It just leaves me speechless when I read about someone shooting a defenseless cat with an arrow. The laws about animal cruelty have to be changed in this country, no question. A lot of heartless people may think "its just a cat", but it's a defenseless creature attacked for no reason other than pure sadistic pleasure. Don't forget that many serial killers such as Dahmer and Bundy started out killing animals for similar "fun." An act like what happened to 'Lucky' should be a felony with a minimum one year in prison.
It sounds like "Lucky" will get a great home after her recovery. There is a special place for people like Ms. Larson for doing what she is for this animal. I also feel there is a vastly different special place for the person who did this cowardly crime. I hope people can contribute to the fund to pay off the vet bills, and support HART and other animal rescue organizations.
(Editor's note: Sufficient contributions were raised to pay for the cost of Lucky's surgery.)
The religious right and the election
The biggest problem for the Democrats is the "religious right."
On June 13, a Catholic spokesperson said that the Pope would have a policy statement for all Catholics before the U.S. election. The Kerry campaign didn't need to hear that because 27 percent of registered voters are Catholic. Since he's on the "wrong" side of both the abortion issue and the gay marriage dispute, Mr. Kerry can't kibitz with the Pope, as Mr. Bush did recently. John Kerry's position is cleareven as a Catholicwith 79 pro-abortion votes in 19 years in the Senate, and twelve votes against the Defense of Marriage Act before it became law in 1997.
Four million evangelical Christians didn't vote in the 2000 election. That won't happen in Nov. 2004 Especially with the "crusades" going on in the Middle East; however, it's only a rumor that the Pope-mobile has a Bush-Cheney campaign sticker on the rear bumper.
Cat shooter should be caught
Below is part of Minnesota Statute 343 regarding punishment for animal cruelty (I have highlighted the area that applies to Lucky's injury.) I hope they catch the sick individual who shot "Lucky the Cat" and that person receives the maximum punishment allowed ($5000.00 fine and two years in prison followed by probation, community service, and psychiatric treatment). Perhaps knowing there is a penalty will deter them from doing this to someone else's pet. I would love to see a follow-up in the Dispatch about the investigation.
"Intentional cruelty to a companion or pet animal resulting in death or great bodily harm is punishable with a fine up to $5000 and/or imprisonment up to two years;...In addition, the convicted may be required to perform community service, or complete psychological, behavioral or other treatment."
What about the other guy?
It's all about me. This is a phrase that I see on a regular basis. It seems to be the theme of a generation that is stuck on itself. They give no thought of anyone but themselves. You see it in the way they act and in their religion and politics. Probably the big area that you see it, is in the demise of fraternal organizations. The area that I notice it in is labor unions. They willingly give up benefits for future members for practically nothing; unwilling to strike. I came from a union household. I remember my father saying that he wouldn't make up the loss before he retired but he would strike for the younger members because if the ones that came before him hadn't fought for better wages, working conditions and benefits, he wouldn't have what he had. I always voted to organize and voted to authorize a strike when negotiating, no sense in tying the hands of those that represented me. I didn't cross picket lines and I won't now. I would caution members that giving up things for future workers will encourage them to vote to give up benefits for workers that are ready to retire. Fair is fair.
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