Scientology Attacks Cat Sanctuary Again (sby)
[02 Feb 1998]

And again I make my offer to Sea Org members: if you want to escape from the nightmare but have nowhere to go, call me. My number is 206-463-6809. Call me any time of the day or night.

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From: sby@eskimo.com (Stacy Young)
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Subject: Scientology Attacks Cat Sanctuary Again (sby)
Date: 2 Feb 1998 05:22:23 GMT
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Scientology is going after our cats again.

Last night we heard that David Lee was going door to door in our old
neighborhood in West Seattle. David Lee is the Scientology private
investigator who tried to have our cats confiscated and killed last fall.
Everyone on a.r.s. knows that Bob Minton saved the cats by providing a
sanctuary for them on Vashon Island. Now Scientology has escalated its
attack, accusing us of harboring cats with AIDS and spreading the rumor
that people are catching AIDS from our cats. (This is medically and
biologically impossible, but hey, Scientology has never been a stickler
for facts).

This morning I went to the mailbox and found the following anonymous
letter. Like the one they distributed in West Seattle, it purports to be
from a "concerned neighbor." (I will leave in all the typos, misspellings
and grammatical mistakes):

Dear Fellow Neighbors,

It has been brought to my attention that our new neighbors Vaughn and
Stacy Young are operating an illegal cat kennel out of their house. I
learned about this activity and the incredible number of cats from a
friend that is part of an animal organization located here on the island.
The number is hard to tally because of the deaths and births that occur
however, we estimate between 200-300 cats. They have 10 or more violations
for the exact same illegal actions in West Seattle. I contacted neighbors
at their old residence and each were greatly relieved to have this problem
located somewhere else. The neighbors in West Seattle finally had, had
enough. They neighbors banded together and contacted the proper
authorities and got rid of the problems. Now the problem is here, and we
must notify the authorities that the Youngs are harboring very sick cats
with communicable diseases here and we don't want this problem over on our
beautiful island. They claim they are rescueing cats but in fact they are
conducting illegal activities for the sake of selling cats for money to
live on. The Youngs don't have a kennel license or any sort of permit to
conduct this sort of illegal Catery. I would have liked to have been
contacted before these people moved in. The Youngs just decided that it's
Ok and we would not mind the diseases over here. I am a cat owner this is
why I am so concerned. Two to three cats is ok, but 200-300 diseased
infected animals is not acceptable in our peaceful neighborhood. By
contacting animal control and the Dept of Zoning this will eliminate our
problems.

Signed a Concerned Neighbor

Reference:

Robert and Stacy Young
19731 Vashon Island Hwy
Vashon island

end of letter

About 10 minutes after I picked up this letter, a representative of
Vashon's local animal rescue group arrived at our house. One of our
neighbors had given it to her and she was very concerned that someone is
spreading these lies about us. She knew they were lies because she (and
others) had already been to our house and met all of our beautiful cats
and knows they are given the best possible care in the world. She also
knows that we have nowhere near "200-300" cats and that the only births we
ever have here are from strays who arrive already pregnant, since any cat
that arrives at our sanctuary is always spayed or neutered.

Her main concern was that someone on the island was conducting this hate
campaign. We assured her that it is definitely coming from off the island
and gave her a full briefing about how Scientology harasses anyone who
tries to tell people the truth about them. We told her they attacked our
cats last fall because I was on "60 Minutes" talking about how
Scientology destroyed a group whose purpose was to educate people about
cults like Scientology, and because we have been helping on the Lisa
McPherson case in Florida. She was horrified that Scientology would try to
hurt innocent animals just to silence the truth and said she was going to
spread the word that Scientology is behind this attack on us. We said we
would be glad to provide her with copies of the "60 Minutes" tape as well
as "Public Eye," the Channel 4 show in England, several other upcoming
national shows about Scientology, and lots and lots of press articles
including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, St. Pete
Times, and many many others.

Vaughn went out to meet with our neighbors about the letter and found that
no one believes what the letter says, because it is anonymous and people
on Vashon don't believe anything written anonymously. Several made this
point, that they threw it away as soon as they saw it was anonymous.

Lee also hired some kids to hand out another sheet headlined "Public
Health Notice" in front of the two grocery stores in town this morning
until the store owners kicked them off the premises. Here is what the
notice said (again, I am replicating all typos, misspellings and
grammatical mistakes):

Public Health Notice

This is a public health warning informing all residents of Vashon Island
that Robert and Stacy Young are operating an illegal and diseased cat
kennel out of the residence that is located at 19731 Vashon Island Highway
behind the Dental office. We learned about this activity and the
outrageous number of cats from a person that is part of an animal
protection organization located here on our island. The number of cats is
hard to tally because of all the births and deaths from disease but we
estimate between 200-300 cats.

The cats are responsible for the spreading of Ring Worm and other
communicable diseases to humans which the Youngs are aware of. This is a
direct violation of Title 16 RCW Chapter 16.70. The Youngs are also in
violation of Title 70 Chapter 70.95 which is the improper handling of
Biomedical Waste.

The cats also carry the disease FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) which
is the also known as AIDS. If you have any animals on Vashon Island
especially cats you must get yourself and your pets tested by a
veterinarian or physician as soon as possible.

The Youngs have been cited with at least 10 violations while living at the
West Seattle residence for the same illegal actions. The Public Health and
Safety office found out that the West Seattle neighbors had banded
together and contacted the proper authorities to force the Youngs to
comply to the law, but the Youngs decided to move away and bring their
illegal and diseased cat kennel operation to Vashon Island. Now the
problem is here and we must notify the authorities.

The Youngs have no kennel license or any sort of permit to conduct this
sort of illegal and diseased cat kennel. They did not contact any of us,
they just decided to bring their problems over here. We all have cats and
other animals but 200-300 disease infected animals is not acceptable in
our peaceful neighborhood. By contacting the authorities we can eliminate
this problem.

Animal control: 386-4254
Zoning: 684-7899
Health Services: 296-4774
Hazardous Waste: 296-2712
Licenses: 296-2712
Land use permits: 296-6640

end of anonymous text

Again, representatives of Vashon's long-established pet protection
organization have visited our facility and know this is completely
scurrilous. They are fully supportive of our work.

First of all, ringworm is a very common skin fungus amongst homeless,
rescued cats and kittens. It is a fungus similar to athlete's foot. It is
not serious. Little kittens -- especially if they are stray kittens that
were born outside -- often have ringworm when they come into a shelter
because their immune systems aren't very strong yet. It is treatable with
shots, oral medication, a fungal shampoo and topical ointment. I have
found that putting them on extremely high quality, healthy food (which is
the kind we give our cats -- Precise is the name of it, both dry and wet)
is the best treatment of all because it strengthens their immune system.
Yes, humans can catch ringworm from a cat. Anyone who has ever worked at a
shelter can tell you that. I have had it myself. I treated it with topical
ointment and it went away. That was the end of that.

FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) has nothing whatsoever to do with
AIDS. There is an illness known as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, or FIV.
It affects the immune system of a cat similar to the way HIV affects the
immune system of a human. If a person is HIV positive it does not mean
they have AIDS. If a cat is FIV positive it does not mean anything more
than that their immune system has been weakened by this virus. We have
rescued cats who tested positive for FIV. It is transmitted between cats
in the same ways that HIV is transmitted between humans. FIV is not in any
way communicable to humans.

Now let me say something here.

I think Scientology thinks that this is going to frighten me so badly that
I will convince Vaughn we should stop helping people understand the true
nature of Scientology. They think this will get me to tell Vaughn that we
should stop talking to the media about Scientology; we should stop helping
Ken Dandar on the Lisa McPherson case; we should stop inviting former
Scientologists to our house. They think this will get me to stop talking
to people just coming out of Scientology who need help.

But Scientology is wrong. Dead wrong.

First of all Scientology needs to know that the population of Vashon
Island is disgusted and outraged at this unfounded, vicious attack on the
animals. This is a small island and many residents have already visited
our sanctuary and met our cats. They know that these allegations are
malicious lies, and soon everyone on the island will know that these lies
are coming from Scientology.

And since we all know that Scientology now equals David Miscavige, and
that DM has ordered this latest attack on us, let me speak directly to
you, DM. If you think this latest outrageous attack on innocent animals is
going to intimidate me or frighten me in any way you are dead wrong. You
are all such cowards that you have to pass out anonymous lies about me. If
you are telling the truth about me why don't you have the courage to sign
these letters? But you would never do that because it is a lie and you
don't want people to know that Scientology is behind this character
assassination. You want people to believe that you are there to help
people, that you want to make the world a better place. You don't want
anyone to know that you are vicious, amoral, ruthless and remorseless in
your determination to take over the world. You don't want anyone to know
that you will stop at nothing -- including threatening innocent animals --
to silence anyone who criticizes you.

But I am going to tell the truth about you far and wide, as broadly as I
possibly can. You are coming after Vaughn and me because I appeared on "60
Minutes," because Vaughn appeared on UK Channel 4 Secret Lives, because he
has been asked to testify about Scientology by the federal government in
Germany, because I offered sanctuary to Sea Org members with nowhere else
to go, and because you know that I know firsthand how Lisa McPherson was
killed by "standard tech." You're furious because Bob Minton had the
audacity to thwart your earlier attempt to silence us, and now you think
you're going to launch an attack on us so terrible that no one can save
us.

Well let me tell you something, DM. We worked together; you know me. And
you know what I think of you and your bully tactics. I saw you force staff
to stay up for three and four days at a time until they were nearly
delirious and then scream at them until they broke. I saw you gang-bang
sec check a staff member for hours, you and your two lieutenants screaming
accusations at him until he was shaking and sobbing hysterically. I saw
how you delighted in degrading people, like the time you punished a staff
member by forcing him to his knees and making him push a pencil all the
way down the hall with his nose. He was crying while you stood there
laughing at him. I couldn't do anything about your brutality when I was
your junior, but I can do something about it now. You've done a really
stupid thing, DM. You've gone too far with your attack on these
cats. You've made me see with crystal clarity that you cannot be allowed
to continue destroying people's lives like this, and I now assume full
responsibility for seeing that you are stopped. The more you attack our
cats, the more it will convince me that your true face must be exposed --
in the media, in the courts, in legislatures, in every country, all over
the world.

And again I make my offer to Sea Org members: if you want to escape from
the nightmare but have nowhere to go, call me. My number is 206-463-6809.
Call me any time of the day or night. You don't have to be afraid of DM
and his CMO thugs. There are many many people out here -- kind people --
who will help you. What DM and his people are telling you about us is
false. You have to trust me on that. But here is a promise: I'll let you
get some sleep, I won't scream obscenities at you, and I'll let you say
what you're really thinking without putting you in lower conditions or
sending you to the RPF. Then I'll help you get a life. I promise you that.
Please call me. 206-463-6809. Or e-mail me: sby@eskimo.com.

Stacy Young