Near the Old Man of Storr, Scotland I took this in 2004

Friday, May 14, 2010

Today we mourn

So, the fucking OSPCA in Markham has killed 99 animals, and let's not mince words here by saying "euthanized", because murder is murder however fancy you try to make the word sound.

By the way, euthanize comes from the Greek, and the prefix eu means joy, happy. So to use the word euthanize is very condescending and has deep religious undertones. When we use phrases like " put down", or " put to sleep" it's the same damn thing. Why is a perfectly ok animal happy to be killed?

So, yes they've killed 99 animals. And why, you ask, incredulously?! Because they were "infected" with a skin fungus erroneously called "ringworm". This skin fungus, a bacteria, was given the name ringworm when it was first discovered. The jackass man who discovered it thought the pattern of infection on the skin looked like a worm, and so, the ugly associations have since stuck, and no one seems too keen on changing the incorrect name.

This skin fungus is completely treatable and is not at all lethal. The ass people at the OSPCA
decided that it was a virulent strain and chose to take matters into their own hands. A vet had been contacted and was waiting at his clinic with a truck ready and empty cages for the patients to stay in while they got better. However, the murderers at the Markham OSPCA decided to not go that route and instead began the killing, to the complete shock and bafflement of the vet.

It has also been mentioned that some staff have been infected. Though I haven't heard any talk of euthanizing them, that's funny, I wonder why not?

Well, please have a moment of silence for the 99 beings that were needlessly murdered yesterday.

Lastly, I have a new kitten. I've named her Punim. ( it's Yiddish ) I found her in my backyard screaming her little head off last week Thursday. Just skin and bones. She's since been to the vet and is adorable. We love her.

So as usual, here is my petition, now more timely than ever, it seems,
urging the Canadian government to include animal rights in the constitution!