The News letter to the editor – II

Why poison stray dogs?

As an active volunteer with the Cowichan Valley for the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), I am appalled to hear of the mass poisonings of stray dogs in Karachi. Many of the animals suffer terribly from this cruel way of killing. Please consider alternative methods such as providing vaccines and quality shelters for stray animals.

It is difficult for civilised people to imagine the barbarity of poisoning animals. Worse than the pain and suffering is the chance that domestic animals and children can be affected by the poison.

I am sure that there are compassionate people in Pakistan who would not wish to see this cruelty continue. As a teacher, I feel it is important to educate children to be compassionate to others who are weaker and have no voice. This teaches children to respect other life forms. There is a definite correlation between those children who are cruel to animals and those adults who grow up to be serial killers, molesters and abusers. Saving these animals can be a positive lesson in kindness for youngsters.

Humanitarian Alice Walker commented, “The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites or women for men.” Cruelty is not entertaining. Please don’t support it.

Luree Dell-Bryan
Shawnigan Lake, Canada

Source: The News July 12, 2005 … wspost.htm

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