The Enemy Within: The Agenda to Destroy Zoos
Can you imagine President Donald Trump hiring Hillary Clinton to head up the Department of Justice? Can you imagine the Pentagon posting all their top secret weapons plans on Instagram? Can you imagine the Catholic Church merging with Planned Parenthood and the Pope taking over the CEO position at the local abortion clinic? These scenarios sound insane, right? Yet it’s happening right here and right now in the animal world.
When SeaWorld’s new CEO, Joel Manby took over he immediately announced that their star attraction, the killer whale, would no longer be bred at their facilities ending their captive breeding program. SeaWorld is slowly becoming nothing more than an amusement park with big fish. Without the beloved Orca, SeaWorld is nothing.
Then, we witnessed the destruction of the 146-year-old Ringling Bros Circus which closed earlier this year. After a twenty-year battle against the animal rights movement, Ringling won an important victory when it sued the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and won. In the aftermath of the court settlement, Ringling Circus still closed when city after city outlawed their elephants.
“As of last week, Charity Navigator removed its rating of HSUS and replaced it with a “donor advisory.” The advisory notifies website visitors of the $15.75 million settlement of a racketeering and bribery lawsuit that HSUS was a part of last month. You can read more about that settlement here, but the lawsuit involved HSUS money allegedly paying a witness who lied to a federal court.” ~ HumaneWatch
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) was long ago corrupted and taken over by animal rights and environmental extremists. In 2016, led by Obama appointee Dan Ashe, the FWS seized control of 77 million acres of Alaskan land away from the state and local residents to protect predator animals and encourage them to multiply. This protection of the wolf has brought imbalance, resulting in tens of thousands of slaughtered moose and elk, while wreaking havoc on private ranchers and the survival of their livestock herds.
Hunters, conservationists, and local residents were outraged by Ashe’s support of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), which is ‘humane’ in name only. The following statement issued by the Delta Waterfowl Foundation speaks volumes.
“Director Ashe crossed the line when he offered a public ringing endorsement of HSUS, an organization that is constantly standing in direct opposition to American hunters, anglers, and conservationists. It is contrary to the USFWS partnership with conservation and hunting organizations, state wildlife agencies, farmers, and ranchers — all of whom are critical stakeholders in USFWS work and all of whom are targets of HSUS advocacy, lawsuits, ballot initiatives and other actions. His commendation is wrong, and we ask Director Ashe and the USFWS to retract the statement and be honest with the public about HSUS’s interests, which are wholly in conflict with conservation, management, and legitimate animal use.”
Dan Ashe ‘retired’ from the Fish and Wildlife Service after the massive whistleblower scandal over former Deputy Director for law enforcement Gary Mowad exposing the massive scientific fraud at the agency. In a 2014 hearing, Mowad testified that bureaucrats classified paved parking lots as endangered species habitats to please politically connected consultants. “The Service’s entrenched culture of corruption persists with the full knowledge and blessing of Director Dan Ashe.” Executive Director Jeff Ruch, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).
That’s not all, in 2016, Mowad uncovered the long running financial fleecing of the American taxpayer over the “red wolf.” Turns out there is no such thing. The Fish and Wildlife Service invented the animal, claims it is endangered and continues to throw millions of tax payer dollars at a program to breed two different kinds of wolves and coyotes together to create the mythical red wolf.
“Former USFWS deputy chief of law enforcement Gary Mowad told FoxNews.com: ‘This is a case of well-intentioned biologists going back several decades, trying to bring back a species they believe existed.
‘But it turns out now the science clearly indicates red wolves from the very beginning were nothing more than a hybrid between a coyote and a grey wolf. ‘This animal is not an endangered species. This animal is a hybrid and should be delisted immediately.’”
The Fish and Wildlife Service brags that they have ‘reintroduced’ the red wolf back into the wild after being on the ‘brink of extinction’. This isn’t much of a brag if it never existed in the first place.
So where is Dan Ashe now? As of 2017, after his retirement from the federal government, he has taken over the leadership of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), and immediately turned over the keys to his office to his pal, Wayne Pacelle, CEO of HSUS. One of his first actions was to invite Pacelle to be a featured speaker at the AZA 2017 annual conference this September 2017. Inviting Wayne Pacelle to be a featured speaker at an animal conference is like inviting Typhoid Mary to your family reunion. I’m sure the handshake is warm and the smile is friendly, but you are still a dead man walking after he leaves.
“The HSUS is the nation’s largest animal care provider, and also the nation’s leading advocacy organization for animals.” AZA Conference Announcement.
Since HSUS doesn’t run a single pet shelter in America, just how are they any sort of animal care provider, let alone the largest? The entire idea that a Washington, DC vegan lobbyist organization is an umbrella group for America’s pet shelters is one of the biggest most lucrative scams going in America today.
But, wait! There’s more. Fellow animal liberationist at HSUS, Jonathan Balcombe is also a conference speaker. Balcombe, with his ties to the vegan head cases at PETA, is famous for his belief that not only do fish have emotions and feelings but that they are also our “cousins.” He doesn’t believe we should eat fish or keep them in aquariums. Funny choice of a speaker for an accreditation organization for zoos and aquariums.
It doesn’t seem like a stretch to see that given the common goals and the shared animal rights ideology of Ashe, Pacelle, and Balcombe that their goal might be to infiltrate and take over the AZA, using the AZA accreditation authority to force as many American zoos to close as they can. Seems like they have a good start.
The AZA portrays themselves as the standard of the industry but luckily they aren’t the only game in town. A number of zoos are instead accredited with the Zoological Association of America (ZAA). In fact, some zoos are dropping their AZA accreditation over their new anti-elephant animal rights policies. It would seem that the AZA is nothing more than an elite private country club promoting itself as some sort of regulatory body providing standards for running private businesses.
“The Pittsburgh Zoo, in a statement issued Monday, said it had a “philosophical difference of opinion” with the AZA policy and will instead follow policies set by another zoo accrediting organization, the Zoological Association of America, which are more flexible.”
The whole war against zoos can be traced back to the animal rights platform of “no contact” with animals. They want all animals freed from human ownership and living and dying off in some mythical ‘wild’ that no longer exists on our planet. The problem with this approach was demonstrated in the 2015 Butte wildfire when an animal rights sanctuary abandoned their animals and refused to evacuate them in the face of a raging out of control monster wildfire in California.
Animal extremists believe it’s better for animals to die than live in human care. Members of the AZA might believe that by cozying up to the enemy, they are protecting themselves from endless extremist attacks. Ask SeaWorld how that turned out for them.
Katharine Dokken is a Contributing Writer at The Cavalry Group and the author of two new books, including The Art of Terror: Inside the Animal Rights Movement, available on Amazon. Follow Katharine and The Cavalry Group on Twitter: @KatharineDokken @TheCavalryGroup