Animal cruelty not a laughing matter

Animal cruelty not a laughing matter Animals are once again used as the butt, or springboard, of jokes on CBC. CBC Yukon's A New Day crew played a dog catcher song prior to Sandi Coleman's interview with outgoing bylaw manager John Taylor, on Thursday m

Animals are once again used as the butt, or springboard, of jokes on CBC. CBC Yukon’s A New Day crew played a dog catcher song prior to Sandi Coleman’s interview with outgoing bylaw manager John Taylor, on Thursday morning. After this song, program director Roch Shannon Fraser appeared to crank up the volume when he said “we caught something.”

The crew broke out with ha-ha-ha’s, hee-hee-hee’s. Can someone at CBC please tell the public what is so funny with respect to animal cruelty? When will you stop using nonhumans as a pathetic joke? Do you find the fact that bylaw catches, kills, and has done nothing to address the ongoing problem facing dogs in Whitehorse, funny?

Did you know that bylaw is now keeping the number of animals killed in the pound “confidential?” (John Taylor said this to me weeks ago.) Maybe the CBC could ask Taylor a few tough questions, like, why is the amount of animals killed by the city now a big secret?

Taylor is proud to remember the story of Trooper the dog (which was dragged down Hamilton Boulevard). Since charges were laid (thanks to concerned citizens) and Trooper is in a good home, this is a good story to “remember,” said Taylor.

What, the Trevor-the-dog saga (which is still ongoing) isn’t a “story to remember?” Well, I guess not, when Whitehorse bylaw, led by Taylor, has spent upwards of $30,000 to kill Trevor Ð a story which has made national and international news. A story which CBC failed to air correctly despite many resources at its disposal.

Why did CBC bother showing-up in court? Just so one of their high-profile reporters could jokingly ask Taylor, “Is he still barking?” referring to Trevor?

Speaking of animals, when will CBC Yukon take a break from giving the exploiters and killers of nonhumans a stepping stone for the inhumane treatment of animals?

Here is one for you: How about interviewing YTG on the so-called new Animal Protection Act, and ask why since this new act was amended, there appears to be NO true protection for animals in the Yukon? Why the exploiters and killers of, let’s say, dogs, don’t appear to be concerned that this act will affect the way they exploit “their” dogs?

The Animal Protection Act is truly an act that protects humans who do pretty much anything they want to nonhumans; an act which states it’s what humans want from animals, not what is good for animals, that drives government polices.

CBC, please put public money at work; investigate the subjects of your report.

By the way, I hope the ignorant, rude and appalling person who phoned me regarding my letters to the editor would please go public with what you said to me. Otherwise, find a positive way to relax without killing animals.

Mike Grieco

Whitehorse