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Carnivore offended by lawmaker's one-size-fits-all mentality

James Smith March 9th, 2011

This is a letter in response to the article “Pawing at profits” (Feb. 23, Gazette) and to remarks made in said article by Sen. Josh Brecheen of Coalgate.

I feel Clifton Adcock’s article in and of itself was well-written, bringing into focus a serious condition facing our state. Although I do not label myself a bleeding-heart liberal, I do feel that any legislation that serves to help those who cannot help themselves (in this case, the dogs in “puppy mills”) is a good thing.

The fact that the prior Legislature took action to do so says something positive about our governmental process that the members look beyond dollars and cents and are attempting to regulate the standard of well-being for dogs.

Therefore, it angers me to the point of action that anyone would in any way want to repeal a law that helps the helpless. Sen. Brecheen, your one-size-fits-all mentality toward this legislation offends me.

I read the article in question while dining on a bacon-and-egg-burger at a popular Oklahoma City burger shack. I know full well where the ingredients for that burger came from. I am a proud carnivore.

If the cattle or poultry industries were notorious for widespread unspeakable cruelty, then you’re damn right there should and would be legislation regulating it. That, however, is not the case. Animals bred for slaughter are not meant to be household pets. Their purpose is to be food for us carnivores, not lifelong companions. Bottom line, Sen. Brecheen: It is not the same thing. Not even close.

No one is proposing that we rain down with fire and brimstone on the cattle industry. The prior Legislature did decree we make life more humane for dogs, and that should not be lumped together with ideology about what is good for one industry is good for all. The two industries in mention here have totally different purposes.

I honestly think both of our concerns would be adequately addressed if the people who run these industries would realize that it is better to treat their animals with humanity. Unfortunately, that is not the case, so here we are. If we have to pass legislation to regulate that, then so be it. Please do not undo one good just for ideology’s sake.

—James Smith
Oklahoma City

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03.09.2011 at 02:34 Reply

I'm shocked at your implication that neglect and abuse is okay for animals bound for slaughter.  I would emplore you to watch the documentary Earthlings and tell me that those animals do not require any protections.  I believe you can even do a Google video search and find it free online.


P.S.   Bring a kleenex.