Guest Editorials & Commentary

Guest Editorials & Commentary

NAIA provides this guest editorial section as a forum so that members of the public can share their experiences, stories and knowledge about animal and environmental issues and animal rights extremism and eco-terrorism. Please note that the information and opinions contained in guest editorials are the sole responsibility of their authors and may not represent the views of NAIA, its board or members.

Fairy Tales into Nightmares

By Kerrin Winter-Churchill | Published: 08/14/2014

The story of a little lost dog that should have had a fairy tale ending has instead, turned into a nightmare. Accounts of what exactly happened differ, but we do know that Piper, a champion Shetland Sheepdog went missing from her pet sitter's home in...


Life, What We Leave Behind

By Kerrin Winter-Churchill | Published: 08/4/2014

Have you heard the expression "today is the first day of the rest of your life"? I'm sure you have. Its a pretty famous line that begs the internal question "what I am doing with the life I have left?" An easy-enough question to blow off as we busy...


SUFFERING TO END SUFFERING THE HEROIC EFFORT TO ERADICATE THE NORTH AMERICAN SCREWWORM

By Dr. John Richard Schrock | Published: 03/25/2009

         It was a gruesome infection. From pioneer days until the mid-20th Century, the North American screwworm was a scourge of cattle. Any little cut from thorns, any open wound left from birthing, any eye infection that wept,...


BEING UNWILLING TO KILL FLIES ... IS INHUMANE

By Dr. John Richard Schrock | Published: 02/25/2009

Some public acceptance of a recent hissy fit by PETA and some other animal rights organizations over President Obama's swatting of a fly reveals a serious shortfall in recent American biology education. Across all animals, the fly Order Diptera...


A Life With Dogs

By Kerrin Winter-Churchill | Published: 07/1/2007

A LIFE WITH DOGS by Kerrin Winter-Churchill Wild Cherry Blossoms "What do you want to be when you grow up?" was the burning question in my childhood home and I didn't have a suitable answer. Frozen with fear, I would stare...


Winning at Westminster: A Family Tradition

By Kerrin Winter-Churchill | Published: 03/1/2007

Styles of hair, clothing, cars and even architecture change over time. But the dream of winning a small silver medallion engraved with the words, "Best of Breed, Westminster Kennel Club" remains constant regardless of the decade or...


Animal People - Down on the Farm

By Kerrin Winter-Churchill | Published: 02/11/2007

A cold, November rain washes over the barn, pelting the slate roof, splashing down into the muddy paddocks below. Welsh ponies in their thick "Winter woolies" seem impervious to the weather. They walk the fence line, searching out the last tendrils of...


A Passion to Survive: Story 1 Part III

By Kerrin Winter-Churchill | Published: 11/17/2006

All modern Boxers of American breeding can trace their bloodlines back to the immortal champion,  Bang Away of Sirrah Crest.  Ask around if anyone remembers "Bang Bang" and you'll end up with enough superlatives to form your own advertising...


A Passion to Survive: Story 1, Part II

By Kerrin Winter-Churchill | Published: 11/10/2006

Long known in America as “Mr. German Shepherd”, noted AKC judge, Ernest Loeb was born in Germany to a Jewish Rottweiler breeder in 1910.  As told to Gail Sprock, editor of the German Shepherd Review in an interview with Loeb, young Ernest...


A Passion to Survive - Story 1

By Kerrin Winter-Churchill | Published: 11/3/2006

Until the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers of New York City, Americans have lived – at least in our minds - in an insulated shell of peace and prosperity. Dog people especially, seem to be able to let world events pass by, as we pursue our dreams of...


Never Underestimate the Power of One

By Kerrin Winter-Churchill | Published: 07/4/2006

In American society where political correctness reigns supreme, the breeding and showing of purebred dogs is far too often looked down upon as archaic and vain.  Truth be told, most of the world's purebred dog detractors know very little about them...


Kerrin Winter-Churchill: An advocate for Purebred Dogs and their Breeders

By Kerrin Winter-Churchill | Published: 04/7/2006

Kerrin Winter-Churchill is a second generation dog breeder. By profession, she is a writer with a deep passion for history and a photographer with a specialty in purebred dogs and horses. Along with her husband Dale, she lives in the woods of Northern...


HUMAN RIGHTS THAT REALLY MATTER

By Niger Innis | Published: 01/25/2006

This Human Rights Day, let’s redress a violation that kills millions every year. by Niger Innis and Paul Driessen Human Rights Day (December 10) focuses on a myriad of “rights” that activists and commissions declare are...


WISHES AND HORSES FOR AFRICA

By Paul Driessen | Published: 01/28/2005

The lethal chasm between wind energy hype and reality Paul Driessen January 28, 2005 “I would promote wind for power, not damming more rivers,” says actor Ed Begley, Jr. It’s low-cost, renewable, inexhaustible , eco-friendly and emits...


ON THE ROAD TO PETA-VILLE

By Mikki Herman | Published: 01/27/2005

Mikki Herman January 27, 2005 As a new business owner, I thought my days would be full of organizing, stocking, bookkeeping. I saw myself accelerating through the learning curve and ending up, down the road, as an easygoing shopkeeper with a viable...


DOG LOVERS LOSE A GOOD FRIEND

By Al W. Stinson | Published: 12/25/2004

I am sorry to report that Dr. George Padgett passed away unexpectedly this week.  This is a tremendous lost to the purebred dog fancy and to me personally.  His cherubic personality and tremendous knowledge of genetics and genetic diseases of...


INVESTIGATION WARRANTED NAIA CONDEMNS SLAUGHTERHOUSE CRUELTY

By Staff | Published: 09/25/2004

On July 21, Pilgrim’s Pride, the nation’s second largest poultry processing company, fired 11 employees at a West Virginia poultry slaughterhouse for violations of the company’s animal welfare policies, including wanton acts of cruelty. The...


FLORIDA’S ANIMALS GET SPECIAL HELP IN WAKE OF HURRICANE CHARLEY

By Staff | Published: 09/25/2004

As with previous hurricanes, Charley left many of Florida's animals in the hands of fate. But because of the American Kennel Club, the Florida Association of Kennel Clubs (Diane Albers at the helm), the AKC Companion Animal Recovery (CAR), Purina and a...


NATIONWIDE REWARDS AKC CANINE GOOD CITIZENS AND THEIR OWNERS

By Staff | Published: 09/25/2004

NAIA salutes Nationwide Insurance for a ground-breaking initiative that rewards good dog behavior and responsible pet ownership with insurance. Nationwide now offers homeowners insurance to the owners of some previously prohibited breeds and mixed breeds...


THE USUAL SUSPECTS UNITE FOR ANTI-AKC RANT

By Staff | Published: 07/29/2004

Dr. Herm David has been bashing AKC for 20 years. Indeed, bashing AKC is his claim to fame. Today, with the help of a notorious animal rights group, David's recycled charges against AKC are back in play. David’s latest is a screed published on...


STRAY PET RELOCATION BRINGS RABIES TO MASSACHUSETTS

By Patti Strand | Published: 06/15/2004

For Immediate Release: June 1, 2004 For Information Contact Patti Strand naia@naiaonline.org 503-761-1139 STRAY PET RELOCATION BRINGS RABIES TO MASSACHUSETTS NAIA calls for tighter regulation of dog and cat imports   A rabid Puerto Rican...


THE AR MOB STRIKES AGAIN CALIFORNIA BUSINESSMAN UNDER SIEGE BY ANIMAL RIGHTS THUGS

By Staff | Published: 05/8/2004

In yet another episode of marshalling mob force against a single, isolated and unprepared target, animal rights extremists have zeroed in on Sonoma Foie Gras, a business engaged in the production of foie gras, and Sonoma Saveurs, a shop that specializes in...


JURY AFFIRMS PETA’S RIGHT TO PROFIT FROM DECEIT

By Patti Strand | Published: 04/9/2004

On January 29, 2004, justice stumbled: An upstanding veterinarian who had already lost his 20 year practice, his reputation and his livelihood, also lost his case against PETA, an animal rights group that uses decent, law abiding citizens as pawns in its...


IS THERE A MALIGNANCY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS EL PASO?

By Dr. Robert C. Speth | Published: 12/4/2003

December 2003: I believe there is a malignancy in the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) which could pose a serious danger to those who look to Universities as a bastion of knowledge and truth, distant from corrupt and reckless thought arising from willful...


SHIFTING DOGS ...... AND PERSPECTIVES

By Vicki DeGruy | Published: 12/2/2003

December 2003: Networking and transportation have always been a critical part of the rescue process, especially in low-population breeds and those without well-distributed foster homes. It's not unusual for a purebred dog in a Nebraska shelter to be...


CALIFORNIA ARSON FITS DOMESTIC TERRORIST PATTERN!

By Staff | Published: 01/25/2003

On August 1, 2003, Rodney Coronado, a convicted animal rights arsonist supported by PeTA, speaks in San Diego at Revolution Summer - the same day a $20 million San Diego apartment project goes up in flames! NAIA calls on the federal government [again] to...