Where it comes to the handling animals, humans are downright batty, buggy, daffy, goofy and cuckoo.
More than a year after a 120-pound mastiff Rhodesian Ridgeback mix named Onion killed a 1-year-old boy in Henderson, it is being held in solitary confinement and people are protesting the mistreatment of the animal. The matter is on appeal to the state Supreme Court.
Recently a Carson City woman was unable to pay a $100 fee to the animal shelter in 72 hours and her dog was euthanized.
A killer lives, costing untold amounts of government money and lawyer fees to keep it alive. A pet that got out of the yard is killed over the lack of a $100 fee.
If this makes sense to you, you’ll no doubt appreciate the tale of Giggles the fawn, which as set to be released to a wildlife refuge on July 16 from a no-kill animal shelter in Wisconsin, only to be killed on July 15 during an armed SWAT-style raid by nine Department of Natural Resources agents and four sheriff’s. They carried her out in a body bag.
The agents told the workers that it is illegal to harbor wildlife under Wisconsin law without a permit.
They even went to the expense of aerial surveillance.
Then there was the Las Vegas woman who was a freelance hummingbird rescuer. She learned that in our cradle-to-grave permitocracy, you can’t do anything without first getting a license and paying some bureaucrat a fee for the privilege. You have no “right” to do anything.
As the local newspaper reported, hummingbird rescuer Marion Brady learned this lesson. After being featured in the paper in a heart-warming little feature story a week earlier, Brady was shut down two days later for running a-fowl of the long arm of the law.
You see, the uncompensated act of rescuing and rehabilitating hummingbirds and just about any other migratory bird requires permits from both the state Department of Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. As one of the bureaucrats explained, our government overlords have determined they can’t have people “just removing wildlife from the wild on a whim” and there must be “some order to things.”
This was similar to the little girl who rescued an injured woodpecker from the family cat only to incur her family a $535 fine for doing so. Migratory bird, you know.
The Indystar.com reported about a couple who rescued an injured female fawn two years ago and nursed it back to health and named it Dani. After a six-month investigation by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the couple faced a penalty of as much as 60 days in jail and a fine of $500.
Common sense is so uncommon.