What would you think if you read this title: "Officer investigated after deer rescue." Surely, this was a mistake. Why would you investigate a deer rescue? Well, you have to live in Ohio and realize that my state is not an animal-friendly state- at least not in my opinion and probably in the opinion of any animal rights organizations who rate states by compassion to animals. I believe that the legislature is stacked with too many agrarian interest-minded southern Ohio legislators, and obviously they feel threatened by any compassionate laws which they feel will impact on profits.
In the 70's we were asked to ban the cruel leg-hold trap which not only trapped fur-bearing animals, but often times an unsuspecting dog or cat also lost a leg to it. However, the voters said no to the trappers glee. They could continue using this trap which would often find some poor animals trying to release themselves by chewing off their own leg. Someday hopefully, people will realize that fur coats look best on the original owners and those traps will land where they belong - on a scrap pile.
In the 90's- the long protected mourning doves who had graced our skies- free and protected by law for many, many years lost that protection in an election. Vested interests, through their TV spots, warned that if we voted to protect the mourning dove, then the people of Ohio would be denied eating meat if the animal rights people had their way. Logic? None as far as I can see, unless they were referring to the lawful "right" of eating this tiny bird!
Maybe it was the 80's when I remember checking the box on my Ohio tax return to contribute to Wildlife and being very happy to do so. Later I found the money was not used for this purpose at all. I believe I read it was used to grant raises to wildlife personnel. I never checked that box again. Not, that I don't think people deserve raises, but let's be honest on how we portray the soliciting of funds.
Then I was horrified when the Wiles Pig Farm about 5 years ago hung dying pigs as a "humane" means of euthanasia. As for the sickly piglets, they were kicked around like footballs to kill them. When charges were brought against the cruel farm owner and his sons, the Ohio judge presiding was irked because he didn't believe this case merited being tried in court at all. And though the prosecutor won the case, the judge- true to his uncaring self, fined one of the Wiles' brothers a $100 fine! I still cringe when I think of this injustice and the type of judges we have in Ohio - though I truly hope he is not representative of the majority. I also wish that someday he will be removed as judge, but obviously the people who vote for him approve of his lack of sensitivity and compassion to animals.
And now, despite all common sense. Toledo police Sgt. Mark Fry is under investigation for misdemeanor possession and rehabilitation of a white-tailed deer. Unbelievable- we can kill animals lawfully but we cannot rescue them because Ohio bans the rehabilitation of wild deer and coyote according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Reading this incredible statement, I wanted to shout out to everyone in hearing distance - Welcome to "beautiful" Ohio.
Their rationale for this "law" is that there are concerns re the spread of disease. We do so much harm to people by using pesticides and herbicides on our fruits and veggies. We also inject our food animals with hormones and antibiotics and we are worried about rehabilitating a baby fawn? And just how common what this occurence be?
I think Sgt. Fry and the two other men who delivered and revived this fawn after its pregnant mother was hit by a car should be given a commendation for humane and compassionate treatment to a helpless fawn --not condemnation for violating what seems to me a foolish and uncaring law.
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