by Kerry Noon, CFO All Pet Naturals – Inspired by Nature
After seeing some recent news reports that PeTA organized two Paris Hilton and Britney Spears look-a-likes to demonstrate outside pet stores in Los Angeles, in an effort to bring attention to the fact that when people purchase dogs from breeders, thousands of dogs in rescue shelters go without homes. I was inspired to find out more about PeTA and have another look at what PeTA has been up to of late, and share what I find.
As with most people I was aware of the work PeTA did protesting the wearing of fur and factory farms, but was surprised to find that their mission statement includes concern for backyard dogs.
“PeTA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in laboratories, in the clothing trade, and in the entertainment industry.”
Says the PeTA websites’ mission statement. “We also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of beavers, birds and other “pests,” and the abuse of backyard dogs.”
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA), is an organization of more than 2 million members and supporters, and is the largest not-for-profit animal rights organization in the world. As I was scooting around their site and reading everything I could, I came upon dozens of awesome blog articles in their Companion Animals section.
With such topics as “Don’t believe everything you hear from your vet” and “Old age ain’t for sissies,” Peta explores the importance of holistic treatment methods in dog care.
Author Karen says, “for the past 20+ years, I’ve found holistic methods to be gentler, less invasive, more natural, and more healing than conventional methods. These tend to work with the body in a way that nourishes and heals it, rather than simply masking or suppressing symptoms, which are bound to resurface in a different way. Of course, there is a place for conventional medicine, but many chronic and old-age health problems in pets lend themselves to holistic treatment.”
Karen also reminds us “To take charge of your dog’s health yourself. You, and not your vet, are your dog’s best advocate.” For anyone interested in the health of their best friend this is certainly advice and its all on the PeTA website which I found to be a wonderful and rich resource. To find out more about PeTA and to join the organization, visit www.peta.org.