But I've been getting emails about how they are actually a cult that goes back 30 years that has connections to Charles Manson, and they're really an evil organization and blah blah blah. It all has to do with the fact that they "dared" to hold a "Dangerous dogs Summit" a couple weeks ago and didn't invite any of the "leading" BSL experts to speak - and now those "experts" have decided that the people who did speak at the conference are trying to kill every bull dog in North America.
If you'd like proof of that you need look no further than the mouthpiece of the current right wing BSL movement - Dogpolitics.com - and Barb's post "MSN - Exterminating a breed through Kindness" - that post pretty much says everything that's been floating through the Yahoo groups the last couple weeks - the slander of BFAS and Tammy Grimes - without actually saying anything about the right wing BSL movement wants themselves.
What do the people behind Dogpolitics.com, NAIA, ADOA, the DLCC, Dog Holocaust, Workingpitbull want that's any different than Best Friends?
It was my impression that they also wanted legislation to curb bad breeders, (hint - the acronyn for DLCC is Dog LEGISLATION Council of Canada), LEGISLATION to lower spay and neuter costs, licensing costs, to put the onus of good ownership back on the owner. Can someone please tell me how this is any different than what Best Friends is trying to accomplish?
The only thing that is different is that it's going to be going into BEST FRIENDS bank account rather than the bank accounts of the other groups. Period. That's why everybody is angry.
The point was also raised about why the summit was held in Denver - why give money to Denver when they killed 2,000 pit bulls last year? Duh - maybe it's BECAUSE they killed 2,000 pit bulls last year? What better place to hold a summit on dangerous dogs? To raise awareness about the fact? To point out the stupidity that the city you're holding the summit in killed 2,000 of the dogs you're trying to save? Seems like a no-brainer to me...
Okay - back to the Manson thing - this is such a beautiful thing. American's love doing this - there's all kinds of websites popping up about how Best Friends is a cult and how they have so much proof about it. You can go to this website:
http://www.thedogpress.com/Columns/Jade/06_BestFriendsHist.Pt.1._10.htm and read all about it. But if you do a little digging (like I did) - you'll find out that on the Best Friends website - they talk about it themselves. It doesn't seem to be indexed anywhere - but they have a history of the organization at http://www.bestfriends.org/aboutus/oldhistory/intro.htm
This series of pages is interesting - because who are you going to believe? The sensationalists (the arses) or the horses mouth? Me - I'm going to believe the horses mouth. Specifically - there's a section at http://www.bestfriends.org/aboutus/oldhistory/story7.htm where they say:
And one day in 1969, one of those "Aliens Stole My Lunch" tabloid rags had a story in it that the infamous murderer Charles Manson had had something to do with The Process. (Apparently he liked animals, too.) We took no notice at the time. But a couple of years later, a book was published in the United States that drew on those same rumors. And an attorney friend told us that we simply had to file a lawsuit. So we did. The author of the book promptly fled, rather than even show up to the deposition hearing, leaving the extremely embarrassed publisher to settle as quickly as possible. Existing copies of the book were withdrawn, offending sections were to be removed from any future printings, and a public apology issued. But the whole affair left a nasty taste in our mouths. And to this day, the story and other rumors float around on the Internet.
So there you have it. Go read the story of Best Friends Animal Society before they became a sanctuary - but go read the version provided by the horse's mouth - not the asse's arse. You'll get a much more accurate version. It won't be quite as sensational - but you'll probably be more satisfied at the end. I know I was.
As for the Dangerous Dog Summit and whether Best Friends Animal Society and Tammy Grimes are going to set back the BSL movement - that's bullshit too. That's the thing about dog people - a lot of us are absolutely crazy - the pro-BSL people are all laughing up their ass-holes right now because of all the in-fighting that's going on - they know that when we're fighting with each other we can't fight THEM. In which case it's THEM who wins either way. In which case I say - SHAME ON YOU anti BSL people who are attacking Best Friends and Tammy Grimes.
Best Friends and Tammy Grimes are seeking solutions to the problem - the people who are attacking them are simply seeking to keep their place in a political movement that doesn't need any more sides drawn. It only needs a LOT more allies if this fight is going to be won. My rottweiller Daisy NEEDS all of you working TOGETHER.