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The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals may have a widely recognized acronym but there are things about this non-profit that may rattle your cage!


January 2010 | TheDogPress.com

Nel Liquorman, Investigative Reporter


NEL ON RECALLED, RECYCLED, COUNTERFEIT DOG FOODThe ASPCA is not your local SPCA. Although the names appear very similar, they are completely separate entities. Let's unscramble the acronyms.


The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) is not the AAPCC{1} although the acronym appears the same at first glance, nor is it the animal equivalent of the CDC{2} for the human population. The first is an association of centers and provides very little help or poison information.


The CDC has doctors, scientists, researchers and laboratory personnel. It is a government agency with facilities around the country. Experts can prove their findings, locate the poisons, and help to prevent the problem or disease from spreading.


The best national number to call in an emergency is 1-800-222-1222 which is the National Capitol Poison Control Center(3) It is a free service and the website has free information.


The ASPCA APCC keeps records of reported and diagnosed poisonings that occurred in animals. The records are created by way of the FOR A FEE phones calls to the APCC or, we assume, by affiliated vets furnishing info to APCC.


The ASPCA APCC appears to be little more than a phone line with a veterinarian on call and a database. Could the lack of diagnostics and research facilities amount to taking an educated guess? We must wonder if a high school kid, a computer, and the same database, could come up with the same answers.


You might be surprised to learn that the ASPCA sells products, appears to endorse some commercial products, sells pet insurance, and offers credit cards. Yet they do not seem to be spending money on research for animal poisonings or disease.


According to one of their websites, the ASPCA operates Bergh Animal Hospital and a shelter in New York City. Their hospital is highly rated and the work of the ASPCA has gotten a lot of good press on Animal Planet Animal Cops.


The ASPCA has a database of animal shelters which leads many people to believe that they support shelters around the country. However, if you read the small print, you will see a little disclaimer that states that the shelters listed are not accredited, inspected, endorsed by or affiliated with the ASPCA.


Looking an awful lot like a marketing group, the ASPCA may be misleading consumers while skirting laws meant to protect the public from misleading endorsement of products by a non-profit organization. Why would they be so willing to endorse products and so unwilling to endorse animal shelters? We must believe that money is the motivating factor.


How can this organization operate in both the profit and the non-profit arena at the same time? Has this ever been addressed by the Attorney General of the State of New York? The ASPCA boasts that their lobbyists are stationed around the country helping to get animal laws passed. If they are using a war chest of donated dollars to pass laws on people in other states, how do we define them? As a political machine perhaps?


Unless you are a vegan and want all animals set free, should you worry? Regarding meat, the ASPCA carefully states that it is a “personal and private determination” but the animal rights position reads loud and clear … “however, the ASPCA firmly believes that animals who are bred, raised and killed or harvested for human consumption, like all animals, are entitled to protection from distress and suffering during their lives and at the time of their deaths.”


Regarding breeders, the ASPCA states “Because there are homeless pets awaiting adoption in every community in the nation, the ASPCA strongly advocates that persons wishing to acquire a dog consider adopting one from a shelter or other source of homeless animals. Those who are committed to acquiring a specific breed of dog should contact their local chapter of the breed’s rescue group or locate a responsible breeder.”


If these few facts lead you to believe that ASPCA is a powerful anti-pet/anti-meat lobbying group, then you should worry.


Reasonable citizens need to call for changes in how non-profits are allowed to operate, and they need to do it now!



Reference and additional Information:

{1} American Association Of Poison Control Centers

{2} Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

{3} National Capitol Poison Control Center

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