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Animal policy is cruel

They say that “ignorant” is curable; “stupid” is not. I am having a hot internal debate over which adjective to use to describe Washington’s lawmakers; probably some of both. I am referring to their dictum, described in July 18’s article in The Voice (“Job with lots of catches”) that wild animals that are trapped in human space must be killed, and may not be relocated into a more suitable habitat to continue their lives.

What were they thinking? Perhaps if they were to watch Animal Planet and take a lesson from the many different groups and individuals who are devoted to the rescue and rehabilitation of strayed wild animals, they could be persuaded to change the rules to achieve a more humane outcome.

Animal lovers, remember this issue at election time, please.

Ann Echegoyen



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