PAWS - Show Me The Money!
People have emailed me over the past several months ask when I will write about PAWS. Just where do I stand? Well that time, ladies and gentlemen, has arrived, so listen up, all you dog - and cat people - cause here it is..........
The PAWS bill, cleverly spun as the "puppy mill bill" (after all - who could oppose that?) , positioned by Santorum to protect pets, has greatly divided the purebred dog community, and other breeder groups as well. Well I say it's got little to do with pets and more to do with moolah.
Why Is This Man Smiling?
So let's get something straight right now. No one in Washington, DC does anything without a self-serving motivation. No politician supports or opposes legislation without motivation. Rick Santorum is no exception.
In Washington, that motivation is usually distilled down to just two things. Votes and money. Or money and votes.
And as for the AKC, HSUS and PETA - the three key nonprofit players supporting the PAWS bill? Are they without motivation in their support of PAWS? Or are they selfless in their support?
Well maybe it just boils down to money. After all, even nonprofits need to earn money to stay in business - they all need revenue - and really the only difference between them and Corporate America is their tax status.
Next - ask yourself this..........why would such organizations - complete polar opposites (and almost sworn enemies) like the AKC, PETA and HSUS - line up together behind PAWS?
So ask yourself this........ Do you really think PAWS is about keeping pets safe? Or saving the public from unscrupulous pet importers? Or shielding the pet-buying public from unscrupulous puppy mills?
Do you think the AKC and PETA and the HSUS have now found a common cause - are they now sharing the love? Do they love Rick Santorum. Does he love them back?
I'll tell you what kind of love they'll be sharing - the green kind. It's called money.
Fuggetaboutit - there's ONLY ONE question that truly matters:
Will the PAWS bill further endanger our freedom, our privacy, our constitutional rights?
And IMHO - PAWS comes down to this..............Money, microchips and political power.