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Animal Activists Chain Themselves To Raise Awareness

Discussion in 'Dog Ordinances & Laws' started by fearlessknight, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. fearlessknight

    fearlessknight Good Dog

    [​IMG] [​IMG] You've heard the saying before: “You don't know what someone else is going through until you've spent a day in their shoes.” Well, in a sense, that's what some Lowcountry animal rights activists did Tuesday by chaining themselves to dog houses. If you're passionate enough about a cause, putting your pride aside to gain another believer is a pretty fair trade. “People look at us like, “What in the world are you doing?" Kim Bonturi with Chain-free Beaufort said. "I cannot even imagine what these dogs go through when they live like this,” Jae Horn-Gerber of Hilton Head said. Anchored down by chains and tethers, they're as free-spirited as they come. "We choose to have a dog, they don't choose who they get to live with. A lot of times they're forgotten about. They live their whole entire lives on a chain,” Bonturi said. It's an act that's ultimately linked these people together, giving them strength to work toward tougher laws against chaining dogs while using funds to educate and assist. And by chaining themselves for just eight hours, they hope the looks and stares have a lot of minds turning and wondering if any of it makes sense. Chain-free Beaufort was formed after Beaufort County Council nixed the idea of an anti-chain or tethering law. The group attends local festivals and events to gain signatures for a petition against dog chaining.

    Lakeview dog protester chains self to building LAKEVIEW - Picket signs and marches were not enough for one Morley resident's 13-hour protest. So Liesza Vera, 33, chained herself to Lakeside Autobody in Lakeview for eight hours Sunday and five hours Monday to protest neglected, chained-up dogs. "It put into perspective how lonely and frustrating it is for these dogs," she said. While Vera took a couple of short breaks, she primarily sat on a blanket on the concrete tethered by a collar around her neck during the protest, which she publicized in advance. Vera also chatted with passers-by, wrote in a journal and counted 186 links on her chain. "Drive down any back road in the county and you'll see dogs chained with no food and no water," she said. "They're often neglected and starving, and something has to be done about it." Vera, who owns three dogs, said she understands keeping animals tied up for short periods of time. "What I'm against is when they are forced to live their whole lives there," she said. "I'm looking to raise awareness to the plight of dogs living life on chains. It's wrong for a social animal to be kept in solitary confinement like that." Vera said chained dogs may be territorial and unsocialized so they're more apt to bite people who come near them. She said she was inspired by Dogs Deserve Better, a Tipton, Pa.-based nonprofit organization that promotes laws banning chained dogs. "It's an awareness campaign," Tammy Grimes, Dogs Deserve Better founder said from the company's headquarters. "Our goal is to get people to understand that (chaining) is an inadequate way to care of their dogs." Grimes chained herself up six years ago and the protests since have spread to more than 100 imitators such as Vera this year. Grimes recently participated in a Chicago-based protest herself and said it is important to show people other options available for dogs, such as erecting outside fences. "The best thing to do is to make the dogs a part of the family," Grimes said. Vera is considering becoming an area representative for Dogs Deserve Better, taking telephone calls from people who see dogs tied up and making home visits to discuss options with the pet owners. She said she plans to continue protesting and fundraising efforts during Greenville's Danish Festival next month. "Through this awareness we're looking for legislation," Vera said. "We need to start somewhere. Other states have anti-tethering laws." California, Connecticut, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia have statewide laws that bar tying up dogs. In Michigan, Battle Creek enacted an anti-tethering law in 2002. While some people pointed and laughed at Vera as they passed by, she said many picked up brochures and donated to Dogs Deserve Better. "Dogs are very intelligent and social animals that have feelings," said Vera. "To keep them isolated is a poor tribute to man's best friend."

  2. CoolHandJean

    CoolHandJean Krypto Super Dog

    I hope they stay chained. Can we muzzle them as well?

    "Our goal is to get people to understand that (chaining) is an inadequate way to care of their dogs."

    Actually, it's a very adequate way to care for your dog if it is done correctly.

    Anchored down by chains and tethers, they're as free-spirited as they come. "We choose to have a dog, they don't choose who they get to live with. A lot of times they're forgotten about. They live their whole entire lives on a chain,” Bonturi said.

    How does it help their "free-spirit" to live in a pen outside or in a tiny kennel in the house while their owner is gone? Do they never get forgotten when they are in a pen or even when they are inside?

    "Drive down any back road in the county and you'll see dogs chained with no food and no water," she said. "They're often neglected and starving, and something has to be done about it."

    I agree something needs to be done, but that something isn't making tethering illegal. It's going after the Neglectful owners. If chaining is illegal, those people will just continue to chain, or get a pen and forget to give the dog food or water. Or even worse, just let the dog run free.
  3. fearlessknight

    fearlessknight Good Dog

    LMAO @ muzzling them!
  4. Rai_77

    Rai_77 Good Dog

    You know, if they really wanted to do things from the dog's perspective, they would have been NAKED!

    What a half-ass protest!
  5. JoeBingo

    JoeBingo Banned

  6. CoolHandJean

    CoolHandJean Krypto Super Dog


    No reason to make the whole world suffer...

    Though I bet they would be hairy enough.
  7. XXX

    XXX Good Dog

    They ought to be chained and drug behind a truck down a long gravel road... I can't stand these freaking hippie ass tree hugging F***ers
  8. Boogieman

    Boogieman Guest

    Yeah and they got a cooler and a blanket to sit on.........now we're down to 1/4 assed protest!
  9. bahamutt99

    bahamutt99 Stealth ninja

    Maybe I should offer to help make their protest more realistic. I wouldn't mind tying their asses to trees out on my property. Out in the sticks, where nobody would see. Oh yeah, and if they make noise, I'm spraying them with the hose.
  10. fearlessknight

    fearlessknight Good Dog

    I just do not understand how they can justify this as a human and a dog are not the same. Not even close. I mean we were raised to appreciate the finer things in life. For a dog, the chain is the finer things in life (most of the time) not a freaking sofa and AC with cable TV.
    IMO, their point is pretty lame and irrelevant. It makes no sense at all, and if I ever saw one of them doing anything like this, I would tell them and point out to them how utterly STUPID this comparison really is. They would look and feel about as stupid as they possibly could when I was done.
  11. tat2stuff

    tat2stuff Good Dog


    f@#*ing dumb ass...that leash is way to thin to contain her fat ass :no2:
  12. screamin'eagle

    screamin'eagle Good Dog

  13. fearlessknight

    fearlessknight Good Dog

    The funny part about it all....TO ME ANYWAYS....

    She "looks" like she is loving the attention....anyone notice? Like she is "cool" for doing this. LMAO!
  14. Galadriel

    Galadriel Good Dog

    BAH! She's built like an American Bully, anyway. I doubt she has the strength, drive, or tenacity to break a piece of wet noodle.
  15. XXX

    XXX Good Dog

    love the sign... dogs deserve better... let me see.. being safely confined, sheltered, fed, and watered... thats about all my chained out dogs get.. they deserve what the fuck I give them... they're dogs!
  16. Pennsooner

    Pennsooner Little Dog

    We should take a page from their book, and be prepared in cases where our rights are being threatened to use NON VIOLENT civil disobedience. It works and works well. But youve got to be brave and tough to do it. Sit-ins, hunger strikes, things like that WORK, if people can stick to their guns and do them right.
  17. gonloco

    gonloco Little Dog

    I wonder who's gotta scoop shit in that yard? What a bunch of curs...
  18. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

    you crack me up:D
  19. gonloco

    gonloco Little Dog

    I'm goin with Olde English Bulldogge - Did you notice the underbite?
  20. Chiapit

    Chiapit Big Dog


    Actually she IS smiling...guess she's PROVING chains aren't bad...she seems to be enjoying herself...:rolleyes:

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