As host of of the “Issues” show on Headline News, Jane Velez-Mitchell is usually the interviewer, not the interviewee. It turns out that, given a chance to express her opinions, as she is in this week’s segment of with Mary Haight (of Dancing Dog Blog), she has a lot to say. And very strongly.

Veganism, animal birth control, “eco-fur,” compassionate capitalism, and giving rights to trees are just a few of the topics that Velez-Mitchell expounds upon. She reserves some particularly harsh words for breeders — who, she she says are often confused with hoarders — and the people who buy dogs from them.

And  that’s just one of the connections Velez-Mitchell makes between addiction and animal welfare. According to her, our society’s many ills are  subcategories of what she sees as an overriding problem: An addiction to consumerism and rampant greed.

What does Velez-Mitchell suggest we do to heal ourselves as a nation? Listen to the interview to find out, and then come back on Wednesday, at 9PM EST for a follow up chat with her.


4 thoughts on “Addiction and Animal Welfare”

  1. Animal Welfare or Animal Rights?

    Here are some of the differences:

    As animal welfare advocates. . .

    · We seek to improve the treatment and well-being of animals.

    · We support the humane treatment of animals that ensures comfort and freedom from unnecessary pain and suffering.

    · We believe we have the right to “own” animals — they are our property.

    · We believe animal owners should provide loving care for the lifetime of their animals.

    As animal rights activists. . .

    · They seek to end the use and ownership of animals, including the keeping of pets.

    · They believe that any use of an animal is exploitation so, not only must we stop using animals for food and clothing, but pet ownership must be outlawed as well.

    · They want to obtain legal rights for animals as they believe that animals and humans are equal.

    · They use false and unsubstantiated allegations of animal abuse to raise funds, attract media attention and bring supporters into the movement.

    · (The Inhumane Crusade, Daniel T. Oliver – Capital Research Center)

  2. Dysfunctional people need to control the minutiae, feel they must “fix” everything and beleve they know the only right way to behave – in short the definition of an animal rights extremist. So this is a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

    If you love your dog, thank a breeder. A DNA marker test was developed to help eliminate PLL in dogs, thank a breeder.

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