Which Animal Rights Orgs are actually good things to hold close to heart?
I despise PETA in every way shape and form. I hear bad things about verious orgs, wanting to kill certain breeds, killing dogs, supporting certain things, yadda yadda. So where CAN one find comfort and have people to help them help the animals with a vast amount? Where are these organizations? :(
There is the problem, that second words, animal RIGHTS.
I am a STRONG animal welfare person. I believe our critters should be treated with respect and well cared for.
Most animal RIGHTS activists believe we should not eat meat, wear animals, use animal products (animal products, however are found in almost EVERYTHING we use, including cosmetics, soap, deoderant, etc.), use animals in entertainment, own pets, etc. etc.
Animal Rights people believe that animals are equal to people. I love my animals VERY much, however if my house were burning I would rescue a child before I rescued the family hampster.
Some PETA nuts decided to come to Upper Michigan a few years back and set one ranchers mink free. What a shame, these mink were raised in captivity for years and didn't have a clue as to how to survive in the wild.
Dozens of people joined in to help round up as many of the mink as they could and bring them back to the rancher. He did lose many of them to the wilds, they were finding them dead alongside the highway for quite awhile after the PETA groups freed them.
Then, earlier this year, PETA came to my city to protest Kentucky Fried Chicken and how they obtain their poultry. The media got wind of it and more people showed up to protest PETA than the PETA supporters. They were outnumbered 10 to 1.
PETA seems to have a very bad name, at least in Upper Michigan.
I also would suggest the ASPCA. They are an animal welfare organization, and have the best interest of the animals in mind without going to extremes. PETA members are psycho. We have an Iams research lab and food production facility here in rural Ohio and the PETA members came a few years ago to protest how the animals were kept and whatnot. They demanded that the whole facility be shut down due to the abuse and cruelty and all kinds of outlandish remarks. Well, it doesn't take long for those weirdo "city" people to p*ss off farmers and people who work in the facility by threatening thier livelihood. The PETA group was gone in about 3 days, too many were protesting against THEM! Also, I don't see any of the PETA members lining up to test the newest radiation or chemotherapy to check it's effectiveness on humans in order to let the mice and rats live...
This organization may not be "truly" devoted to animals, but in an overall sense it is, it is The Nature Conversency. It protects land and wildlife, it doesn't have a anti-hunting, anti-animal ownership agenda.
The Nature Conservancy is more about preserving natural lands and wildlife than helping shelter animals. One reason you will not find a very large organization with lots of funding helping a small shelter is that they got large by being scaremongers, tear jerkers, and news hogs. Nothing really wrong with that - it gets the word out. Most of them got their large bank accounts by sensationalizing everything so it would hit the news and lots of people would believe the cause-du-jour was worth sending a few bucks to. More people sending money = big organization. High profile = celebrities willing to give support to the organization. They focus on being in the public eye more than doing any basic supportive work for animals. Sure, laws might get passed and a few people might get prosecuted in high-profile cases but the local shelters don't really benefit at all from it. The best help for a small shelter is an actively involved community and local newspapers keeping them in the public eye. Once in a while you may find someone looking to donate to a particular shelter or leaving their assets to a shelter when they pass away but they aren't going to advertise that they're looking for a place to give to.
ASPCA is great if you live in New York. I happen to be a West Coaster. It would be nice if there was one organization that covered all the States or all of North America. I haven't even found one that covers a whole state or region.