Cruelty

Letter | Senator/veterinarian fails to protect puppy-mill pets

April 27, 2014 

Unimaginable suffering, painful injuries, restrained 24/7 in filthy cages, denied basic medical care, forced to breed over and over for years.

This is what thousands of innocent dogs in North Carolina puppy mills must endure every day and when no longer able to breed they are killed inhumanely. While a few key legislators in Raleigh squabble over politics, power and their inflated egos, the suffering continues.

It is unconscionable that our district's senator, veterinarian Bill Rabon, has the power to pass legislation to protect puppy mill dogs but chooses not to. I suppose Sen. Rabon forgot this portion of the oath he took as a veterinarian: “Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering….”

Why, Sen. Rabon, won't you honor your oath? His flat-out refusal to allow a bill to pass that would ensure only the most basic of care for these animals, his apparent suspension of compassion, empathy and morality, is enough to make any thinking citizen question his motives.

Mahatma Gandhi said “You can judge the morality of a nation by the way the society treats its animals.” By this standard, we, in North Carolina are failing miserably. No matter your affiliations, please think about the morality, or lack thereof of what our elected officials do next time you vote.

The writer lives in Carolina Shores, N.C.

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