Letters – Feb. 11, 2011

No pity for Whistler sled-dog killer

Regarding the vicious killing of a 100 dogs in Whistler, don’t blame the owner of the company.

The decision to kill these dogs was made completely by the one committing the crime itself.

“Fear of losing the job” is no excuse for what was done. He went out of the way to dig a hole big enough for a 100 dogs and started to shoot them one by one. If he began to feel remorse after the first, second or even third kill, he could have stopped. But he did not.

The money must have been good, so he killed them all. He didn’t have any problem finishing them off with a knife either. What a guy. Now what? We are supposed to believe that, because of what he did, he has a mental disorder, and he wants to sue the company for compensation.

The question remains : Why did they not try to sell these valuable dogs? After all, Canada is rescuing dogs from other countries.

In regards to the “Bandit” case : Thank you judge, but six months in jail wasn’t enough of a punishment.

Stefan Mieczkowski


Off leash ban for dogs good for kids

Re: Langford dog ban goes too far, Letters, Feb. 2, 2011.

I would like to thank the City of Langford for the dog ban prohibiting dogs from city fields and ballparks.

There are many irresponsible dog owners that use our children’s elementary school fields.

Parents and teachers are tired of cleaning up the dog poop that sticks to our children’s shoes and clothes. We can’t solve the geese problem but no more dog poop would be helpful.

I’m sure more kids would play on the ballpark field year-round when they know its safe place to go and they don’t have to worry about stepping in it.

When all dog owners become responsible then maybe the City of Langford could donate a park for dogs only.

Liisa Stewart


Justice weak for abused animals

Re: Sled dog shock goes deeper, Our View, Feb. 4, 2011.

Too often we read or hear about another incident of animal cruelty or a brutal death (5,800 cruelty complaints filed in B.C. in 2010?).

Animals are vulnerable, much like children. Why aren’t animal abuses treated in a similar manner within our (in)justice system?

Don Wilkes


Ferries part of the highway system

Thanks to Premier Gordon Campbell and his friends, BC Ferries is now looking at having the ferry costs doubled.

Unfortunately Campbell is treating the ferry system as a private enterprise instead of a public highway, which it is.

We are already paying heavily for roads and then to be penalized again when having to take the ferry is too much.

A monkey could raise the rates. It takes someone with brains to see this is as much a road as are roads on land.

Before some bleeding heart tells me to move to the Mainland, I will be once reaching retirement.

By then Campbell will be gone and hopefully the NDP (the hope of the working man) will have decreased rates.

Michael Holmes


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