On Wendy’s, Cages and Killing
New Wendy’s Commercial
Woman: This salad is really good. Wanna bite?
Man: No thanks, I’m a meatatarian.
Woman: A what?
Man: A meatatarian–I only eat meat. You know, beef, bacon? Meatatarian? It’s a personal choice. You hafta commit, you know?
Nothing more American than mocking those with a conscience. Except maybe nominating a candidate for Vice President who tries to ban books from public libraries.
As for cages and killing, a couple of days ago, on "Should We Keep Pets," Dave commented:
IS being sentenced to prison for a crime one did not commit…while sleeping on a cold wet concrete floor…and turning around in circles all day…year after year…a HUMANE thing to do? Again, there are not many like that…but there are some. Those special cases are the ones I wish I knew what to do for…and had more room for… I wonder what others here think of "those" situations…
Is it better in that case to euthanize or let one live like that for years? Again, I’m not saying which I think is best…but it’s a question I’d love to see someone answer rationally and with the mind and heart of the DOG at stake…not one’s OWN position on it… based off of pure "theory"… one’s position with regard to the "life" that has to live that way day after day, year after year…
It’s very easy to advocate for no-kill shelters. But not all of them are optimal and some do indeed warehouse animals. Is it possible that with our concern over appearing pro-kill or anti-rights, we actually make choices for others that are inhumane?
Is this one of those Gray Matters? Is there some kind of formula you would use in your own mind to determine whether a physically healthy animal might be better off being killed? And do you then consider it "euthanasia," perhaps because the animals appears to be psychologically unhealthy so you are indeed putting her out of her misery? On the other hand, as anyone who has seen Behind the Mask or Britches (which I haven’t seen) knows, even Britches, who was tortured in the most unimaginable ways by vivisectionist David Warren was able to recover (certainly not completely, but the middle video on this page of the Britches site shows him post-rescue).
But the notion that animals "turning around in circles all day" shouldn’t be killed because they can recover and be adopted isn’t practical considering the number of animals in shelters who aren’t turning around in circles all day and aren’t being adopted. And sure, "practical" doesn’t have a place in "rights-based theory," but like Dave, that’s not what I’m asking.
I’m asking what is best–real time–for a dog or cat who has been in a cage for months and is profoundly depressed and without joy, stimulation or affection, according to you? Are you pro no-kill no matter what?