Mike Adams

TO: PETA
FR: Mike S. Adams
CC: Rainbow/Push Coalition

I write to you today with a heavy heart – not over the murder of dogs that were killed then put in dumpsters by N.C. PETA employees – but over another animal cruelty case, which can be blamed solely on your soulless and hypocritical organization. I hope you will give this case more attention than you have until now.

The case began as a rather simple one. A neighbor of mine had a Siberian husky mix that was getting aggressive with some of our neighbors. A brief overview of the incidents of aggression follows:

• The husky charged me (barking) when I tried to interfere with its efforts to poop on my lawn.

• The husky charged a little girl across the street when she tried to pet it.

• The husky stormed my next door neighbor’s property and charged at him when he tried to run the dog off.

• The husky charged my neighbor and her dog when they were walking around the block.

• The husky stormed my property and charged (while growling) a friend who was making a cell phone call on my front porch.

• The husky charged a septuagenarian walker who tried to call it over and pet it.

• Finally, the husky chased a long-haired teenaged hippy as he was walking past the owner’s house. (Actually I thought this was kind of funny because, generally, I like dogs more than hippies as the latter bath less and usually smell worse).

Unfortunately, when I tried to talk to the owner about the dog’s aggression with other dogs and neighbors she replied flippantly saying: “That just doesn’t sound like my dog.” Of course, this dismissive reply is the fault of PETA and its view than dogs are inherently just as valuable as human beings.

My neighbor believes that her dog has a right to roam the neighborhood without a leash. As a result, people are afraid to walk in the neighborhood without being charged by her dog. This failure to place the dog on a lower level than the human is not as offensive as comparing the slaughter of chickens to the Nazi Holocaust but the intelligent reader certainly understands the connection.

Unfortunately, my PETA-philic neighbor has the same view of her tiny Shih Tzu. And, unfortunately, it likes to take a Shih Tzu on my lawn every morning around six a.m.

Finally, after a couple of years of scooping the little Shih Tzu’s daily Shih Tzus I spoke to the owner. She suggested that I had been using “a foot and a half” of “her lawn” for two years so I had no right to complain about her Shih Tzu’s Shih Tzus.


Mike Adams

Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of Letters to a Young Progressive: How To Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don't Understand.