PETA Uses Caboodle Seizure in its Campaign to Defeat Florida’s Animal Rescue Act

A message from the desk of Daphna Nachminovitch, VP of the Cruelty Investigations Department at PETA uses the high profile Caboodle seizure to smear rescuers and urge supporters to kill a bill that would help save the lives of shelter animals.


In an entirely unsurprising development, PETA is manipulating this week’s widely publicized raid to smear animal rescuers and urge its supporters, and those who may have stumbled onto its website this week, to defeat Florida’s Animal Rescue Act bill The Florida legislative session for 2012 is coming to a close, but there are still a few days remaining for bills to be passed into law.

A communication from Daphna Nachminovitch touting PETA’s role in the Caboodle seizure concludes with this:

“A dangerous bill is currently making its way through Florida’s legislature. Animal shelters would be forced to hand over animals to self-proclaimed, unregulated animal “rescues” like Caboodle if the misleading “Animal Rescue Act” (S.B. 818 and H.B. 597) becomes law. PETA is calling on the bill’s sponsors to withdraw the legislation. Please help us make sure that this happens by contacting legislators now.”

On the Action Alert posted to drum up opposition to the bill at its website, PETA says the Animal Rescue Act “would put homeless and unwanted animals at risk of being handed off to hoarders who pose as “rescues.”.”

The bill, in fact, “requir[es] any animal control agency or animal shelter that euthanizes animals to maintain a registry of animal rescue groups that are willing to accept animals that would otherwise be subject to euthanization; providing eligibility criteria for rescue groups and persons desiring to be on the euthanization registry; providing criteria under which an animal control agency or animal shelter may reject an applicant for the euthanization registry or remove a participant from the registry; requiring that certain specified information concerning an animal rescue group be included in the group’s application for inclusion on the euthanasia registry; authorizing an animal control agency or animal shelter to require a rescue group or person to provide specified data to the animal control agency or animal shelter each month;” It gives rescues access to shelter cats and dogs in danger of euthanization, and provides shelters with guidelines whereby rescuers can be vetted. Click here for the full text of the amended Senate version of the bill.

PETA is not the only organization to oppose the Animal Rescue Act. Among others, the Florida Animal Control Association opposes the act.

A Florida Animal Rescue Act site supporting the act answers opponents on its page, Debunking the Opposition.

See also; our post from January 23,  FL Animal Rescue Act Bill Advances: Will Save Lives If Passed.

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8 thoughts on “PETA Uses Caboodle Seizure in its Campaign to Defeat Florida’s Animal Rescue Act

  1. Just cannot get my head around this!!! For years I thought PETA was on the side of the animals. How naive can you be??? Also cannot comprehend the American policy of (seemingly) thinking euthanization is a normal process of findind a solution to any problems related to non -human creatures… I feel very lucky to have been brought up in a country which holds the doctrines of the RSPCA as unquestionable standards…Reading these stories leaves me feeling so angry and helpless (tho never hopeless). I would love to show my support for the people who are doing their utmost to save all the innocent cats (and dogs) who have automatically been given a death sentence merely for being born. But not living in the USA, I don’t have a clue how I can make a difference..If it were over here, I would be joining a demonstration!! Just want to say, to everyone who is loving and caring enough to help these babies, my thoughts are with you all the way. I may not be able to fight your fight by your side, but my spirit is with you…xxx

    1. Sue, the people behind PETA and similar “activist” organizations abuse your compassion and use your financial and social/political support to enrich themselves.

  2. This really stinks. I am contacting my bank today and stoping any withrawels going to PETA and the ASPCA who also had their hands in this cruel act. It is all about politics politics and more politics. The week before it is going to be voted on they do this to Caboodles and all of those babies !~ If I wrote what I really think I would probably not be allowed on facebook ever again…who is/was getting paid to do this in Tallahassee and PETA and the ASPCA? Like selling your soul to the devil ! Wonder how the babies are doing.

  3. I’ve read several articles about “hoarding” this week, and by most estimates, between 6,000 and 7,000 cases of hoarding are investigated annually in the US (since 2005). Many are “rescues” and “shelters,” both licensed and unlicensed. In fact, PeTA investigated a “no-kill” “shelter” here in Asheville a few years back, and when the authorities seized those animals, those hundreds of cats and dogs flooded already strained shelters, and rescues, and taxed their already impossibly low funding. When all of those animals had to be quarantined, seen by vets, and treated around the clock, for wounds, respiratory infections, parasites, and gut bugs, I can only imagine the stress on those shelters that had to “absorb” those animals, and frantically raise funds, obtain and train volunteers, and drum-up emergency foster homes. “Rescues” are counterproductive, to say the LEAST, if they accomplish nothing but making a healthy population of animals sick before handing them off to others to treat and/or euthanize. “But we meant well” only goes so far, doesn’t it?

    PeTA’s pretty good about seeing the writing on the wall. I’m with them on this one.

    As for the legislation giving “kill” facilities the authority to screen potential “rescues,” I honestly don’t see how busy, overtaxed shelters are going to be able to visit each and every “rescue,” each and every time an animal is turned over to one. How are they going to know, without visiting each and every time, that such “rescues” aren’t gathering animals from multiple shelters? How will they know when a good situation goes bad? It’s ludicrous. None of these “rescues” start out “bad,” yet between 6,000 and 7,000 annually manage to get there.

  4. how is it that The Cat House on the Kings makes it look so easy. she has over 700 cats and no problems…maybe because she isnt a HOARDER who doesnt neuter animals who come in there. she treats them with dignity and respect.

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