To the Board of Directors and Anna Waz, Development Director Dutchess County
Society for the Prevention of Animals
I read in the January 25 edition of the Gazette Advertiser that you will be
having a "Super Bowl" gathering as a fund raiser. "The event includes a
sumptuous feast"; the paper said. I know you do excellent work in caring for and
finding homes for companion animals.
Why then do you serve meat at your fund raiser? When I called to ask about
the menu, I was told that it would include; Buffalo Wings, Cheese Platter,
Meatballs, and Sausage. When I then asked why you would devote your efforts to
saving some animals while eating some others, the answer you gave me was that
you only provide for companion animals. I don't expect you to include all
species in your shelter work, you are not set up for that. But, by serving the
flesh of slaughtered animals you are sending the message that some animals (cats
and dogs) are worthy of our concern and care while others, beef and dairy
cattle, poultry and pigs are disposable.
I am sure you must be aware of the cruelty that our "modern" system of
factory farming inflicts each year on billions, yes billions, of animals. Ten
billion is the number that are slaughtered, one million each hour. And that is
just in the USA. When you hear about people in other cultures who raise dogs and
cats for food, you are surely horrified.
Yet cows, chickens and pigs love and care for their offspring, they feel
pain, they suffer when confined indoors and fed unnatural diets. A day old calf
cries piteously when taken from his or her mother and the cow bellows in
frustration and loss. The horrors of the slaughterhouse are well documented
(Cows being skinned while still alive, chickens put in a scalding tank and
emerging alive.) This you, and most people are willing to live with. Yet when
you learn about cats and dogs who are mistreated, you want to rescue them
Both the Catskill and Woodstock Animal Sanctuaries take care of rescued farm
animals. All their event feature only vegan (no animal ingredients) food. What
would people think if they served kitten stew and puppy pie because they don't
take in dogs and cats?
We do not need to eat animals' flesh to survive, in fact, it is not even
healthful. Meat and dairy consumption is linked to cancer, heart disease and
diabetes. Factory farming causes pain and suffering and is responsible for much
environmental damage. A report put out by the Food and Agricultural Organization
in December states that the world's cattle contribute to 18 percent of global
I hope when you look at the platters of food you put out next Sunday, you
will consider that this meat was once the muscle tissue of living, breathing
animals, who had a sense of self and an inborn knowledge of their place in the
world and were prevented from taking it. Instead they were manipulated to grow
to the specifications that humans decide are best for food and killed as soon as
they reached them. None of them knew love or kindness.
I know of another humane society where, after becoming aware of the hypocrisy
of serving meat at their events, now offers only vegan dishes. I serve as
president of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society. If you have a change of heart
and decide to serve vegan food in the future we are able to help you with menu
planning. There are so many good alternatives to meat that totally cruelty free
selections are possible. We always get rave reviews of the food at our events.
The Dutchess County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals could
become an example in our community of not only care for some animals, but
concern for all animals.
If you have no interest in changing your philosophy and practices, then I
suggest that you consider changing your name to the Dutchess County Society for
the Prevention of Cruelty to Only Dogs and Cats.
You are charging $50 to attend your event. Some of this money goes to support
your canine and feline rescue and care work. A portion of it also supports the
suffering of several other species.
I look forward to your reply.
Roberta Schiff - firstname.lastname@example.org 845.876.5598