Friday, July 10, 2009

What's in a Name?

Just ask People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. See they get that you want to sound like you're a bunch of "people", not monsters, who believe in "ethical treatment", not killing, of animals. That's the way to reel in normal people and garner support for your "cause", not total pet extinction plan.

Unfortunately for local government officials in Mumbai, India who attempted to offer a kill solution to the city's stray dog problem, they failed to receive support for their mass slaughter plan:

The large building in Deonar, a suburb of Mumbai was built in 2000 as a “killing center” for the homeless dogs that live on the streets. Local government officials (BMC) had gone to the Bombay High Court to obtain an order that allowed the mass killing of these stray dogs. In preparation for an easy win in court, the BMC built the new facility ahead of time.

But in a surprise twist of fate, the High Court turned down the city’s plan and instead gave the center to an animal rights organization called IDA India with the directive to begin a comprehensive spay and neuter program.

The group moved into the "kill center" and instituted a massive TNR style program for the street dogs. And they've expanded their services with plans for continued growth.

Kinda makes me wonder if PETA's killing center in VA - where they kill nearly every animal they get their icy hands on - was renamed appropriately to reflect the actual work done there, would people still support them?

Welcome to the premiere pet slaughterhouse in the United States, home of Monsters for the Killing of Pets. Please follow me as we tour this state of the art kill facility. Afterwards, we'll have wine tasting outside the Piggly Wiggly dumpster walk-in freezer. Please leave your donations to help us further our efforts.


jan said...

MKP would make a great, and most appropriate, acronym.

-J. said...

I'm a big fan of my "People Euthanizing Thousands of Animals" shirt.

Rinalia said...

I'm really sick of the PETA shelter = slaughterhouse analogy.

I've been in slaughterhouses. I've been in vet clinics and shelters were dogs and cats are killed. There is a stark contrast between the two, stark. And anyone who has been inside the walls of an actual processing facility would know better than to call pentobarbitol the same as a captive bolt gun, or a sterile shelter the same as the kill floor in a slaughterhouse.

Yes, PETA has high kill rates. I won't call it euthanasia - it is not a good death to kill healthy animals.

But it is not a slaughterhouse. There is an irony in this argument, this mislabeling of pentobarbitol as akin to a captive-bolt gun, the killing of a few thousand dogs and cats over a year as the same as the mass killing of 319 cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys every second of every day.

Sorry, it isn't really directed at you, but I just really tire of the "slaughterhouse" analogy when an American shelter can never compare to the grim reality of an abattoir.

Marguerite said...

Rinalia, if the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals can call themselves that while lobbying for laws that criminalize pet ownership, killing virtually every animal that has the misfortune to wind up in their custody and taking the President to task for killing a fly, those who oppose them are quite appropriate in calling what they do "slaughter" and the place where they do it a "slaughterhouse." The difference is one of degree only; the animals are just as dead, killed as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Rinalia said...

Marguerite, criminalizing pet ownership does not a slaughterer makes. :)

By definition, a slaughterhouse is a place where animals are killed for consumption. By connotation, slaughter implies a level of violence and bloodshed that, objectively, PETA's shelter cannot (legally) emulate.

By numbers alone, PETA is killing fewer animals than most shelters. Their kill rates are certainly comparable to some of the poorest regions of the country, which is downright silly and offensive.

Until the "slaughterhouse" label is generously and freely applied to all shelters that kill large numbers of animals, calling PETA* a slaughterhouse is disingenuous and a tacky marketing ploy**.

And even then, the premises of a slaughterhouse, the one where thousands of animals are killed daily, is so very different, so full of such violence and fear that while your "degree of difference" argument has is hard for me to compare how I saw livestock slaughtered and how I saw dogs and cats killed. So I admit my own very emotional bias here. :)

*And I have yet to see the same folks who call PETA a slaughterhouse also suggest calling other shelters w/ high kill rates the same thing.
**And the folks at CCF are supremely excellent at tacky marketing ploys.

Kyla Duffy said...

I, too, feel like I've been kicked in the gut after reading about this. How horrible!