It’s been a while since I’ve updated the blog. Life, unemployment and stress are all factor but ultimately there is no excuse.
Through it all, Bubba and the girls have been a comfort — even when they are busting my chops to get out of bed. Especially when they want me to get up and face the world (but not before feeding them, of course).
On the blog news front, Bubba and OCR got a mention in Fetch magazine’s special senior pets issue. Alas, I’m not the article is not available online.
Elsewhere, we’ve been active on Facebook and continually amazed at the interested OCR has generated. Thanks to everyone who has offered feedback, tips and postings.
Now, on to my commentary for the day.
The recent story of a New York man who tried to cook his cat, Navarro, understandably sparked anger among anyone with a heart. You don’t have to like cats to be sickened at such an act.
“What really grabbed my heart was this passage from the YNN.com story: “When he was brought here, he was in rough shape. He was still purring, still trying to be very friendly, but having a hard time,” said Gina Browning, public relations director of the Erie County SPCA.”
Fortunately, Navarro has a new name and a loving home.
Navarro’s story is one more reason we need a national registry for animal abusers. New York, California and Colorado are among several states that have considered a registry. Some may say it’s misguided to place animal abusers in the same category as child molesters.
To that I would state the obvious: it is a well-established that one of the hallmarks of may serial killers is torturing animals. A registry need not be a way to stigmatize people, rather an official step to treating those who are receptive to change. For people with deeper issues this mean early identification — potentially preventing a person’s murder.
The opposition could rightly counter that an animal abuse registry is creating one more bureaucratic morass in difficult times. The government is already swimming in a sea of debt and unemployed Americans who cannot find work. Why spend money on animals?
To that I would say a small tax on pet food and supplies is one option. I hate taxes as much as the next person, however, in a country where we will be forced to have health care of pay a fine, a few more pennies to protect those without a voice is a worthwhile investment.
To do otherwise would only chip at the innately giving spirit that has traditionally made this country great.