Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Victoria, Australia
They unfortunately get a lot of financial backing and it is possible for them to introduce legislation banning this or that. Look at the huge fight carriage horse drivers in New York are having against animal right activists.
It is very simple for organisations like PETA to drum up support by showing advertisements with pictures of sad looking dogs or pigs in factory farms. It's far too easy to fall for their ploy if you are not an animal person or someone with background knowledge on PETA, and to open up your wallet and support their 'cause'.
These organisations often have friends in high places, and lots of money to back them up. So many people I talk to (animal lovers included) do not understand PETA's true intentions. While I am all for animal welfare, I do not believe animals need to be given rights. As far as I am concerned, animals such as dogs and cats have been domesticated for thousands and thousands of years now. How is domesticity not a natural part of life for them then? Dogs are as far removed from wolves as cats are from lions. You cannot compare the two. They do not know what 'freedom' they are missing because they have never been free. It is much more advantageous to a cat or a dog to live alongside humans than it is to live out in the wild.
My fish will never know what it is to be hungry, to have to live through weeks or months of declining water quality, to have to face the daily threat of predation. I have a pair of wild-caught bettas and they spawn constantly, even now at two or so years old. I have never seen any sign from them that life in captivity is awful. I recently got several wild-caught species from Indonesia and they have all settled in beautifully, and are already much bigger and healthier looking than when I first got them.
I find it disgusting that organisations such as PETA and HSUS are still out their preying on people's emotions. Even worse, is that people are still falling for their lies even now with the advent of the internet and so much information at their fingertips.