We were rushing to try to do an Easter post. And then we ran across this article and got ticked off.
Biden's Puppy Breeder: "Never, Never, Never Again"
Woman is vilified for selling a pedigreed pup to the Bidens.
By KAREN ARAIZA
Updated 2:48 PM EDT, Fri, Apr 10, 200
Fifteen minutes of fame turned into four months of bitter remorse for the Chester County woman who sold the Bidens their adorable little German shepherd puppy.
Linda Brown's been investigated, scorned and had her life threatened.
"I thought when Joe Biden bought a puppy from me, what an honor," Brown told the Daily Local News. "Out of millions of breeders in the country, in the world, he picked me."
That was December.
When the story got out, Brown faced backlash from pet lovers who thought the Bidens should have opted for a shelter over a breeder to find their new puppy.
PETA seized the moment as an opportunity to blame the killing of shelter animals on people who buy from breeders. The organization's TV commercial, "Buy One, Get One Killed" ran in Delaware after the Biden puppy story made headlines.
Read the rest of the story here.
What a load of crap. Sorry, but that's what it is. Who gave PETA or any other animal activist group the idea they can speak for everyone? Or they can humiliate or harass a breeder? We don't know anything about this breeder, but we do believe a legitimate breeder has a right to run a licensed business.
We would like to see every shelter animal adopted, but a shelter animal is not right for everyone, for any number of reasons. For any group of fanatics to cause a breeder to be harassed is beyond rationality.
We feel sad for the woman who has received death threats from animal activists and has had to shell out thousands of dollars in legal fees to protect herself and her business from somewhat ridiculous citations. If the woman is running a "puppy mill," there would be no need to invent charges.
The woman should be left in peace. She is not responsible for the millions of animals killed in shelters every year. Some humans have just lost all common sense.
Our advice? Adopt a shelter animal. Or adopt from a reputable breeder. But don't fall victim to the inferred lie that if all breeders are closed down, the shelters will close too.