Animal welfare by Antony Lishak

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At [one] particular facility, the workers would put the animals in, they would shut the door, and they would turn the radio up so they didn’t have to hear them. ” Studies have shown that euthanasia is one of the biggest stressors for shelter workers, even when it’s done well. For Angel Partain, the reinstitution of the gas chamber was the final straw. “My work as an animal control officer was the most rewarding work I have ever done,” Partain wrote in the conclusion of her affidavit. “It had its challenges, but I loved my job and was very proud to be involved in animal protection work.

Millions of people are bitten by dogs every year, many tens of thousands of children. I didn’t want to add to that grisly statistic. Animals are important in our society and in my life, but I don’t wish to make them quasi-religious objects of veneration. They are animals and need to be seen that way and understood in that context. Orson saw behaviorists, vets, trainers, holistic vets and shamans, and breeders. I exhausted every resource in trying to help him, and when he hurt three people, I felt I could not stomach being responsible for him hurting another.

I exhausted every resource in trying to help him, and when he hurt three people, I felt I could not stomach being responsible for him hurting another. The e-mail I’ve received that is the most powerful to me [has been] from parents and kids who have suffered awful bites and who thanked me profusely and emotionally for writing the book. I find it interesting and sad that nobody who expressed anger at me or my decision—not one—asked about any of the people Orson hurt. To me, that suggests our priorities are somewhat skewed.

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