When there is a story about dogs, the media always flock to the same organizations, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Humane Society of the United States, to get opinions and quotations.
PETA and HSUS are animal rights organizations with operating budgets of hundreds of millions of dollars. They are definitely not a dog’s best friend. In fact their stated purposes are most often at odds with the best interests of dogs and the people who love them.
The HSUS is not affiliated with local Humane Societies, which operate shelters to care for homeless animals, usually with limited budgets. Local Humane Societies rarely if ever get any support from the millions contributed to HSUS.
Although HSUS solicited funds from the public to ”help” the 53 dogs seized from Michael Vick’s dog fighting ring, the way they want to help them is spelled e-u-t-h-a-n-a-s-i-a. Even though the dogs have exhibited no hostility toward people, both PETA and HSUS want them dead.
Neither organization has any expertise in evaluating or rehabilitating dogs. Neither organization distinguishes itself for compassionate, ethical, or humane treatment of dogs.
Fortunately, PETA and HSUS will not be making the decisions.
A team of animal behavior experts from ASPCA (the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) working with BAD RAP (Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pit Bulls), a San Francisco-based non-profit organization, will make recommendations on each individual dog. Acting on those recommendations, a federal judge will make the final ruling.
As part of his legal agreement, Vick will pay restitution for the costs of treating the 53 dogs, whether it is long-term care or euthanasia.