Ac­tivist’s an­i­mal killings, sui­cide symp­to­matic

The Washington Times Daily - - Editorial -

The sui­cide of a de­voted an­i­mal-rights ac­tivist and her killing of her 31 dogs just prior is a tragedy on all fronts (“Ohio an­i­mal-rights ac­tivist kills her­self, 31 res­cue dogs,” Web, Nov. 11). No one can jus­tify the killing of in­no­cent an­i­mals by any­one, even those in seem­ingly se­vere men­tal dis­tress.

How­ever, this mass killing and sui­cide un­der­scores the im­mense pres­sure and men­tal drain ex­pe­ri­enced by those in the an­i­mal-res­cue busi­ness. Ow­ing to a lack of fund­ing for no-kill an­i­mal shel­ters and to laws that al­low ex­ces­sive breed­ing of pets, the an­i­mal-res­cue sys­tem is un­der a tremen­dous level of stress.

It is high time that lo­cal and state gov­ern­ments and the fed­eral gov­ern­ment step in and take ac­tion to end this largescale an­i­mal abuse. We need strict lim­its on breed­ing, manda­tory spay and neuter poli­cies for pets and ad­e­quate fund­ing for an­i­mal shel­ters. All th­ese things can be ac­com­plished with a min­i­mal amount of money, but it may take the max­i­mum level of com­pas­sion and de­ter­mi­na­tion. TIM CAR­AVELLO New York

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