Anger and disgust at sled dog slaughter
I can’t remember the last time a story has upset me as much as the one about man’s best friends – the 100 innocent husky dogs that had outlived their usefulness and were tortured and senselessly slaughtered last April.
I quite simply can not get that picture out of my head. I feel a lot of different emotions – anger, disgust and even shame that I belong to a species that would commit such a cruel monstrous act.
There have always been pathetic, weak monsters who will do anything for money, or just simply do whatever they are told just to keep a job, but the “I was just following orders” or “just doing my job” doesn’t work in this case. There simply is no excuse or reason for what was done to these beautiful innocent creatures.
Everyone from the top down involved with this heinous outrage should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, including heavy fines and jail time if possible. Getting rewarded by WorkSafeBC for having no sense of right or wrong is just plain wrong.
The laws should be changed so this kind of tragedy can never happen again. I can only hope that the monsters responsible for this nightmare are haunted for the rest of their lives by what they have done. I know for a fact it is going to be a quite a while to put this senseless tragedy out of my mind.
Wayne Clark, Maple Ridge
Lower category of life?
Regardless of being a solid “cat person,” I nonetheless lost my composure when I read the details of the slaughter of 100 domesticated sled dogs in Whistler.
There’s much rightful outrage at this viciously cruel act that will likely (hopefully) result in a truly befitting punishment for those responsible; however, such acts will very likely happen again, if not in B.C. or Canada, then somewhere else on this continent and/or planet. It’s in our fundamental mindset to place animals on a lower category of life than humanity.
While this travesty continues, the beautiful reality, as most loving pet owners already know, is that a healing, symbiotic-like relationship can exist between both the animal and its “host.” Indeed, petting a dog or cat, for example, acts as a soothing, health-improving massage to that animal; meanwhile, the loving contact can reduce the human host’s high blood pressure.
Such mutually beneficial couplings are nowhere near as prevalent as they really could and definitely should be.
As long as people abuse and slaughter fellow Earthly creatures, I’ll be ashamed to be a member of the often inhumane human race.
Frank G. Sterle, Jr.
Justice for animals – and unborn humans
I was born on a dairy farm where we learned about the love and respect for animals before we could walk.
I join all those who are upset with the people who mistreated their dogs and laid them down in an inhumane way. The question that arises in the Whistler case is why did they have such a large number in the first place?
When animals have to be put to sleep a veterinarian should be engaged who does it fast and in a practically painless way.
What puzzles me is that while we take thousands of babies out of their mothers’ tummies the majority of the public and media is silent about that. These babies have feelings too.
Yes, justice for our dogs and all animals. But we need also justice for our unborn little humans.
Steve De Jong