Another issue, another Editorial… Plenty of news for you in this issue folks!
Amongst our main stories there’s the conclusion of the PETA employees trial. To be honest, I’m not that surprised at the verdict – the defence lawyers argued cleverly that although the two PETA operatives, Hinkle and Cook, had taken rescued animals with the implied ‘intent’ of rehoming them and then euthanised them, they hadn’t in fact been cruel about it.
They cuddled the animals beforehand and very often gave them a ‘last supper’. So that’s okay then, obviously.
So Hinkle and Cook were found guilty of the lesser charge of disposing of the animals’ bodies illegally in a dumpster containing human garbage… in other words, it was a trumped up littering charge.
This probably says more about the law than you’d ever need to know. Ironically, the judge handed down a sentence of community service to Hinkle and Cook (what a double act that sounds like eh? A bit like Bonnie and Clyde, and look at the truth about them!)… which means they’ll probably be emptying dumpsters. Let’s hope they don’t find anything illegal dumped in them, eh?
As someone once said, ‘Justice is what you get in the next world; in this one you get the Law’.
Our other ‘biggie’ story this issue is the Government’s possible overhaul of the UK’s rabies and quarantine laws. Now, I have to admit, I was a bit sceptical of the Pets Passport Scheme when it was rushed through in 2000, which stuck me as more for political expediency than a genuinely moral and ethical policy by the Labour Government.
There was lots of speculation at the time as to whether there were sufficient safeguards to ensure that any animal infected with rabies didn’t get to spread the disease. Well, seven years down the line (and it was exactly seven years earlier this month), the Pets Travel Scheme is a great success, has been extended to other countries and there have been no outbreaks of rabies in the UK, However, we’ve had BSE, Foot and Mouth and Bird Flu. But no Rabies.
So, the big question is, are we going to scrap the few remaining quarantine kennels that we have and allow total free passage of animals from anywhere in the world, even where rabies are endemic? Or will we retain quarantine for animals entering the UK from non-PETS Scheme countries but reduce the period of quarantine? (Six months was always an arbitrary figure anyway).
So – tell us what YOU think by dropping a line to Viewpoint.
Oh – last word: Some readers have asked if there are any further instalments of the excellent Daphne’s Big Cat Diary, penned by Daphne Butters about her trips to the Big Cat Rescue in Florida. Well, I’m pleased to tell you that there are more instalments and that the next one will be in the issue dated March 9th. Don’t miss it!
(Deep sigh…) The nearest I get to any big cats is my big white mog Milhaus or the latest episode of ‘Wild At Heart’…
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Elaine Smith’s British Tipped Kitten, TEMPLEGATES SHADOWFAX, won Best in Show at the Scottish Cat Club’s Golden Jubilee Show.
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