Wednesday, July 09, 2008

World's Dumbest Protest

So, we've got a protest on Monument Circle this afternoon. A bunch of people are protesting against the idea of people breeding dogs for profit. The general concept is that the wholesale eugenics happening in the professional dog-breeding world produces unhealthy dogs in miserable conditions. They're right, of course. But it's an extremely minor issue. Really. I can't imagine someone looking at tax issues, police corruption, political corruption, the shaky economy, the ongoing occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, declining air and water quality, gas prices, urban blight, suburban sprawl, Indy's lack of efficient public transit, and the rest of the heaping mountain of problems facing us as a city and nation, and decide that we most urgently need to address the conditions in dog breeders' kennels. It somewhat boggles my mind.

On the other hand, it fits nicely with the maxim, "Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win". Because it is an issue, but it's an extremely safe issue. Protesting against dog breeders won't land you on a no-fly list. You won't be threatened with arrest or have your phone tapped. Teamsters won't trash your car. You can protest and raise awareness, and it only costs you time, with no risk to your peace of mind or safety. It reminds me of the old joke: why are animal-rights activists more concerned about fur than leather? Because it's safer to throw paint on old ladies than motorcycle gangs....

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