That's GUTS

Voice Card  -  Volume 18  -  Drury Card Number 3  -  Tue, Jan 1, 1991 6:00 PM

This is a response to VC 17 Larry 3 ("Pet euthanasia")...


I was aware of the proposed ordinance, I was unaware of the public killings. It is very dramatic, isn't it. I'm not sure I agree with public executions, but apparently society needs such a visual impact. I guess words were not enough.

I agree with the ordinance. All breeding cats and dogs will need to be neutered within so many days of the violation and if the responsible party is indigent, the humane society will provide the service.

When 10 million healthy animals a year are murdered, it is irresponsible to continue to let them breed and multiply. This is true, even of purebred animals. The breeding of purebreds needs to be controlled also. Because of irresponsible or unknowing people, many purebred dog lines have terrible heritable defects (hip dysplasia, juvenile cataracts, some forms of cardiomyopathy, hemophiliacs - Von Willebrands disease, copper storage disease - affects 80% of all Bedlington terriers, epilepsy, and on and on). The defects keep veterinarians in the money, but too many dogs suffer for it.

Cats appear more resistant to genetic manipulations. All we seem to be able to change is their coat color, length, and texture. We don't seem to be able to make them larger or smaller or stunt their limbs (like dachshunds or bassets). We have "created" heritable spinal bifida (a defect were parts of the spinal column do not close-a painful and neurological impairment) in Manx cats.

Yes, I agree with the ordinance for dogs and cats. It will save lives and untold suffering.