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.
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
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.
October 11, 2012 |
An Idaho dairy farm linked to Burger King, In-N-Out and other food companies has been accused by an animal rights group of “some of the most abusive treatment of animals” it had ever seen. Undercover video footage (warning: images may be disturbing) provided by Mercy For Animals shows employees at Bettencourt Dairies, which has more than 60,000 cows, stomping on and beating cattle, twisting their tails and using a tractor to drag one animal by its chained neck. The Murtaugh, Idaho, dairy works with cheese producers and suppliers, which in turn have deals with fast-food chains.
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.