By Tom Mellana, editorial page editor, The Stamford Advocate/ Greenwich Time
Caught in trap, howling in fear and pain. How long can we tolerate this kind of depraved nonsense? Enough is enough.
In Stamford Advocate it’s: “End state-sanctioned animal cruelty”
End state-sanctioned animal cruelty
Editor’s Note: Please be sure to check the addendum with an alert and petition being circulated by leading activist for animals Natalie Jarnstedt to ban trapping in Connecticut, and across America. Petitions, endless petitions, are necessary in this country because, regrettably, politicians in a broken system such as ours rarely do the right thing, or the most obvious thing, unless people rise in indignation, get organized, and put loads on pressure on them. Such is the case now with trapping and related indefensible activities that “legally” brutalize animals.
As editor Tom Mellana says in this editorial, trapping has no place in modern life. What’s more, it’s simply unconscionable that a backward and brutish but well organized vocal minority should still dictate animal policy for the whole of society. Such a shame, such a moral insult, cannot go on unchallenged. Fact is, it’s high time that Americans measured up to their own self-flattering image as highly compassionate individuals (in my view still mostly undeserved) and got serious about erasing the most disgusting fixtures of everyday life in these United States. Trapping, many will say, is not the most pressing issue we face as a nation, true, perhaps, but kindness as social policy cannot be postponed or derided. At this point, with a society falling apart due to corruption, indifference, cultivated selfishness and cynicism, a minimum sense of decency requires it. To make kindness the law of the land will ennoble this country. We need it. What better argument is there to act?—PG Continue reading »
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