Absolutely nothing to do with me. Wonder who, though? Patrick, they've used your "Darwin's Nightmare" image.
Curious, I took a look.
It seems a PeTA clone (PeTA claims it is not them) is having a go at the Kennel Club and Crufts, comparing it to the British National Party.
Now, as anyone with a search engine knows, I am hardly a PeTA supporter. They are morons, direct mail con artists, and flim-flam operators of the first order.
That said, even a blind and brain-damaged pig can find an acorn of truth if they spend enough time in the woods.
I wrote back to Jemima:
They lifted the Darwin's Nightmare bit AND the picture of Nick Griffin wearing a rosette, AND the picture of the blonds with the Afghans.
My only complaint is that they missed actually getting in the real history of dogs and the Nazis and Leon F. Whitney.
If anyone asks, I would be glad to give an interview ;-) Might as well REALLY piss the KC off, as I know the history and it's not quite as pure as driven snow is it?
No, the KC did not make the Nazis (or vice versa), but it's the same roots to rotten thinking... and the same solutions in the end -- sterilization, gas chambers, and not a drop of foreign blood!
I thought that was the end of it, but just now I have been sent a link to a twitter post from Nick Griffin himself!
No, I am not making this up. Amazing!
You will notice two things right away -- the first being that Nick Griffin cannot read, and the second that he cannot write a simple sentence without engaging in race-baiting.
We know Nick Griffin cannot read, because the web site that seems to have his over-tight panties in a twist is actually NOT anti-pet ownership at all; it's pro-rescue and pound dog.
It's PRO-dog. It simply celebrates rescue and diversity.
And guess what?
So do I!
Am I an "animal liberationist"? Ha! Not exactly.
I not only eat meat and wear leather shoes, but I hunt with terriers (barbarian!), and I not only kill animals (troglodyte!), but I do it up close (sadist!) and personal (ectoplasm!) and I make no apologies for it (Visigoth!). Hell, I have even written a book to tell others how to hunt with terriers (propagandist!)
But, of course, when you have losing arguments you want to change the subject, and here too we find the Kennel Club, the AKC, and the British National Party have much in common.
Anyone who would dare point out the intellectual and even historical connections between these two must be "anti-pet" (and never mind if they own and rehome dogs), or "animal liberation nuts" (and never mind if they hunt for sport, and eat meat as well).
What's next? Perhaps someone would like to accuse me of homosexuality and necrophilia? I assure you it's all been done before, and I have to say my wife is much amused! Go ahead and visit the Captain Haddock insult generator. Say anything to change the subject, which is that the British National Party, the Ku Klux Klan, the Kennel Club, and the American Kennel Club all spring from the same intellectual roots.
Don't believe it?
Read my article in Dog's Today on the subject:
Today, most of the world has renounced the idea that people are better or worse based on skin color.
No thinking person salutes sterilization or infanticide as a way to improve the human race, nor do they honor the notion that we should have centralized control of breeding in order to achieve racial purity.
"Fitter family" contests have gone the way of the buggy whip. The "one drop of foreign blood" test of racial identity has faded into obscurity.
Even on our farms cattle, chickens and sheep are more likely to be hybrids than not.
Everywhere, except in the world of dogs.
In the world of dogs, The Kennel Club and the AKC still hold "breed purity" as the be-all and end-all of their existence.
Here coat color and texture still matter more than physical health or performance in the field.
If some of the puppies in your litter are not quite up to show quality, sterilization is the answer. A "spay-neuter contract” is the term of art in the Kennel Club.
Change "the standard" of some breeds to get rid of dapple or merle coats associated with congenital deafness?
Outcross to improve health?
Coat color matters. Breed purity matters. Sterilization and euthanasia are the solution.
And if anyone asks about the history of all this, express outrage.
The Kennel Club did not invade the Sudetenland!
For more information, visit my posts on The Eugenics Man and the Kennel Club and From Bassets to Auschwitz in 50 Years: What the Eugenics Movement Learned from Dog Breeders, and Vice Versa.
And for those who want a few cherrys on top, I offer this and this.
I have no idea who created this BNP-Crufts web site. Though I do think he or she should have added a bit about the true history that connects the Kennel Club and the eugenics movement (how about a link to the Dog's Today article?), I have to tip my hat to them for an excellent job of pure Black Belt Kung Fu public relations.
Now if only the Kennel Club's crack-shot incompetents will "pull a Barbara Streisand," this little campaign may yet go viral.
Let's put it on TV. Let's make Crufts, the Kennel Club, the AKC, and Westminster toxic brands.
And NO, while I had nothing to do with this web site (never talked or emailed with anyone about it ever and I have no idea who created it), I am more than willing to talk about how they got it exactly right if anyone wants to "teach the controversy" over at ABC or the BBC or in the print press.
May I suggest Kennel Club spokesperson Caroline Kisko as my opposite in a debate? She's perfect -- the right person in the right job, and no doubt it will help that her husband is a BNP member, so she can get her talking points right on that score too.