Quoted in the stories and dismissive of the failures cited, Mayor Kelly Yaede’s reactions were once again . . . unbelievable, as well as indefensible. You have to wonder how she treats people if the animal shelter conditions and practices don’t appall her enough to clean up what’s happening there. If she has animals in her life, would she let them be grossly mistreated or killed, as Hamilton shelter animals have been (and probably still are)? Does she have any clue about best practices in shelters?
You could also wonder why the council members who first sounded the alarm are not practically rabid-with-rage now that the damning inspection results have been made public. What are they waiting for? Why aren’t they moving to close the place and bring in experts to make it a safe facility for innocent animals?
Can’t any of these people rise above politics to care about animal welfare?
For a “read it and weep” look at details about this “horror house of a shelter,” whose staff and practices are inexplicably defended by the mayor and the local health officer, read the lengthy
indictment below in the NJ Animal Observer. Be careful: it will make your blood boil and prompt you to take serious action on behalf of any animals unlucky enough to be caught in Hamilton Township’s clutches.
Now back to life in the sea -- a huge part of our world, yet one whose living creatures may be treated with even less respect than terrestrial animals. Bolstering its “Seakittens” campaign years ago, PETA expounded on the lives of fish. It wasn’t pretty, but it was convincing. There’s no need to reinvent the arguments so I’m borrowing directly from the PETA mats here.
Billions of fish are killed each year so people can eat their flesh, while millions more are ripped from their homes for “fun” by anglers. Consider the following:
· Fish have nervous systems that register and respond to pain. Scientists tell us their brains closely resemble our own and fish are just as able to feel pain as cats or dogs.
· Fish are intelligent animals who observe, learn, use tools, and form sophisticated social structures. They also have impressive long-term memories.
· Fish talk to each other with squeaks, squeals, and other low-frequency sounds that humans can hear only with the help of special instruments.
When yanked from the water, fish begin to suffocate. Their gills often collapse, and their swim bladders can rupture because of the sudden change in pressure. . . . “Sport” fishers are responsible for killing almost 25 percent of overfished saltwater species. . . . Many trout streams are so intensively fished that they require that all fish caught be released.
But “catch and release” doesn’t solve the problem because fish thrown back into the water are not the same fish. They were likely hurt in any of myriad ways, and made newly vulnerable. One study indicates that 43% of released fish die within six days.
Besides the fish themselves, other victims of fishing include myriad animals (pelicans and other birds to manatees and dolphins). A major cause: discarded monofilament and other fishing line.
Commercial fishing is cruelty to animals on a colossal scale, killing hundreds of billions of animals worldwide every year—far more than any other industry.
Don’t ‘go fish’!
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