Best Friends Animal Society and Oreo’s Law
June 29, 2010
I think Best Friends Animal Society is talking about Oreo’s Law here but calling it “Kellner/Duane” (“Oreo’s Law” is referenced in the first sentence). I’m not sure where they are coming up with the name “Kellner/Duane”. I follow Micah Kellner (sponsor of the bill) on Twitter and he calls it Oreo’s Law. At any rate, assuming I’m correct that they are talking about Oreo’s Law, I found many parts of the statement curious. For example:
The Hayden Bill in California is often cited as a shining example of shelter access legislation, but it does nothing to address these kinds of situations and they are more prevalent in California than proponents of the bill are either aware of or willing to admit. In the last 2 years alone Best Friends has been asked to intervene in 267 hoarding situations affecting over 19,000 animals. Of those, 49 have been in California, 7 more incidents than the next three states combined.
First off, CA is huge. They gots lots more of most things than other states. Color me unimpressed with the numbers magic there. Secondly, is BFAS saying that there have been 49 hoarding cases in CA in the last 2 years that were a direct result of the Hayden Act? If yes, please provide some documentation and names so we can all learn. If not, why mention the cases at all? Animal hoarders exist. We know. It sucks. But if these 49 cases are not situations where the hoarders got their animals by utilizing the Hayden Act, it’s extremely misleading to cite those cases here.
Read the entire statement and see if it seems clear to you. I remain somewhat puzzled.
I also recommend reading a personal take on the situation with BFAS and Oreo’s Law from a former BFAS employee on John Sibley’s blog. I am strongly in favor of Oreo’s Law (I wish it could be a federal law to be honest) and John speaks for me, and I suspect many others here:
I love Best Friends, and I am one of many. We want to see you succeed, and we want you to regain the moral compass that you once displayed so clearly. We, I, remain hopeful. I may be disappointed, but I still love Best Friends. We need you to step up right now and do the right thing. We need you to show the moral clarity that you started this journey with. We need your help.
It seems like Best Friends has done right by the animals in the past which is perhaps why their statements on Oreo’s Law seem confusing to me. Is there something more to the story – a bigger picture I’m missing? What do you think?