To the Editor,
I wish to respond to county Commissioner David Edge’s comment regarding the “insane” idea of animals in air-cooled boxes mandated by the state’s Department of Agriculture. Failure of the county commissioners to adopt standards of humane treatment for animals and their welfare have made it necessary for the state’s intervention. When “local” government bodies fail on important issues of the people, then it is necessary for big brother oversight.
Furthermore, the lack of an Animal Control ordinance and the position an animal cruelty officer is offensive. It is neither wise or prudent to blame state government policies for the failures of local government. I suggest that the county commissioners measure the cost of Animal Control by the number of calls placed to state’s DOT to clean up animal carcasses from county highways. I should know. I make many of these calls.
As Arthur Schopenhauer said, “The assumption that animals are without rights, and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance, is a positively outrageous example of crudity and barbarity… .”