Where do we draw the line between freedom and harassment?

Biden’s Puppy Breeder: "Never, Never, Never Again" Woman is vilified for selling a pedigreed pup to the Bidens.

By KAREN ARAIZA

Updated 2:48 PM EDT, Fri, Apr 10, 2009
Related Topics: Linda Brown

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The Bidens named their puppy Champ.

Fifteen minutes of fame turned into four months of bitter remorse for the Chester County woman who sold the Bidens their adorable little German shepherd puppy.

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Linda Brown’s been investigated, scorned and had her life threatened.

"I thought when Joe Biden bought a puppy from me, what an honor," Brown told the Daily Local News. "Out of millions of breeders in the country, in the world, he picked me."

That was December.

When the story got out, Brown faced backlash from pet lovers who thought the Bidens should have opted for a shelter over a breeder to find their new puppy.

PETA seized the moment as an opportunity to blame the killing of shelter animals on people who buy from breeders. The organization’s TV commercial, "Buy One, Get One Killed" ran in Delaware after the Biden puppy story made headlines.

Dog wardens from the state showed up at Brown’s Wolf Den kennel, repeatedly, for inspections.

"I was cited for a piece of kibble on the floor and five strands of dog hair. They took a picture of that, they walked around, snapped pictures and don’t tell you why," Brown told the newspaper.

She was found "not guilty" for each citation, but hiring a lawyer for the court hearings has cost her ,000 so far in legal fees.

Brown says she and Biden both received death threats from animal activists.
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"Never, never, never again," Brown said about selling a dog to anyone with a high profile.

Her advice to breeders who’ve called about the Obama’s puppy search: Don’t do it!

"It’s been horrific since December," she said.

I know why we have to allow this kind of behavior, the question is, how many of you feel this is over the top and harassing?

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7 Responses to “Where do we draw the line between freedom and harassment?”

  1. mic4588 says:

    The only people that take PETA seriously are its members. If you’re not a member but support them and their over the line tactics, then you probably haven’t joined them because deep down you know they are over the edge. Screw them. They’re using their own god given rights (Free Speech) To impede on others’ rights. Let’s start stripping them of their rights. Where in the Bible does it say that I cannot kill, eat or own the animal of my choosing? Where in the Constitution does it say I cannot own the animal of my choosing? I am all for conservation, and am an avid Catch and Release fisherman, but they cross the line.

  2. Buck Eye says:

    It is hard to believe we can be fooled by these *do gooders*

    Green Peace is the same way~~sometimes they go overboard
    and so do the ACLU and the HUMANE SOCIETY

    I guess we have to consider this country is full of *do gooders.*

  3. Agent Smith says:

    PETA kills 95% of the animals it saves.

    Are they too, run by one of Obama’s Czars?

  4. Boss H says:

    some people go way to far to make a political statement.
    That is why they are considered extremists.

  5. Often Imitated, NEVER Duplicated says:

    Draw the line at bill oreilly having his producers stalk people.

  6. Obamanable Faux Man says:

    PETA should be dismantled — along w/ the ALF…their tactics are appalling.

  7. What? says:

    The whole thing is ridiculous and harassment, when are people going to mind their own business and stop trying to make everyone’s decisions for them. So what if he bought the puppy from a breeder; it was his decision, people should seriously lay off the woman. I feel bad for her. And as for those who protest and harass her, they should get a life if that is their main concern in life right now. It’s all pathetic.

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