One of the things I admire about the pet blogging community is how we stand up to injustice when we see it. Unfortunately it happens every single day. There have been many posts about Breed Specific Legislation and as a community we are quick to voice our displeasure of the injustice and discrimination.
Tuesday night I saw a post from our friend and animal rescue advocate Dorian from Your Daily Cute. Dorian was quite upset, and rightly so. She posted a story about a so-called humane officer in the town of North Ridge, OH. I say so-call human officer because what this officer did was shoot five feral kittens. It is a disgusting story and here is the clickable headline: North Ridgeville humane officer shoots five kittens outside house with residents nearby. The officers name is Barry Accorti. The response was immediate and it was outrage. I agree.
Here is a quote from the news story:
“NRPD recognizes the concerns of those who believe feral cats should not be killed for simply trying to survive but also acknowledges the risks associated with these animals and the need to manage feral cats. Research and other animal organizations accept shooting as an acceptable means of euthanasia,” the North Ridgeville Police Department said.
Police Chief Mike Freeman said that Accorti’s actions were appropriate and he will not be disciplined for the incident. He also said they will work with humane officers about improving communications with the public.”
Of course there was outrage, but apparently in North Ridge, OH they just don’t get it. There’s a popular saying “You Can’t Fix Stupid”. Well, maybe you can’t fix stupid, but you can sure stand up to it and voice your displeasure. Through the power of social media, the North Ridge Police Department was forced to shut down their Facebook Page. What does that tell you, and they still don’t get it. If you would like to voice your displeasure, there is a Contact Us page: HERE and you can select to direct your message to the mayor. If you choose to do so, please be polite and non-threatening as that would diminish all that we stand for in this fight.
I am thankful that we all stand up to this kind of injustice and we need to take this horrible negative and turn into a positive for the humane treatment of animals everywhere.
Remember, adopt cats, we deserve it!!!!! More Forever Homes More Often! Purrrrr! Zip! Later!