If you have read the other posts I’ve uploaded so far, you will know that I try to go out of my way to be extraordinarily fair. I search out different sides to every topic I write about so that I can discuss the pros and cons in order to arrive at a well-educated conclusion. I try to avoid making emotional reactions and try to keep my own personal biases in check. I want to avoid being inflammatory and confrontational as it puts people on the defensive and blocks any progress from being made.
This post is not quite going to be like that. This time, I’m pointing fingers and not holding back my feelings or opinions. Animals are one of the greatest joys in my life. I love having pets and keeping animals of all kinds. I love learning about and seeing animals, whether in the wild, in preserves, in zoos, or on television. I think animals should be understood and cared about. But people are ruining things. Because they’re being stupid. So this time, I’m breaking my own rules about keeping things even-tempered.
One of the most misunderstood animal rights organizations is the Humane Society of the United States. The HSUS is also an organization that is very difficult to get a fair and objective assessment of. It is incredibly easy to find a number of websites that oppose the HSUS and attack it vehemently. It is also easy to find a number of websites defending the HSUS and attacking its detractors. Unfortunately, with as unapologetically biased as both sides of the argument are, you have to realize and accept that you won’t get a complete picture of the organization from either side, and there are few who try to examine it without getting swept into one extreme or the other
When deciding what I wanted my first real post to be (I’m not counting my introductory welcome post as it doesn’t get into any topic too deeply), there were a number of possibilities and a number of topics that I wanted to address. Some of them are somewhat timely topics, like that of Marius the Giraffe, that I feel need to be written soon as they are happening right now (or in the very recent past) and there is still new commentary coming out. Some of them are wider reaching topics that will help develop a background understanding of the problems as I see them, such as an overview of the Animal Rights movement. Ultimately, I decided to address the organization that induced me into actually starting this blog