Saturday, February 21, 2009

John Goodwin, Wayne Pacelle, and the HSUS

John Goodwin made this statement regarding the Wild Side Kennel dogs-

John Goodwin Responds About WSK Destruction
Those particular fighting dogs in Wilkes County, NC were very, very
different than the Vick dogs. Whereas Michael Vick was a pro football player that fought dogs as a hobby, the breeder of these dogs was a globally recognized professional dogfighter. Vick was not a good breeder, and he lost most of his fights. His dogs were a poor representation of true fighting dogs. With the Wilkes County dogs, even the puppies as young as 8 weeks of age where attacking each other and drawing blood. We had to buy new cages to separate litters of young pups.

With the Vick dogs it cost nearly $1 million to “rehab” 49 dogs, and still half of them are in solitary kennel runs, unable to socialize with other dogs. In this case there were 127 dogs, and they are far more aggressive than the Vick dogs.

The “misleading claims” have come from a couple of individuals that never saw these dogs, and choose to throw stones on the internet. I saw these dogs, and in fact handled many of them while they were being evaluated. These dogs would most certainly kill any other dog they could get to.

It is very sad that people are also missing the bigger story, that our work has shut down one of the top breeders of fighting dogs in the United States. Dogfighters are seeing their hero’s go to prison. This is having an effect, and many dogfighters are leaving that world behind as they recognize the cost of doing business is too great. HSUS is the only organization in the United States that has an entire campaign that works full time on animal fighting issues.

I support pit bull rescue, but there has to be a group that goes farther and hits at the root of the problem. That is what we are doing by putting leaders in the dogfighting criminal underworld out of business.

Lastly, Wilkes County euthanizes 3,000 healthy, adoptable animals a year simply because there are not enough good homes opening their doors to these needy animals. I find it disturbing that the groups clamoring for media attention over these 127 dogs raise no fuss, and offer no assistance, for the other 3,000 dogs put down in that county each year.


John Goodwin
Manager, Animal Fighting Issues
The Humane Society of the United States

Hmmmmmm Mr. Goodwin, have you forgotten your earlier statements on the Michael Vick dogs? Because the things you said then aren't the same things you are saying now...perhaps you will spout whatever line of bullshit seems to support you decisions in the killing of innocent dogs? That sounds more like it to me.

Let's go back to the Michael Vick dogs....

HSUS never had these dogs in their custody, yet HSUS asked for money To 'care for" them...

you MUST READ the eye-opening article written by the Center for Consumer Freedom on this.

In the article by the New York Times,
Government Makes a Case, and Holds Dogs as Evidence
you were reported as saying "Officials from our organization have examined some of these dogs and, generally speaking, they are some of the most aggressively trained pit bulls in the country,” Wayne Pacelle, the president and chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States, said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “Hundreds of thousands of less-violent pit bulls, who are better candidates to be rehabilitated, are being put down. The fate of these dogs will be up to the government, but we have recommended to them, and believe, they will be eventually put down.”

Pacelle said the Humane Society normally advocated that fighting dogs be put down shortly after being seized.

“Four months is a long time, a long time to be warehoused,” he said. “They may be walked only once a day, if that. We don’t know how well they are being kept. They are likely being held in cages for months on end.”

But Pacelle said his organization supported the government’s efforts. “It is lose-lose for the dogs,” he said. “They either die a gruesome death as a dogfighter in action, or they will be killed because they are not adoptable.”

Michael Vick's pit bulls get a second chance

In this article, it was stated "John Goodwin, a dogfighting expert with the Humane Society and a proponent of euthanizing fight dogs, is skeptical of the emerging reports of the Vick dog recoveries."

"The behavior is bred into them," he said. "... These pit bulls should never be left alone with other dogs, because you never know when that instinct to fight another dog is going to surface."

I bet if it had been YOUR idea to rehabilitate these dogs, you would have been loving the glory, but guess what John? YOU WERE WRONG! You just wanted these dogs DEAD.

In this article, Fighting dogs face grim future Wayne Pacelle made these statements on the Michael Vick dogs and "fighting" dogs in general...

"It's very difficult to deprogram that behavior once it is instilled," Pacelle said. "Even if you can do it to some degree, all it takes is one lapse in the animal's behaviors to kill another animal or exhibit some other type of aggression."

Humane Society Fighting Investigator Talks About Rehab for Dogs

On the HSUS website, Subject Experts-JOHN GOODWIN
it says "Mr. Goodwin has been quoted in numerous newspapers on animal fighting issues and has appeared in over two hundred news broadcasts, radio interviews and televised debates regarding animal protection issues. He has been featured in coverage from CNN, NPR, Court TV, MSNBC, ESPN, the Associated Press, USA Today, and The New York Times."

I hope these people (along with everyone else supporting you and your cronies) will wake up and realize-you are not an expert on anything except lies, deceitful BULLSHIT and the KILLING of innocent dogs.