Naked in Athens?
a wonderful country we live in! Where else in the would can a local
community have a problem and outside organizations from across the
nation step in to help or at least tell the locals what they should do
or should have done.
is the case recently in Limestone County. An eleven year old child was
bitten by a chained pit bull and the owners of the dog planned to put it
to sleep. A PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) official saw
an online news report of the incident and responded to the Limestone
County Commission asking that they consider a ban on chaining or
tethering dogs. The commission was also sent copies of other cities’
ordinances banning such practices.
to PETA, "chaining can make dogs aggressive because they are highly
social pack animals who need companionship and room to run." With
this bit of enlightenment, I realized that dogs must be of a much higher
social order than we people. Just imagine if the PETA folks were in
charge of our judicial and prison system and thought our criminals just
needed "room to run" and all of their socially unacceptable
problems would automatically straighten out over a period of time. Law
abiding citizens would need to realize that they just need put up with
robbing, raping and killing through this adjustment period and then
things would be fine and our crime rate would bottom out.
I had only understood this principle a few years ago, I probably wouldn’t
have shot at the trio of dogs that had one of my newborn calves down and
chewing on it. I would have understood that these dogs must have been
recently chained and had not been free long enough for the
aggressiveness to work out of their system. Two dead calves was a small
price to pay for the rehabilitation of these mongrels.
PETA, I can see the need for another law such as the "truth in
lending" law. That law requires that all pertinent facts be
disclosed by a lending institution to the borrower. I’m guessing that
is what it says; I never read all that stuff. In PETA’s case, we need
a "truth in naming yourself law." This law would require that
an organization would be required to give themselves a name having
something to do with the character or nature of the organization. This
would cause them to drop the E for ethical. Unless I’m mistaken,
ethical comes from ethics and that has something to do with integrity
and a high moral code of conduct.
makes contributions to other organizations such as the Earth Liberation
Front (ELF) and Animal Liberation Front (ALF). These organizations may
sound innocent enough but actions prove differently. In the past few
years, ELF has claimed responsibility for burning houses under
construction in places that they deemed that houses should not be built.
ALF has also been proven to be behind the bombing of research buildings
that used laboratory test animals in trying to find cures for diseases
and develop medications that would benefit our human race. These
"ethical" organizations have also made contributions for the
legal defense of individuals carrying out these actions.
frequently used nudity in their demonstrations to get their point across
on a variety of issues including protesting the use of fur. Their use of
nudity is so common that you would wonder what their main agenda is. Are
they looking for an excuse to get naked or are they really interested in
the treatment of animals. A recent poster protesting fur features Pamela
Anderson obviously naked from the waist up. (It would probably only
deserve a movie rating of PG-13.) It is interesting that MS Anderson’s
famous barbed wire tattoo on her arm is not shown. Perhaps that would
have portrayed a message that she was just a good ole farm girl who
approves of cows being restrained by barbed wire fences.
you imagine what it would be like to live in a PETA household? If they
are true believers in "ethical" treatment of all animals,
there would be no mouse traps and poisons, no fly swatters or
insecticides. I think that would make for a pretty interesting
situation. By the way, internet sources estimate that about eighty
percent of the animals that PETA rescues to save are executed by lethal
injection by PETA.
knows what PETA has planned for Limestone County and Athens. They may be
planning a naked protest wearing dog collars and chains. Maybe the local
Co-op could co-sponsor the event with a sale on dog collars and chains
and cook hamburgers and hotdogs.
Darrell Thompson is the
manager of Lawrence County Exchange in Moulton.