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Speciesism and dominionism, coupled with human carelessness and overriding greed, when focused on non-human animals who can’t speak or fight for themselves, make for a deadly combination, one requiring ever more animal protection.
This week’s newspaper described the legal requirement for country prosecutors and municipal police departments to take over enforcing animal-control laws from the NJSPCA. While my experience with the NJSPCA isn’t extensive, it’s been enough to jaundice my view of its approaches and effectiveness.
How satisfactorily will this be resolved, and how quickly? For now, as usual, animals needing all the help they can get are in the middle, left in limbo. (I invite readers with info and insights on this issue to comment.)
Meanwhile, in Chad, African elephants are thriving and multiplying after years of death and decimation by ivory poachers. But to reach this happy position, it took a leader who cares about animal conservation yet has a horrible human rights record, and “imported” South African experts to set things to rights. Only lately have locals been encouraged to accept and protect their country’s animals.
So, this desirable result occurred through a seriously flawed process.
a shining star of protection
One group -- the Animal Protection League of NJ (www.aplnj.org) -- marks its 35th anniversary of action for animals this year. Newly re-designed, APL’s website provides an easy overview of the organization’s laudable scope and goals, as well as its needs. (There is never enough monetary support for activism, and volunteers who speak out and pitch in are always welcome.)
Angi Metler, co-founder and executive director, says, “Our website will always be a work in progress, as we welcome new input and suggestions. If anyone notices something missing, let us know.”
Aren’t you thirsty yet?
Yet I regularly see articles the importance of cat-hydration, together with tips for how to lead a cat to water and make him drink. So I’ve been sure to keep water (and food too) far removed from litterbox areas; I’ve regularly changed the water in bowls on two floors -- apparently untouched day after day -- and I’ve sometimes added ice cubes and enthusiastically pointed them out.
No, I haven’t tried a fountain, even though cats reportedly love moving water. Nor have I taught either of the Summers boys to sit in a sink and turn on the water, as I’ve seen happen online. A can of chicken broth has sat on a counter for weeks while I consider whether and how to add it to their water bowls. Chicken-flavored water?!
Any suggestions, readers?
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