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Thursday, October 08, 2009

Talk Back: Thanks and Spanks

I always like to hear your thoughts on my blogs and today I’d like to post a few reader comments to recent posts.

I’ve received many comments praising Ben Byrom, a 14-year-old Californian, who has been a stellar advocate for animals.

Awww, kids like Ben are very inspiring to me. As a teacher, I deal with a lot of apathetic and narcissistic kids. Hearing stories like Ben's reminds me that there are nice and caring children around the world who take the initiative to end injustices when they see them. Thank you for your good heart, Ben!—Sara N.

Ben has touched my heart and gives me hope because children are our future and their voices do count. He is an inspiration and a real hero!! Way to go Ben!!!—Lisa K.

Last month, The Ad Council, The Humane Society of the United States, and Maddie’s Fund launched The Shelter Pet Project, a national public service advertising campaign urging pet lovers to make shelter adoption their first choice.

It’s always good to hear about new pet programs but I really am only concerned with ones that actually do something to increase ownership responsibility. We need to pass a breeder permit law for everyone who wants to keep their pet from being fixed. We need to stop the selling of dogs and cats in all flea markets, newspapers, and out of their cars. I want to see every pet owner commit to keeping their pet for their entire life and if they must relinquish their duty, a system is in place to keep accurate records of where this animal goes. It should be the same responsibility one would have if they had a child.—Michael A.

Virginia state Sen. Ken Cucinnelli is an apologist for cockfighting and has a record of extreme opposition to animal protection policies. This November, he is running for attorney general in Virginia.

This person is a disgrace to the human race. How on earth he could be elected is beyond me. Thank you for exposing him and his philosophy to the voters in Virginia. I have faith in them; now that he has been exposed. I have faith he will be defeated.—Penny B.

A federal court in Kentucky made a step in the right direction this week when it upheld nearly every component of Louisville’s animal care and control ordinance, which protects pets and their owners.

A kennel club tried to overturn prohibitions on animal cruelty? What on earth is wrong with them? Good for the courts for not giving in to temptation to demonize a whole breed of dog. The owner should bear responsibility for how the dog was trained (or not!). Every pet deserves a loving home and a chance to be valued as a living family member.—T.A. P.

Thank you all for submitting these comments, and please keep the feedback coming. If you have a question or comment and would like to join the conversation, please send me an email. Thanks for all you do for animals.

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