about this for a while. i think maybe it was your that initially told me about it, maybe a year ago. I am very very wary of all of these organization every since, when I was a kids, I learned they were using decompression chambers to kill dogs because it was cheaper than gas. Makes me ill thinking about it.

    Posted by Marilyn Armstrong | September 29, 2014, 9:12 PM
  12. Great article, I had never considered this before!

    P.S. I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award on my blog, come check it out!


    Posted by mene00712 | September 30, 2014, 8:53 AM
  13. Reblogged this on Everything Worth Knowing… and commented:
    A must read…

    Posted by Janette Hamilton | September 30, 2014, 9:40 AM
  14. It’s sickening. The people against animal welfare have done such a job of spreading disinformation.

    Posted by Clowie | October 1, 2014, 12:52 AM
  15. Well…has anyone gotten wind of Michael Vicks association with Wayne Pascelle?

    Apparently…Vick us a “changed man” and is being touted as the new poster boy for animal welfare.

    How to we calk out this crock of shit?

    Posted by Diana | October 1, 2014, 11:14 AM
    • Unlike you, I do believe people can change, and I believe that Michael Vick has changed far more than many of the holier-than-thous that continue to regale him.

      Make no mistake, his crimes were grievous. But continuing to kick the man, when he’s paid what society has decided must be his debt, only makes those fighting for our cause look petty and small.

      Posted by rumpydog | October 1, 2014, 11:19 AM
  16. Holy heck! People suck. Ok not all, but how can this ass change sides like that? Ack! That kills me.

    Posted by Midwestern Plant Girl | October 2, 2014, 7:46 AM
  17. You mute your important voice when you twist facts. It is not true that the Time magazine article promoted the purchasing of designer dogs. http://time.com/designer-dogs/

    Posted by Elizabeth | October 7, 2014, 7:03 AM
    • It looks to me like promotion. While Time does mention that some hybrid breeds are not desirable, it also talks about what they’re worth, which IS seen as desirable. If you want to keep up with the Jones’, you have to have the right dog is the message I got from there. If you got a different one, bully for you.

      Posted by rumpydog | October 7, 2014, 7:58 AM

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