Friday, January 30, 2009

Cat and Animal Rights

I am continually surprised at the strong and contrasting views of people on the matter of cat and animal rights. I include cats separately in that phrase as they are my particular area of concern. The astonishing thing is that these diverging views often come from people who love animals equally.

Take, for example, cat breeders. They are all (perhaps not all) up in arms about HSUS's 100 point agenda that has been submitted to the new US administration. HSUS see a chance for real change. They supported Obama in his campaign and want pay back. They probably know that Obama is animal friendly expressed in an almost opposite way to former president Bush whose policy seemed to go against animals and animal rights despite proclaiming his fondness for dogs. Breeders are forming up for a fight to the bitter end to prevent any change in legislation that takes away their inalienable property rights. That is their rights over their cats (and dogs). It is surprising the number of cat breeders who see an increase in animal rights as a decrease in their rights.

Why should an increase in the rights of a cat be against their rights? They should be in harmony. The false perception comes from human kinds arrogance in his/her belief that he/she is superior to other animals and can ultimately do as they please with other animals no matter how much they proclaim that they love them and would do anything for them.

I'll be discussing the HSUS 100 point plan later.

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RW, SGC Magnacats Jack Black

RW, SGC Magnacats Jack Black

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RW, SGC Magnacats Jack Black (Regional Winner and Supreme Grand Champion). He is 1.2 year old black/white Maine Coon male (at Nov.2008) Breeder and Owner: Carol Campbell, Magnacats Maine Coons, Austin, Texas Photograph ©copyright Helmi Flick Click
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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Funding To Assist Low-Income Cat Owners

Two Senators in Washington have introduced Bills that provide for funding to assist low-income cat owners. The Senators are Craig Pridemore and State Rep. Brendan Williams. The Bill also provides for dog owners. I prefer cat keepers as I don't believe that we own animals. The assistance would be for funding to pay for spaying and neutering. The funding as I understand it would come from the consumer of pet food who would pay a fraction more. The extra cost would be passed on by the distributor to fund the scheme.

It has been predicted that the homeless cat problem will rise due to financial hardship due to the current "credit crunch". The Senators require support to push the legislation through. Please contact your senator and representative in the Washington State Legislature. Funding to assist low-income cat owners is a good cause.

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