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Saturday, February 05, 2011

Dog-Gone It


So, yeah, some days I think we're further down this trail of actually living in the year 2011 than others. Some days I think we're still living in the Dark Ages, the Stone Age, when things were rough, tough and horrible. But this is, indeed, the year 2011. When we are supposed to respect others. When we are supposed to draw attention to living and enjoying life. Being productive and progressive. And then the wind gets knocked out of our sails........

About 100 Husky dogs were slaughtered execution style in British Columbia last spring. After all of the hoopla and money surrounding the Olympic tourism died down and the visitors all returned home. Outdoor Adventures in Whistler, BC, is in a bit of trouble. As they should be. Their website makes note of the fact that they have suspended dog sledding for the time being. They ordered one of their employees to shoot 100 dogs and to dispose of them. And he did, to preserve his job. The investigators are now digging up the mass grave to continue in their investigation -- to decide if the dogs were even dead when they were placed into the grave. Rumors have it that at least some were still alive and clamoring to get out of the giant hole they were put into. And I love the part in the Outdoor Adventures Environmental web page where they talk about how much attention they give to recycling, that they are a carbon-neutral company, and that they are an "industry leader in stewardship and sustainability." Really? Really? Bullshit. I'm so sick of coverups and corporate crap. Fancy websites mean nothing if you've just ordered the shooting of 100 beautiful dogs to profit your bottom line.

Here is the Press Section of the Outdoor Adventures website attempting to explain how they were really trying to make this whole operation come off in a pretty, healthy, happy way....only killing the dogs that were "too old, sick, or not adoptable." What? You were employing dogs that were old and sick? Ugh. Oh, and the website also says that the company is "shocked and appalled" at the accusations. Umm hum, I'll just bet that they are. And here is an editorial by The Province journalist Jon Ferry.

You're worthless. Zeros. Nothings. I will speak up for the dogs any day over you. Our world is a mess. We're upside down, good looks bad and bad appears good. And now we're minus 100 beautiful, amazing and charming creatures in this world. Makes me so proud to be a human being living here on planet earth.

9 comments:

Kelly said...

I feel even better about adopting Roxy today from the Richmond SPCA... It is sad that all those dogs died... arghhh!!!

Annie said...

brother, sadly this reminds me of the holocaust and how they shot them and buried the bodies - some not dead yet. thank you for speaking out against this horror.

Sean said...

100 years ago, I think men had more respect for and knew the value of their working animals.

J.P. said...

Makes you proud of how far we've come as a society, doesn't it.

eric p. said...

This story made me completely sick to my stomach. How far we've fallen as a society. I came home and hugged our Siberian all the more.

Ur-spo said...

I wouldn't doubt this in USA, but in Canada? What a shame on the leaf, as they say.

Lemuel said...

In my life I've met many people and I've met many dogs. All in all I'd rather spend my time with the dogs.

tornwordo said...

The only thing sacrosanct these days is the dollar. Horrible.

Cubby said...

This is too horrible to imagine.