February 19, 2013
Re "School murder plot allegation stuns a small town," Feb. 15 Almost as disturbing as the murder plot allegation against two Washington fifth-graders is the level of ignorance revealed by prosecuting attorney Timothy Rasmussen's comments about children lighting cats on fire being just one of those "things that children do. " Torturing animals is not normal childhood behavior. It is a symptom of a severe psychological disturbance that must be addressed to prevent the child's violence from continuing and being transferred to human victims.
May 20, 2013 |
The massive tornado that tore through populated, urban areas in Oklahoma on Monday mostly skirted the state's livestock-rich areas, sparing many cattle auction sites, feedlots, ranches and farms. Still, some animals were lost in the storm. “As big and as long as it was, I'm certain that there will be some ranches affected,” said Jim Reese, the Oklahoma secretary of agriculture, adding the state was establishing shelters for pets and large animals. PHOTOS: Tornadoes hit Oklahoma Reese said the Oklahoma City area is home to smaller ranches that were hit, as well as the Orr Family Farm with 150 horses.The tornado, which struck the Oklahoma City area around 3 p.m., stayed on the ground for 40 minutes , leveling businesses, reducing houses to splinters and destroying two elementary schools.
January 13, 2013
Re "Progress paved by prize money," Column One, Jan. 11 Although I applaud Gary Michelson's efforts to curb the unwanted pet population through a sterilization drug that has yet to be invented, I couldn't help but wonder if that money would be better spent in fighting for legislation to end animal testing and the torture of dogs in medical schools and by pharmaceutical companies. Though both these scenarios are truly unsettling, it is more humane for an animal to be euthanized at a local shelter than to be slowly mutilated over 13 weeks with no pain relief for science's sake, as described in the article.
April 5, 2012
EVENTS If your little Mr. Kittenpants has been acting up and you're worried about the fate of his eternal soul, you can get him absolved and redeemed at the annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony on Olvera Street. This popular event will feature a menagerie of animals lined up to be blessed in the name of St. Francis, their patron. Olvera Street, Downtown L.A. noon Sat. Free. olvera-street.com.
December 30, 2012
December may turn out to be the first month that the shelter system run by the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services did not euthanize any treatable or healthy animals in its care. That is an extraordinary landmark in the world of animal welfare. Achieving "no-kill" status is the moral ambition of any animal shelter obligated to accept whatever is surrendered at its door or picked up off the streets. Although no-kill almost never means every animal taken in gets out alive - the hopelessly ill and dangerously aggressive are put down - it demonstrates genuine commitment in a nation where 3 million to 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters each year.
May 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Climate change could lead to the widespread loss of common plants and animals around the world, according to a new study released Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change. The study's authors looked at 50,000 common species. They found that more than half the plants and about a third of the animals could lose about 50% of their range by 2080 if the world continues its current course of rising greenhouse gas emissions. Climate change affects the availability of nutrition and water for animals and plants.