Readers’ views on animals and LCA
Give to local Humane Societies only
People should know that local humane societies are not affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States, despite the similar names. Following the resignation of this national group’s CEO, Wayne Pacelle, in the wake sexual harassment accusations, people might consider their local humane societies to be part of this poorly-directed organization.
It’s easy to confuse local shelters with the national group. For years, the Humane Society of the United States has raised money off the good names of local pet shelters while giving only a paltry 1 percent to help local pet shelters. Instead, the money has gone to finance its executives’ exorbitant salaries and pensions, hire a fleet of lawyers and lobbyists, and to stash away over $50 million in offshore accounts. And now, news reports reveal that money was used to pay off female staffers who were mistreated.
Please support your local shelters. It’s the best way to help needy animals in the community.
Center for Consumer Freedom
New arena leaves seats open
The new Little Caesars Arena is maybe the finest venue in America, but it’s looking bad on TV. I have attended two Red Wing games at the new LCA this season and while the official attendance in both games was reported as 19,515 (capacity), less that half of the first 15-20 rows, the best and highest priced tickets, were occupied. It is possible several thousand “fans” were wandering the elaborate concourses taking in the scenery, I don’t know. But it looks bad on national TV when the empty red seats jump out. A suggestion: At the start of the third period, allow the real fans in the cheaper seats trickle down into the more expensive seats. This would look much better on TV and create more fan noise.
Don’t repeal animal cruelty laws
In 2009, Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed into law a bill phasing out the use of veal crates, battery cages and gestation crates by Michigan’s farmers. These forms of extreme confinement prevented farm animals from exercising, fully extending their limbs and engaging in other natural behaviors. It was a significant move in the right direction.
Now, Congressman Steve King has introduced a dangerous piece of legislation innocuously titled “Protect Interstate Commerce Act” (PICA). This legislation is identical to the so-called “King Amendment” that Rep. King tried unsuccessfully to insert into the 2013 Farm Bill. PICA would repeal state animal cruelty laws across the country and turn back the clock on food safety, worker safety and environmental protection. Sen. Stabenow must once again step up and oppose any attempt to insert this extreme measure into the 2018 Farm Bill.