We are naive. For organizations like the ASPCA, “animal welfare” is big business. They are money raising machines, using star power to raise millions to further their efforts. Paying their CEO, Ed Sayres, the man who responded to staff emails trying to save Oreo, the dog thrown off the roof, nursed to health and then murdered by the ASPCA by saying “just do your job” more than half a million dollars a year.
Pets Alive is not a money raising machine. We save animals. That’s it. Every day we pour over emails, phone calls and phone messages from other shelters, trying our best to save as many as we can. Understand one fundamental fact that some people seem to be forgetting. They are all equal. Every soul is as precious as the next. Each one is completely innocent and each one deserves life.
I was broken when I left my office last night. I was completely disgusted. I went out to dinner and drank more than I ate. Kerry was heartbroken as well.
The question left in our minds is very simple: how could an organization that has virtually unlimited resources claim to have run out of options and kill an animal? We’re not talking about an animal dying of cancer or ripped to shreds in a dogfight. There are no shades of gray here. No wiggle room. There’s only a binary reality – right and wrong. Black and white. Yes or no. Life or death. They chose death. Period. Why? Because that’s what Sayres and his minions wanted for Oreo. That’s what they thought was best for her. Can you f’ing believe that? They gave us all the finger and told us that death was the best thing for Oreo.
That is simply insanity. In fact, if I close my eyes it reminds me of another organization that preaches animal rights but kills most of the animals in their care — PETA. PETA’s “Animal Record” report for 2008, filed with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, shows that the animal rights group killed 95 percent of the dogs and cats in its care last year. During all of 2008, PETA found adoptive homes for just seven pets.
Want to hear it from their arrogant, self-serving, god-playing mouths?
“We’re saddened by the outcome,” said ASPCA spokesman Andy Izquierdo on Friday afternoon after the organization announced Oreo’s death. “But we truly feel it’s the most humane decision for Oreo.” [Emphasis added]
Wow. Let me see if I have this straight. Death is the most humane solution for Oreo. Hello PETA. So why NOT Pets Alive instead?
In an e-mail, Stephen Zawistowski, one of the ASPCA’s lead animal behavior experts who had worked with Oreo, said the organization didn’t believe that sanctuary placement was “good for her welfare.”
Pure doubletalk. Pure thinkspeak. Death is better. Hello PETA.
What they meant to say is that Oreo is better off dead then with Pets Alive, who they don’t know. And their cars are broken. And their emails. And their cell phones. And they forgot the phone numbers to Best Friends, the Mayors Alliance (which they helped found), and all of the shelters we help regularly. And when they recruited Rob Thomas to do some announcements for them I’m sure he didn’t mention us either.
Anyway…they couldn’t grant Oreo a twenty four hour reprieve and come here to look around. That wouldn’t be good for her welfare.
This all just amazes me. They are getting called out for this by many people like you. As they should be. They issued a press release this morning spinning their fool heads off to get us idiots to understand that the best thing for Oreo was a quick death rather than spending the rest of her life here with us. Sort of what they wanted for the Vick dogs, which are now living comfortably at Best Friends in Utah (at least the ones that Best Friends kept them from killing).
The entire press release had me alternating between laughter and rage. This is, by far, my favorite line:
The ASPCA is worried their decision will make people think they failed Oreo.
Um…you killed her. I think that may be pretty close to the textbook definition of failure. ASPCA, you totally and completely failed Oreo. You tried to innoculate yourselves from criticism by blaming…all of us.
If the ASPCA has failed at anything, it is shielding America from the true face of animal cruelty for far too long. Animal cruelty isn’t pretty and doesn’t always have a happy ending—it is ugly and sad and, ultimately, tragic.
Yes Ed, you failed to shield us unknowing morons from the face of cruelty. You and the rest of your arrogant, overpaid, unfeeling crew. But we got a good lesson in cruelty from you and from the ASPCA. What you did to Oreo was cruel. Killing is cruel. Killing unnecessarily is cruel.
So what IS the lesson we should all take from this? I think there are several.
1. The bigger so-called “humane organizations,” with the exception of Best Friends Animal Society, don’t deserve our support or our money. Humane Society of the US euthanized dogs by the hundreds during hurricane Katrina, ASPCA is, as someone commented a cesspool for animals and a piggy bank for humans, and PETA is a joke.
Take your hard earned money and keep it, or give it to local humane organizations who are struggling to stay afloat. They are the ones that are in the trenches saving animals. You won’t find big salaries and plush offices. You’ll find people working hard at the grassroots level to save animals.
Remember that when these organizations are killing dogs like Oreo, or placing 7 out of tens of thousands of animals and killing the rest, or setting up portable euthanization and cremation centers for dogs rescued from the hurricane, they’re doing it with your money. Is that where you want your money to go? Is that what you intended?
I’d like to share several emails and responses I’ve received from my earlier blog. This is the same old stuff. The red herring argument that Pets Alive is calling out the ASPCA because we will get money and publicity for doing it. Uh…no. We’re doing this because there’s a right and a wrong here and they’re wrong. Here are some examples of my hate mail that I’d like to address:
To all those here who condemn any national organization for making an unpopular choice on behalf of ONE animal, I say shame on you all for your negativity, short-sightedness, and ignorance. The ten dollars you may have sent to NY will now NOT save another Oreo…another dog who may have the emotional capability to become a lifetime, loving and happy family companion, unlike this poor soul. Get the full story before you decide to yank your support. Without PEOPLE who understand this battle we fight, the animals will never be safe.
Uh…no. An organization that claims to be the voice of animals, an organization that raises tens of millions of dollars on that premise, must not kill a SINGLE animal that could be saved. Not one. Period. These are not statistics…these are lives. Souls. Innocent beings who feel pain and emotion and are self-aware. There is absolutely no compromise on this. ASPCA accepted the responsibility for the lives of ALL the animals in their care — not most of them. Not all but one of them. ALL of them. What they did to Oreo was wrong. It was an abdication of that responsibility.
Wow, way to go, Pets Alive. Fundraising by libeling and badmouthing one of the finest animal shelters in NYC & best animal advocacy group in the nation. And doing it on the back of a dog. Your group will NEVER get a dime from me. Your fundraising effort using Oreo as your poster child is despicable.
THIS GROUP IS ATTACKING ASPCA SO THEY CAN GET MEDIA AND MONEY. F–K YOU
Yes. Of course. We don’t care about Oreo. We just want the money. And it’s pouring in. We’ve raised $400 so far. That comes to about $18 an hour for the time we’ve spent, making us the highest paid employees at Pets Alive. Ed Sayres, angel guardian of animals and the purveyor of one of the finest shelters in NYC made $5500 during the same time period.
I could have made more money standing outside the Middletown Wal*Mart with a cup (thank you for every penny. I promise we will spend it wisely).
Okay. Listen carefully Dr. Leather (the guy who wrote the first email). firstname.lastname@example.org wrote the second one but that’s probably not his real email address:
2. All the animals are important. Every life. Any animal that can be saved deserves to be saved. Animal welfare groups should spend time actually saving and placing the animals in their care rather than just making flashy TV commercials to raise more money.
I’m tired of hearing this one too:
I have a suggestion….all those folks all that attention to ‘adopt’ Oreo” well go back to NYACC 95% of the dogs are Pitts..go help one that isn;t a bitter, nor aggressive I agree with what was done..why don;t you save a dog that deserves to be saved??
This gets to the heart of the matter. The key words in that sentence are deserves to be saved. One last time folks.
THEY ALL DESERVE TO BE SAVED. OREO DESERVED TO BE SAVED.
They are all equal. Every life, every soul. And we will continue to save dogs.
3. Regardless of our differences, animal people and animal groups can come together and save animals. Ed Sayers will eventually leave the ASPCA. Hopefully sooner rather than later. The Internet will be the undoing of phoneybaloney groups like his because they make them transparent.
Pets Alive, the animal rights group WAR, the TV show Rescue Ink, and you. Where else would all of those misfits come together to try to save Oreo?
That’s the real face of animal rescue Ed Sayers. The arrogant little jerks who mocked those people who tried to help are not the face of the compassionate people that make up this movement, nor are you. You are just a parasite, sucking money and resources away from the smaller groups who are actually carrying your water.
You are actually part of the face of cruelty that you so flippantly mention on your website. You are part of the reason dogs are being killed.
Meanwhile, thousands of organizations and people around the world are saving animals. Some specialize in breeds or geography. Most exist on donations or their own money. Most would give their left arm for one hundreth of the money you spend sending out fund raising appeals. Yet we all save animals.
You may rather kill Oreo than give her to one of us, but we will continue to work to save animals. We saved almost half the animals you did on a budget that was one half of one percent of yours. You should be ashamed of yourself for taking people’s hard earned money and squandering it.
You take advantage of people’s generosity.
And you failed to act responsibly with the life of an animal in your care. Oreo’s blood is on your hands.
So, my friends. My fellow rescue people. Pets Alive supporters. Our detractors who read this stuff anyway. We thank you all for trying. Our hearts are broken for this poor soul who should not have suffered and should not have died.
We now know who is the real voice of these animals. We are.
Click HERE to sign a petition to get ASPCA President Ed Sayres fired: http://tinyurl.com/ye9cdk7
Filed in Animal Rescue by Admnistrator on Nov 14, 2009. There are 37 Comments