Ladies and gentlemen, please fasten your hypocrisy seatbelts and make sure your ZOMG tray tables are in the upright and locked position. We are in for a bumpy ride.
The Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) is holding its annual conference in San Francisco right now. This is a Powerpoint presentation reportedly given at the conference (in case of disappearance, the document can be viewed here). The doc was apparently part of the ASPCA’s disappearing anti-no kill package from last week. In an attempt to untangle the web, I refer you to Ryan Clinton’s post on Facebook. Specifically:
Ryan Clinton, No Kill Advocate Ruthann: The ASPCA released its internal anti-No-Kill political strategy last week. It was released on their own website along with the powerpoint for this presentation. So, it looks like the ASPCA paid for the presentation that he gave today at the SAWA conference in San Francisco. The presenter is a political/marketing consultant. A very successful one at that: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_W._Smith.
Still with me?
OK. So the presentation is called “Surviving the Storm”. Unlike the annual No Kill Conference, where attendees learn how more shelter pets can survive, people at the SAWA conference are learning how they and their status quo methods of catch and kill can survive, despite calls for reform (“the storm”) from compassionate advocates.
In the presentation, the status quo (of needless shelter pet killing) is depicted as being in crisis. Examples of major public relations crises are provided such as BP and Charlie Sheen. (I know you think I’m lying. I’m not. Go check.) To deal with “the storm” of no kill advocates exposing the needless killing and calling for change, the presentation recommends the creation of a “war room”. As an illustration, the famous White House photo of President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton and others watching the Navy SEAL team on its mission to kill Osama bin Laden accompanies the piece.
Feeling a bit woozy? Anyone need a barf bag?
OK. So in summary, they (status quo protectors) are BP and we (no kill advocates) are bin Laden. And apparently, like the millionaire CEO of BP at the time of the Gulf oil disaster, they just want their lives back.
Here’s the thing – we want our lives back too. But unlike ASPCA and their fellow status quo protectors, we’re not referring to ourselves. We want the lives of OUR COMMUNITIES’ PETS back. The ones kill shelter directors, backed by ASPCA and other enablers, take away every day in this country. And since they don’t actually have a Navy SEAL team to take us out, we’re going to keep up our demands for reform and our non-violent political action.
ASPCA says they were “mortified” that they got caught calling us “extremists”. In jest, I demanded they step it up and call us terrorists. At SAWA, during the “Surviving the Storm” presentation, Austin’s no kill advocates were reportedly referred to as a “terrorist organization” and Ryan Clinton was specifically named as a “minion”. In retrospect, perhaps I should have added a winking smiling face and an “only joking” disclaimer. Ack.
In order to be a minion, one must have a “master” whose bidding is blindly and relentlessly done. I don’t know who ASPCA and friends think that “master” is but let’s be clear: We’re not terrorists, nor are we minions. We just don’t want to see pets needlessly killed in shelters. And we’re willing to stand up and say it.
We want the lives of our communities’ pets back. And until the day comes when the ASPCA and their fellow status quo protectors actually get a Navy SEAL team to hunt us down, we are going to keep pushing for an end to the needless killing of shelter pets and speaking up for their right to live. Join us.