Just a "minor" note (although it isn't minor in a journalistic sense): this story isn't about PeTA. PeTA jumped in at the last minute when they saw a trending issue and grabbed the media spotlight. Why on earth City Paper made it sound like it was all about PeTA when there has been a relentless, popular, locally-based campaign in the city for a couple of years now working to get animal circuses banned here, I really don't know. Not fair play, CP.
I actually did not have a clue who this guy was until I read this, I guess I don't watch the right cable TV shows... But what's the bit about the "vegetarian death panels"? Just asking because the growing trend toward snide, self-satisfied dissing of vegetarianism is getting kind of wearisome to me (OK so there have been a few snide self-satisfied vegetarians around, that I won't deny). I suppose it suits some people for it to be PC again to throw jabs at people trying to reduce their carbon footprint or fight cruelty (oh what a "so yesterday" concept!) through the way they eat, never mind that the United Nations (that well-known rad-super-green org) just urged people to cut their meat and dairy consumption radically in the interests of climate control [http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jun/02/un-report-meat-free-diet].
This guy sounds like someone who pulled himself admirably out of hell only to make a lot of money being an asshole (and eating them too apparently).
Part of the responsibility is with irresponsible owners who let their animals breed, yes. Part of the responsibility is also with the city/state/county authorities that allow that breeding to go unpenalized, continue to let pet stores sell puppies and kittens when shelters are teeming, and condone the unacceptable killing methods Ferree uses by making them legal. Part of the responsibility is also with a community that chooses to treat animals as commodities, that respects the lives of "non-owned" animals so little that the Ken Ferrees of this world can make a nice comfortable living killing them inhumanely.
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