A video that was recently posted on Facebook by Andrew Weprin is raising eyebrows, though, in many ways, the video is unsurprising. In it, an obviously frightened dog is being dragged, reportedly to the "euthanasia" room to be destroyed, by a group of staff. To keep the camera from filming the terrified dog, one of the staff people stands between the dog and the camera with her back to the camera. The video is unsurprising because anyone who has followed the goings on at New
In the first in this series, we described how, while silence in the face of injustice is a universal theme, large, national animal organizations that profess to speak for animals and the animal sheltering industry, like the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Best Friends Animal Society (BFAS), and Maddie's Fund (MF) (collectively herein after referred to as the "alphabet soup" organizations) conti
Photo: Dead animals, some in body bags and some not, stacked in grocery carts outside Associated Humane Societies in New Jersey. The idea that remaining silent in the face of injustice makes you a participant in it is not a new one. It goes back millennia and is universal. The Archbishop Desmond Tutu said it like this, "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." "Silence in the face of injustice is complicity with the oppressor,
The ongoing atrocities at the Associated Humane Societies have been well documented by the State of New Jersey, dating back decades. They show systemic failures in the state's largest animal sheltering system that have gone unaddressed, while the people in charge have raked in millions of dollars. We will spare our readers some of the goriest details. Nathan Winograd covered those himself. For those who want to read them, they can do that here. We also won't dive too deeply i
July 13, 2017, hundreds of starry-eyed animal rescuers, would-be rescuers, and donors filled a conference room at Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey to hear Best Friends Animal Society announce their intention to make the USA No Kill by 2025. The conference was presented by Maddie's Fund.
We wish we could be excited. But, we can't. We have been down this road with Best Friends and Maddie's Fund too many times before. Maddie's Fund's largest a