Letter: Caged-animal rationalizations don’t fly
I was saddened to see the advertisement for the Big Cat Rescue being featured at Vero’s Thunder on the Beach Pow Wow.
I couldn’t disagree more with Phyllis Parks’ letter in which she stated, “As far as our taking them out in public, they act as a reminder of what we are losing if they no longer exist. Our message of conservation sticks in the mind when people have actually seen a tiger…”
A “rescue” should not be exploiting these animals that have already suffered far too much and are now forced to endure the stress of being entertainment fodder for screaming toddlers. Ms Parks’ comment that if people supported “these wonderful cats, without their leaving home, we would be more than happy to stop taking them out” sounds like extortion to me — give me your money and I’ll be nice to the cats.
Our family supports numerous animal-welfare organizations, but we will not contribute one cent to one that feels it is reasonable to allow its animals to be moved from fair to fair under the guise of “enlightenment.”