“Banning dissection: Where California goes, so goes the nation,” the latest article by Will Winograd, my son, in the Stanford Daily. A North Carolina pound kills a family dog after only 45 minutes in violation of law. An off duty police officers kills a young dog because he thought Parker was a “pit bull.” Is it ethical to keep pets? A sociologist says “No.” I say “Yes.” Animals in Maine will get their own lawyers to represent them in cruelty cases, if legislation introduced in the state becomes law. A mountain lion dies of poisoning at the hands of pseudo-environmentalists who have waged war on nature under a banner of biological xenophobia. And a Florida humane society claims to have achieved No Kill despite a placement rate for dogs below the national average.
In case you missed it:
- “I can’t replace her. Nothing can be done to make it right.” Harley (pictured here) got out of her yard and was taken to the local shelter when she was found by a Good Samaritan. State law mandates a 72 hour hold, a paltry amount as it is, but the family was there before that, within just a few hours. Tragically, Harley was already dead. Staff at the Randolph County, NC, pound killed her in only 45 minutes. When a local news reporter demanded answers, officials hung up the telephone. They should be fired.
- Parker, a 1-year-old boxer mix, never met a big stick he didn’t like. “Every time a big old stick would fall in the backyard, that was his favorite day ever,” said his person. But there will be no more sticks to chase. Parker was killed by an off-duty police officer who claimed he feared for his safety because he thought Parker was a “pit bull.” He shot him in the head. The officer will not face disciplinary action. This is what happens when we demonize dogs, fail to train officers, and fail to hold them accountable.
- Is it ethical to keep pets? A sociologist says “No.” I say “Yes.” Here’s six reasons why she’s wrong.
- Animals in Maine will get their own lawyers to represent them in cruelty cases, if legislation introduced in the state becomes law. In addition to the prosecutor for the state, the defense attorney for the perpetrator, “The animal advocates are an official party to the case. They can do investigative work prosecutors often don’t have time for, such as interviewing veterinarians and other witnesses. They also make arguments, write briefs and make [sentencing] recommendations to the judge.” Similar legislation in Connecticut shows that it works, with reports of stiffer penalties since the law’s enactment.
- A few weeks ago, National Park Service biologists in the Santa Monica Mountains tracked a mountain lion’s GPS collar after it sent out “a mortality signal.” They found the mountain lion, dubbed P-47, dead. He died from ingesting rodenticides. Who is responsible? People who (falsely) claim to be environmentalists and have embraced the pseudoscience of “Invasion Biology,” which has launched a never-ending war on nature. It’s time to reclaim the movement.
- The local Humane Society for Martin County, FL, announced that it had achieved a “major milestone” by becoming “an open-access, no-kill animal welfare organization.” There is no reason why it can’t be; millions of people live in such communities. But it isn’t. For one, 90% is not No Kill. Moreover, the community has not achieved 90% in earnest. The numbers for 2018 show a placement rate of only 86% for cats, 76% for dogs (below the national average), and 73% for rabbits and other animals. It’s time for groups like Best Friends to stop trying to deceive the public with such claims.
And finally, “Banning dissection: Where California goes, so goes the nation,” the latest article by Willoughby Winograd, my son, in the Stanford Daily. In it, he calls for a ban on dissection in California schools citing the rights of animals, existing humane alternatives, and a growing ethics movement among students. Animals deserve life, not death. And, he writes, students in “the twenty-first century require… twenty-first century solutions in line with our evolved moral values.”
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