Discussing Questions And Answers About Aspca

Carol asks…

What’s the process of volunteering at the ASPCA?

What do I have to do, and what do you do there if we do go? What is the volunteer’s special privilages?


Jimmy answers:

Are you a member?

Here is a link to their website:


You cantact them and they will steer you in the right direction

Richard asks…

Should I call the ASPCA on my friend?

She keeps her fish in a bowl.
She also keeps it in water! That is a drowning hazard!

Jimmy answers:

No! Fish can live in bowls they can live up to a few years

Betty asks…

What’s the difference between these animals rights groups? PETA, ASPCA, Humane Society?

I know what the acronyms are (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).

But really, what is the difference between the three? It’s tough to tell from the websites what exactly their goals are regarding animals and how they aim to achieve them.

Jimmy answers:

Peta and HSUS are both animal rights groups while ASPCA is an animal welfare group..

The difference between rights and welfare is that animal rights groups/supporters believe that animals have the right not to be eaten or used as a food source for humans or even pet animals. The long term goal of animal rights groups is to gradually eliminate pet animals through 100% sterilization and banning of animals that cannot be sterilized. While PETA does not state that directly, they state enough around that where you can figure it out if you’re capable of reason. PETA gets a lot more support now then they ever have because they’re being a lot more careful about how they word things. Most of the higher-ups at PETA and HSUS don’t even have pets as they do not believe that pets and animals share any bond other then that of a slave/master relationship..
Animal welfare on the other hand, believes that the choice to eat animals should be a personal one. While they believe there is a need for factory farm reform, they do not believe in banning practices that make it impossible to raise meat. For instance, PETA is trying to put 100% bans on farrowing crates for hogs and a ban on debeaking/battery cages for hens. A 100% farrowing crate ban means that sows deliver their babies without anyway for the young to avoid being crushed by the large sow. There’s almost a 50% loss rate in young piglets born to mom’s not in a farrowing crate. That means it’s no longer cost effective to raise pork and the farmers go out of business. Florida for instance has a total farrowing crate ban and most pork businesses there just killed off their sows and closed up or moved. Battery cages are definitely not the best choice for hens, but, when you house hens together instead of a battery cage set-up, then you have to be able to do some beak trimming/ debeaking or the birds will kill each other. Chickens are very cannibalistic. They will kill another hen out of boredom. Rather then all out bans, there should have just been time limits placed on how long a sow could be in a farrowing crate. If they’re going to ban battery cages, then they have to allow beak trimming or raising animals for food will be impossible. PETA wants people to vote for things like that without researching to understand that banning farrowing crates IS banning pork.
PETA mostly targets farming, fur and medical labs while HSUS targets pet owners. HSUS has tried multiple times to completely ban ALL pet reptiles. For HSUS, that would only be the first step. PETA supports legislation that bans pit bulls, supposedly to protect pit bulls. If pit bulls were gone, then another breed of dog would be at risk from dog fighters and PETA would use that to ban another breed.
The ASPCA site is wonderful for seeing their stance on everything.. Here’s the part of their site that deals with that..


You can click on any topic and get their exact stance in clear language in about a paragraph..
Here’s PETA’s stance on pets..


“We at PETA very much love the animal companions who share our homes, but we believe that it would have been in the animals’ best interests if the institution of “pet keeping”—i.e., breeding animals to be kept and regarded as “pets”—never existed.”


“In a perfect world, animals would be free to live their lives to the fullest, raising their young and following their natural instincts in their native environments. Domesticated dogs and cats, however, cannot live “free” in our concrete jungles, so we are responsible for their care. People with the time, money, love, and patience to make a lifetime commitment to an animal can make an enormous difference by adopting an animal from a shelter or rescuing an animal from a perilous

Here’s their stance on vegetarianism versus the ASPCA’s stance..


““Why do you try to force vegetarianism on others? Isn’t it a personal choice?”
From a moral standpoint, actions that harm others are not matters of personal choice. ”
In other words, PETA is all for banning the choice to eat meat..


““It’s fine for you to believe in animal rights, but why do you try to tell other people what to do?”
Everybody is entitled to his or her own opinion, but freedom of thought is not the same thing as freedom of action. You are free to believe whatever you want as long as you don’t hurt others. You may believe that animals should be killed, that black people should be enslaved, or that women should be beaten, but you don’t always have the right to put your beliefs into practice.”

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