HSUS latest weapon of mass destruction: its network of snitches.
Drop a dime. Claim the $5000 bounty HSUS offers on dogfighters. Kill a few dogs.
All in a day's work for self-appointed, untrained, unqualified vigilantes inspired by the Humane Society of the United States and its propaganda urging neighbors to rat out neighbors.
Tinkering with probable cause.
According to HSUS' fake dogfighting expert, John Goodwin, the sight of a couple of dogs responsibly and humanely tethered on private property is enough to trigger an accusation of criminal --felonious -- activity. People should call police if they see several pit bulls kept on chains in someone's yard, [Goodwin] said. That could be a sign that a dog-fighting ring is working in the area.
Goodwin turns dog owners into felons
Goodwin doesn't mention it, of course, but no lawful search of private property can be conducted without "probable cause" -- a reasonable belief that a person has committed a crime. A search warrant requires probable cause.
Under the law, there can be no fishing expeditions. No searches because John Goodwin says a couple of dogs in someone's backyard is a bad thing. Not yet, at least.
But Goodwin's Army of Snitches doesn't know, and won't care, about the law. They have been indoctrinated with the belief that the mere presence of several tethered pit bulls means a crime has been committed.
HSUS uses snitches to subvert the U. S. Constitution
By building a case for making the simple ownership of more than one pit bull prima facie evidence of dogfighting, Goodwin begins the process of dismantling the civil rights of all dog owners.
The Fourth Amendment protects U. S. citizens from unreasonable search and seizure.
Even U. S. citizens that own pit bulls have civil rights.
Its kind of like Goodwin's continued fixation with New York being the "dogfight capital of the world."
The idea that a couple of "pit bulls" tethered in someone's backyard means that they are dogfighters is bullshit.
But its scary, too.
V is for vendetta
People phone in complaints about each other's dogs because they're mad at each other.
Because someone had a loud party.
Or doesn't mow the lawn.
Or hasn't paid the rent.
How many dogs will die because of
vendettas tips from concerned citizens ? How many dog owners will be wrongfully convicted ?
John Goodwin wants pit bulls deadWhat the hell does "dogs bred from lines that have been trained to fight" mean?
While many pit bulls can make good and safe pets, dogs bred from lines that have been trained to fight can be aggressive, he said. It's very difficult and costly to rehabilitate a dog once it's been taught to be aggressive, Goodwin said. Most frequently, the dogs need to be put down.
Goodwin's Army of Snitches -- deployed against everyday dogs and dog owners -- won't sweat the details. They've been incentivized. They are on a mission. And the Humane Society of the United States is at the controls.
It ain't necessarily so if it comes from the Humane Society of the United States
Hint for journalism students: take those HSUS press releases for what they're worth. Jack shit.
Goodwin, HSUS's "issues expert" on dogfighting has just one mission: get HSUS propaganda in front of the public. That's what he's paid to do, and that's what he does. All day, everyday.
Nothing but propaganda from the Humane Society of the United States
The media had better wise up and start checking the "facts" HSUS and their "Issues Expert" John Goodwin feeds them. This could get embarassing.
Take the pickle Metro -- which styles itself as the "world's largest global newspaper" now finds itself in. Metro, a long, long way from the Wall Street Journal and a publication whose finances are shaky at best, got royally snookered by Goodwin and HSUS earlier this week. Or maybe it was a simple cash transaction -- money paid out by HSUS for media placement in a financially-stressed, third rate publication? To quote Metro's story on how New York is the "capital of dogfighting"--
"For 30 years, the Sporting Dog Journal, the central organ of the dog-fighting world, came out of New York. “It had 6,000 subscribers and ran 120 pages a month, with several hundred detailed fight reports,” Goodwin said."
Metro reports old "news" like it happened yesterday
Get a clue, Metro. The publisher of the Sporting Dog Journal was busted five years ago on dogfight-related charges. Back in 2003.
Friccione went to prison. Despite the "weak" laws in New York.
Expertise from books
The Metro article then passes on Goodwin's titillating rendition of what an organized dogfight entails. But don't mistake his description for expertise. You can get the same thing from one of Richard Stratton's books -- available via Amazon.com -- if you're really in to that kind of stuff. Did Goodwin get his "expert knowledge" from a book?
I think the facination with gruesome dogfight material in some circles -- particularly some "rescue" groups -- is similar to porn addiction. Some people get their rocks off in the sickest ways.
Which makes publications like "Metro" -- and John Goodwin -- panderers.
Just make shit up: "NY is the dogfight capital of the country" ?
Not according to the ASPCA, its not. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which is charged with animal cruelty law -- including laws against dogfighting --enforcement in New York City says. . .
"Organized dog fighting in New York City does not appear to be prevalent, and the ASPCA rarely sees arrests for such activity."
Fake "dogfight crisis" based on no information
The ASPCA also comments that. . .
"Currently, there are no reliable statistics [that address the prevalence of dog fighting state -by-state]. This is an underground, illegal activity so it is almost impossible to get accurate information about its prevalence."
So other than its own press release, what kind of information did HSUS and Goodwin base themselves on? Huh?
Imagine of CNN got wind of all of this. How humiliating for Metro.
Controlling the news: HSUS's bevy of friendly bloggers
Patrick Kwan, HSUS's New York State Director, emailed the Metro story link out to his list of friendly bloggers. And they dutifully put the story out there.
Hey, in a world where a lot of people can't distinguish between a blog and a news article, why not?
Another internet "truth" successfully created.
John Goodwn is an expert. An expert liar.
Unless you want to dance to a tune piped out by convicted terrorist, employed by an animal extremist organization which despite all its propaganda does not operate a single animal shelter, check the facts before you believe a word of what John Goodwin says.You're in for a big surprise.
Here's John Goodwin, the Humane Society of the United States' "nationally recognized expert" on animal fighting.
HSUS says Goodwin is an expert.
HSUS says Goodwin has been "active in the field of animal protection since 1989".
HSUS is lying about John Goodwin
". . .one of the most active extremist elements in the United States."
Goodwin himself stated "my goal is the abolition of all animal agriculture."
From dairy farms to Thanksgiving turkeys. . .its all got to go according to John Goodwin.
Active in the field of animal protection? The guy's on the fringes of the already extreme animal rights movement, and a convicted criminal.
Goodwin's lengthy police record
Activist Cash details Goodwin's long history of arrests and convictions:
He was arrested and convicted for being the ringleader of a crew that vandalized fur retailers in multiple states during the 1990s. The animal-rights watchdog newspaper Animal People News profiled Goodwin in 2000, noting that he “gleefully announced a string of Animal Liberation Front mink releases and arsons against furriers and fur farms” while a “spokesman” for the underground terrorist group.
Goodwin also handled the media after a Petaluma, California, slaughterhouse arson in February 1997. But he really shocked the public with his comments on the March 1997 arson at a farmer’s feed co-op in Utah. Referring to a fire that caused almost $1 million in damage and could easily have killed a family sleeping on the premises, Goodwin told the Deseret News, “We’re ecstatic."
HSUS tried to clean up his history--virtually re-inventing Goodwin's background--but the fact is that HSUS's dogfighting czar is a convicted terrorist. Someone with strong ties to the most violent and irresponsible elements in the animal extremist movement.
Gee. Thanks, HSUS.