I have to admit that I am a bit shocked by the comments and emails that are coming in about the case of the 2 kittens who were drowned by Susan Keizer in Windsor Nova Scotia when they were 2 days old simply because their mother was a stray cat who had the bad luck of spending some time on Ms. Keizer's property.
Everyone brings their own life experiences to every story - and everyone has their own story's to tell about stray or feral cats in their neighbourhoods and back yards - and there's no doubt that there's a problem everywhere with them - but that doesn't give anyone the right to kill even one of them inhumanely.
What if the person who killed the dog last week by hanging them with the extension cord were to come forward and say that they did it because it was a stray dog that had been coming on their property and causing problems - they'd called the SPCA and the Pound and no one was giving them any headway - so they did the only thing they could think of - hanging the dog. They couldn't afford to take it to a vet because they were on welfare, they couldn't afford to keep the dog - so what else could they do?
Would that change the way you felt about the story? Yes? No? Does it make a difference because it's a dog instead of a cat? Why? Who are you to say that the dog suffered more by strangulation than a kitten by drowning? Have you ever been a dog who's been strangled or a cat who's been drowned? How do you know the difference in levels of suffering?
So maybe now you will start to think about how you were thinking that it really wasn't this poor woman's fault that she was forced into this situation. No one forces anyone to do anything. That is a ridiculous assumption for anyone to make.
Just because there is a shortage of facilities in our province currently to deal with stray and feral cats does not mean that we should be allowed to abuse those animals and kill them anyway we feel like simply because they've had the bad luck to travel onto the property of a person who doesn't have a problem with smashing them on the head with a hammer, hanging them, or drowning them.
And just because the "shelters" that might be in the communities these people live in kills animals - doesn't give carte blanche to the people in the community to kill animals any way they see fit. If that were the case then you'd have any animal hater going on killing sprees every week and using that as an excuse.
I think some people have forgotten what this case is about - a person inhumanely killed 2 live sentient beings - and the Nova Scotia justice system said that there was no problem with that and did nothing about it when she pled guilty but give her a $5 fine. This is wrong. It doesn't matter about the extraneous stuff - 2 sentient beings were tortured. By the hands of Susan Keizer - and crown attorney William Ferguson said it was okay. And that is not right.
When will we start to see that animal abuse under any circumstances cannot be condoned. This is okay, but that is not. I don't understand.