January 27, 2007
I read the interesting response of Fox Entertainment President Peter Ligouri to questions about the cruelty of the "American Idol" judges to contestants where he noted that "it's part of the show" and "viewers know what the show is about" ["Questions for the Man at Fox," by Martin Miller, Jan. 22]. Well, this viewer thought "American Idol" was about giving young talent their big chance to shine in front of a large audience. However, the show has evolved into calculated, deliberate exposure of pathetic publicity-seekers who should have been eliminated but instead are trotted out to be humiliated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1986
" . . . A rider grabs a small running bull by its tail and attempts to flip the animal over. Points are assigned for various maneuvers and the type of fall inflicted on the bull. . . ." Such went the wording of the article on "Charro--Thrills of South-of-the-Border Rodeo Come to San Diego" (April 14). I immediately thought of the injuries and fright of a bull pulled by its tail to flip it over. I was sickened. The Times did a disservice to its more civilized readers by depicting as "sport" and "entertainment" such primitive and barbaric acts of cruelty on terrified animals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1991
The letter from Darcy Sinise was heartbreaking. My heart goes out to her and her fiance at the tragic loss of their magnificent animal. Unfortunately, this is yet another incident of growing animal cruelty and human ignorance and stupidity. There is no excuse for it. To lose an animal that is so greatly loved is no different than losing a child. There are no words to ease the pain. I experienced a similar act of this low mentality last month when someone drove by and shot my cat in his own back yard.
August 14, 2012
Re "French gag on ban of foie gras in California," Aug. 11 The ban on foie gras in California is a bit comical and so very American in its hypocrisy. Yes, ducks and geese are force-fed grain to grow their livers, but foie gras is not an everyday American food. It is expensive and uncommon. I challenge the people who worked so hard to ban foie gras in California to visit the beef, chicken, pork, egg and milk "factories" in our state. Perhaps these activists should put their energy toward banning the incredibly inhumane treatment of these animals, which are consumed daily by most Americans.
March 23, 2008
I understand the frustration of people who witness this abuse, and Sarno is correct that the true facts need to be presented before any lynch mob can take their position. However, most of us are becoming more and more aware of the connection between animal abuse and human abuse. The FBI's Behavioral Science Unit trains students on the behavior of violent criminals, looking for particularly vicious or unusual behavior like animal mutilations. The unit offers its assistance to local law enforcement agencies.
February 4, 1993
A Pasadena woman awaits trial on charges of cruelty to animals after authorities seized 119 chickens, 17 ducks, eight rabbits and two turkeys kept in crowded, unclean cages from her home, according to a Humane Society official. Ann Miller of northwest Pasadena was arrested Jan. 19 for probation violations following her conviction in February, 1992, on eight counts of cruelty to animals in Municipal Court, said Steve McNall, executive director of the Pasadena Humane Society.