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Michael Enders

Squamish

 

 

Don't spoil Whistler's reputation

Like everyone else, here goes my two cents about Outdoor Adventures Whistler... Why is everyone focusing on how "inhumane" the killings were? Are these people suggesting that what has occurred would have been morally "OK" if the 50 or 70 or 100 (I can't keep up with the media's inconsistencies regarding how many were involved) dogs were euthanized by a trained professional? I believe the way the media has handled the entire story has sparked unnecessary outrage and contributed to the horrible threats and boycotts made towards anyone associated with the company. Yes, what happened was terrible. Yes, I agree that this story should make public press. And yes, investigations should go ahead. But don't spoil the reputation of the town (Whistler). Don't inadvertently encourage people to react with anger and hatred by focusing unnecessarily on the "execution" of the dogs. The fact of the matter is, I bet not one staff member currently working for Outdoor Adventures Whistler on the front line was even here last year! Half of Whistler's workforce is comprised of seasonal workers. Don't spoil their time in Whistler by threatening their safety and well-being. If you are one of these people, ask yourself, what are you contributing to the community? What can you possibly achieve by being a complete idiot? Instead, focus your energy into how you can help the community remember the dogs.

Danni Robbins

Whistler

 

Vet exercised professional right

The suggestion by G.D. Maxwell that a veterinarian may be partially responsible for the recent dog killings is unfortunate.

Refusing to euthanize 100 young, healthy dogs is a veterinarian's professional right, and some would argue, duty.

In sympathizing with the accused man and condemning the threats being made against him (justly, I think), Maxwell seems to be skirting the single "known" part of the story: this man self-admittedly made a terrible mistake and is responsible for his actions.

I'm sure a great number of other poor decisions led to the circumstances surrounding this event. The decision by a vet to refuse euthanizing these dogs wasn't one of them.

Ryan Redgrave

Vancouver

 

Animal cruelty laws need update

Having read G.D. Maxwell's article I have to admit it brought me back to my senses a bit, because when I heard about the horrific slaughter of the Whistler sled dogs I felt the urge to go head hunting and turn into someone I wouldn't like. However, I strongly feel the people responsible need to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. And there lies the problem that I believe all dog and animal lovers face, that there are not adequate laws to deter this kind of horrific act.