January 1, 2013
Re "Dogs will have their day in parade," Dec. 29 Have the dogs in combat, the elephants in circuses, the dolphins in aquariums or any other animal used for human purposes given their consent to participate in same? Ronna Siegel Van Nuys ALSO: Letters: Bulldozing a sanctuary Letters: Shoot-'em-up at schools? Letters: Afghanistan's female fliers
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.
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.
February 4, 2014 |
Looking back from the fragmented media landscape of 2014, it's hard to imagine someone like John Lurie was ever possible. An immediately recognizable character actor who appeared in landmark indie films including Jim Jarmusch's "Down by Law" and "Stranger Than Paradise," Lurie was also a brilliant saxophonist who helped push the boundaries of jazz in the '80s and '90s with his band, the Lounge Lizards. But Lurie was forced to give up music and acting after being stricken with advanced Lyme disease and has since switched to painting (his work has been exhibited numerous times and was collected in a 2007 book, "A Fine Example of Art")