Now IDA's President Cowboy Scotlund
So get with the program, pet lovers.
No bad deed goes unrewarded. Not in the mixed up, muddled up, shook up world of animal rights extremism.
Convincing people to rescue and adopt
According to former President and current COB Eliot Katz, In Defense of Animals is all about the need to ". . .convince people to rescue and adopt instead of buying or selling animals, [and] to disavow the language and concept of animal ownership."
IDA's Katz is unequivocal: "It is time we demand an end to the misguided and abusive concept of animal ownership. The first step on this long, but just, road would be ending the concept of pet ownership."
And now IDA has Scotlund Haisley as its enforcer-in-chief.
HumaneWatch.org's summary of the leadership role Scotlund Haisley and HSUS played in the illegal the seizure of 172 dogs belonging to a South Dakota dog breeder paints a vivid picture of what "convincing" entails in Cowboy Scot-speak.
A South Dakota judge ordered the dogs that somehow survived Haisley's "rescue" effort returned to their owner, who is still struggling to regain custody of his dogs and reassemble the pieces of his life.
Before the South Dakota debacle, there was HSUS's muscle-bound raid, led by Haisley, on the shelter Norman Pang operated for six days in Oahu.
Pang struggled to administer to the needs of animals in a hospice his wife operated before her death, but made the mistake of turning to the "humane" community for assistance.
Instead of help, Pang and the animals got Scotlund Haisley and his crew, who quickly labeled Pang a "murderer", "hoarder" and "collector."
All because, following his wife's death, Pang realized he was out of his depth and immediately asked for help.
Pang brought a civil rights lawsuit against HSUS, its Hawaiian Humane Society toady and others involved in the travesty.
IDA rolls out the welcome mat
In his press released welcome note to Haisley, Katz managed to delicately underscore the testosterone component: "Scotlund Haisley has been a dynamic force in the animal protection world . . .[and he will] maximize IDA's efforts to become a more powerful voice and force. . . ."
Dynamic forces and powerful voices?
Or did an organization claiming to exist for the "defense" of animals just hire an unemployed cowboy whose out-of-control and legally questionable behavior made his position at HSUS untenable?
What kind of word games are these people playing?
It's all about the animals. [Not.]
Frequently cited, rarely clarified -- and often thoughtlessly uttered -- this statement needs translation. What it really means is:
The ends justify the means.
We'll do anything we want, and we think we won't be questioned.
We operate in plain view because we are so intoxicated by our own audacity that we think no one will question our authority, our motives, and our agenda.
We say anything we want, offer any explanation handy. We own the media. We own the legislature.
We're above the law.
It's "all about the animals." Right?
uh. . .right?
Whole 'nother posse saddling up
and Blue Dog is just loving it.
This stuff with the billboards and newspaper ads and Facebook? It leaves a mark, and Wayne Pacelle knows it. HSUS ditched Scotlund Haisley when he became too great a liability.
Let's just hope John Goodwin and Chris Schindler are next.
As for IDA? They'd better keep their insurance premiums paid up.