One man's "solution" to the JB/GFF case at the Marin Humane Society this morning
I attended a general volunteer orientation at the Marin County Humane Society this morning. At the beginning of the orientation, the lady mentioned the Jill Burnell case (not by name, but I knew what she was talking about...), saying that they have taken possession of 1 horse and there about 30 others that they are watching over... etc. This was while she was talking about what kind of animals they deal with, just to give us an example.
Later on, she was going over euthanasia with us, and what kinds of situations warrant euthanizing an animal in their care. This man raises his hand, and this conversation ensues:
Man: Do you ever consider, like with the farm animals, just letting them go into the wild, rather than putting them down? That's something I would consider.
The lady is caught very off-guard with this question, and handles it pretty well. After a moment of silent shock, she explains how this would cause the animals unnecessary suffering and that they would most likely die long and painful deaths.
The man responds: Well, okay, I don't mean the domesticated animals like dogs and cats, but like farm animals. Like these horses. Why not just let them go, and let them go back to the Great Mother?
The lady is very put off by this question, I am sitting there with my jaw dropped open, and generally everyone in the room is slightly disgusted.... Then she simply says "They are NOT wild animals. They would not survive" and then moves on before he can ask another question down that line!
I hope he never owns a horse!:no: