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Animal rights zealots shouldn't be able to take your property

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Friday, July 6, 2018

The following is from the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not violated.”

A letter to the editor published in your paper on June 28 stated that “animal control needs the authority to go onto someone’s property” without a warrant. These animal zealots put animals above the constitution. I am not a lawyer but can read and I can read the constitution.

When these zealots started in on Gates County’s ordinance, that is one thing I wanted to know: What are our constitutional rights against searches and seizures? I spoke with a person who had nearly 50 years of experience in law enforcement and someone else with 30 years experience as a lawyer, and they both agreed that the constitution does limit what authorities can do on your property without a warrant. The point here should be very clear to you that the animal rights zealots care little, if anything, about your rights. Here’s a fact: local government cannot write an ordinance in violation of the constitution. The point is your dog is your property and your property should be protected from unreasonable searches and seizures. 

This ordinance being considered in Pasquotank County is not about animal welfare. It’s a way for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and its zealous, blind followers to get their foot in the door to control hunting and meat production. This is the same group of people that would deny me the right to adopt the dog and give it a good home but has rules that allow it to kill the animal.

You be the judge. If these people really cared about the welfare of an animal, would not they let a person adopt a dog and let it play in a fenced-in yard rather than kill it? These zealots claim to be speaking for the animals. But if you were a dog, which would you want? To go live with a person who lets you run around in the backyard with a big maple tree for shade, feeds you when you are hungry, and rubs your ears? Or to be put to death at the animal shelter?

One fact you also need to know: In the last 13 years, PETA has killed 32,744 companion animals. 

Earl Rountree

Sunbury

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