This message is from Karen Strange. You may not know her, but she has done more to protect
your rights as a hobby breeder than anyone else on the planet.
She has made your life much easier. She started a movement and she has with all courage and
strength carried through and made life easier for us all.
She is now working to protect the rights of commercial
breeders, and no matter how you feel about commercial breeders they are raising healthy dogs.
they are part of the fight against the Animal Rightists. If their rights are taken away from them you will also lose your
rights. We are in this together and until we understand that if we do not unite to fight the animal rightists we will all
fall, we cannot hope to have generations of
dogs in the future. we must unite for a common cause to protect ownership rights
so that there will be pups in our and our children's futures.
She has had a long road and has battled many storms
for many years. She is weary and she deserves our strength and help now. She has done more to protect your rights as a hobby
breeder than anyone else on the planet.
Here is a message from Karen Strange printed with permission:
Considering the wave of comments about the Oprah Show not being as bad as some anticipated, I want to make some points
from the politically incorrect perspective.
For those who know me, I've never been politically
correct and have absolutely
no intentions of starting now.
My Politically Incorrect Comments:
1. I owned and bred show dogs
for many years, creating my own bloodlines for the traits I desired. I championed many of them even though I was told
it would be impossible for a novice to show black chow bitches and finish
them without a handler. I finished three
of them myself along with numerous others and ignored the comments.Were all of the dogs I produced show quality? No.
Were there any pets among them? Yes. Do I apologize for breeding and producing them? No. Never have. Never will.
2. I have owned dogs for 32 years. I have never owned a mixed breed dog or a dog from a questionable background. I don't
want a dog from a shelter, pound or rescue. I want dogs from breeders. Since all of my chows have died
old age, I have switched to smaller dogs. ALL of them were BOUGHT from a professional licensed commercial breeder. DO
I apologize for that?
3. I was told eighteen years ago by the "mother of the animal rights
movement" in Missouri that for every ONE of my dogs I bred, a thousand dogs died in shelters. It was my fault for breeding
them when so many needed homes. And, because my dogs were intact, I was creating an overpopulation
I leaned across the table, looked the old gal ( sorry, I don't consider her a lady), directly in the eye and said,
"I have several butcher knives in my kitchen drawer and they have the capacity to kill people. That does not mean that
I'm a murderer." The debate carried on for more than two hours. I never wavered from my position and
have not to this day. I have no intentions of changing.
4. I have been told many times that when I buy from a breeder,
shelter and pound dogs will die, and that I should "adopt" one of those instead.
Not everyone wants a dog
from a shelter, pound or rescue. I am one of those people. I DO NOT WANT a dog from any of those sources. If I could no longer
buy from a breeder, I WOULD NOT HAVE A DOG AT ALL. I do not like 40 pound
black lab mixes that are available in
my area. Don't tell me that there are purebreds available from those sources. I do not want a dog with no pedigree,
no registration papers and a questionable background. This is America. I want to exercise my right as a citizen to participate
in the free
enterprise system and purchase a dog from the place of my choice or to breed the dogs I want. Telling
me that I should not breed a dog or buy from a breeder until all dogs are adopted from shelters, pounds and rescues
is like telling people they should have no more children until all without homes
are adopted. It will never
happen. And, I have been around the block too many times and see what is behind this campaign. It is a money-making, control-seeking
agenda that has nothing to do with animals and everything to do with taking away the rights of individuals, thereby creating
a socialist state. It is an attempt by emotional flocks of sheep in people's clothing
demanding a cornering
of the market to create a monopoly completely controlled by themselves and their chosen few. Sorry, I am not falling
for it, so it does no good to preach to me about it nor does it do any good to keep shoving legislation in my face
to try to force it on me and those I represent. I will use every political technique possible to kill the disgusting
animal rights agenda and will do so with absolutely no feelings
of remorse or guilt.
5. I do not believe in a socialist agenda that dictates what I can and should
do with my animals in my own home. I do not support true animal abuse and neglect, but I believe in using common sense
rather than lynch-mob emotion when making such judgments.
6. I become even more angered and determined to
kill legislation when I receive reports of threats and harassment against those I represent following a ratings-seeking,
money making piece of propaganda as was featured Friday on television. When I receive calls from breeders who are
genuinely afraid for their families and their animals, it infuriates me to the point of lobbying even harder against
animal rights activists. Do threats to my members make me more sympathetic towards activists?
However, I will use those threats as a basis to kill legislation at the capitol! So, each time my people are threatened
in any manner, it costs the activists dearly. Keep threatening and I will keep killing your legislation. I believe
7. I am angered because people fall to their knees and hang their heads in embarrassment for enjoying
their animals. I am disgusted that people fail to stand up against a torrent of propaganda based on lies, deceit, theft,
and the elimination of their rights as American citizens. I am fed up with pleading for people to help in this fight
but they always have the excuse
of being too busy. Well so am I, but what does that have to do with it?!! If breeders
and animal owners don't wake up and see what is coming at them head-on, they will soon have all the time in the world to devote
to flower gardening and golf because there darn sure won't be any animals to enjoy!!
8. Do I have a guilty conscience
for my lack of "compassion"? No, not in the least and the prospects for changing don't look good. Do I care if I don't seem
politically correct? Nope.
If I sound angry, it's because I am. I'm sick and tired of people who fall for emotional
propaganda and can't see that they're being duped. As I've quoted in my speeches many times,
"How sad that
people follow like sheep and ask no questions."
I've spent much of my time in the last year traveling to the east
where I've been invited to speak to various Amish communities about the animal rights movement. They are being
heavily targeted because the animal rights activists don't believe they will fight back. Well guess what!!!
Are they perfect in the care of their dogs? I answer that with a
question of my own....... is every dog interest
perfect? Are ALL hobby/show people running a perfect kennel? Are ALL rescues running their operations in
hospital-like surroundings? Are ALL shelters spotlessly clean and free of
disease and dirt? Are ALL commercial kennels
operating 100% to Animal Welfare Act requirements?
There are good and bad apples in every facet of animal
ownership. The Amish are no different. Many of them I have visited have absolutely immaculate kennels with state
of the art operations. I have seen good and bad in every industry. What angers me is that there are a number of animal
owners who are relieved to see another part of the industry targeted in
order to take the heat off themselves. Rather
than standing shoulder to shoulder to help their fellow man, they choose to point fingers at everyone else, hoping
that by continuing to "feed the crocodile, it will eat everyone else first". Rather than helping, it's easier to point
fingers and say "take them first as long as you leave me alone".
I spent last week-end helping the Amish in an eastern
state. They presented their first breeder's seminar with guest speakers from throughout the Midwest educating them
on all facets of kennel management and animal care. I spoke on the origin of the animal rights movement and how to
When speaking to new groups, I tell them what the animal rights movement is, how it affects them, how the propaganda
and guilt play a large part in the money-making control schemes put forth by the media and various
what to do to counteract it. I close my speeches with the following: "If we are aware of what is happening in the animal
rights movement and the evil agenda it presents, and we fail to stop it, then we will surely get what we deserve and
our children will inherit that which we failed to do."
Written without guilt by Karen Strange, President &