The latest request from local liberals is to form an Animal Welfare Committee, which has been promoted in numerous letters to the editor and a constant stream of lobbying before the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, which is scheduled to take this matter up today. It’s all about animal welfare, and who could be against that, right? Plenty of folks are, and with good reason. It’s not about animal welfare.
This idea has been shot down twice already. The original idea was to help find private funding to assist the Animal Shelter. That’s a pretty good idea, and had it just been left as that, I doubt many residents would have a problem. But when you look at the PWSPCA website it doesn’t take long before you realize how they wish to expand the scope of the committee to oversee all animal welfare issues in the county, and establish a forum for the SPCA and all the animal rights allies that they’re trying to bring into this that would turn Board meetings into an animal rights circus. The PWSPCA has even already established a website for this committee that doesn’t exist yet under their own control that they’ve devoted to political activism. This will be another Human Rights Commission, although this time for animals, and no doubt it will turn into the same waste of taxpayer resources, duplication of effort, and useless distraction that the Human Rights Commission has become.
The county has Innovation as a Bio Research Job Center and Animal Research is a federally mandated part of that business. If animal rights activists get a taxpayer-funded forum to pontificate about how federally-mandated programs are inhumane for animals, I can’t imagine a lot of bio research companies are going to be eager to come to the county and provide jobs. We really don’t need to put roadbloacks in front of local job creation, just to make animal rights activists happy.
Had this proposal been strictly constructed to support the animal shelter, we’d have had a committee working with the Police Department that operates it long ago. The reason we don’t have this is because radicals don’t want the half-loaf of a better animal shelter, they want a shot at seizing some political power. So what if they throw laudible animal welfare goals under the bus? That’s the liberal way, to try to hijack something good and decent in order to ram down the electorate’s throats something they would find intolerable.
Let’s hope the Board sees through this power grab.
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