The dogs are raised in an atmosphere of love and affection, fed a scientifically balanced diet, exercised and groomed regularly, and, of course, they have 24/7 veterinary care--everything dogs need to keep them in top form, physically and mentally.
Then from time to time blood is drawn, which is sold to veterinarian hospitals to be used for dogs (such as yours and mine) that may need a life-saving transfusion following an accident or operation.
We thought this would make a great human interest story for our local magazine, but the veterinarian was quite adamant about not letting us do a story about his business. If animal rights groups heard what he was doing there, they would do everything they could to shut him down.
This sweet, gentle man has spent a lifetime caring for animals. Now he provides a lifesaving service and they want to get rid of it.
What many people do not realize is that the extreme animal rights group would like to eliminate dogs and cats from being kept as pets at all. They feel that keeping a pet is demeaning to animals. This includes guide dogs and service dogs.
They downplay this aspect of their beliefs because they get large donations from people who love their pets, money that might go to organizations such as local animal shelters that are truly committed to animal welfare.
Hollywood types who fawn over their furry companions donate generously and publicize the organization. The celebrities who carry their Chihuahuas and Yorkies around in their purses and pose for photo ops don't seem to understand that this is an organization that wants to liberate their dogs.
This group can raise more money by showing pictures of outlawed slaughterhouse practices or long banned cosmetics testing than they can if they tell the truth about their organization, that they are against pet ownership.
Much of their marketing is geared toward children who lack the experience to make reasoned judgments from emotional appeals.
Their extremist demands and use of terrorist tactics do nothing to win public support for the plight of neglected and abused pets. With a budget estimated over $20 million a year (tax exempt for the time being), they are more concerned with the covers of NBA basketballs than caring for live animals.
Please check out this story on PETA from the SF Chronicle.
PETA kills animals website