22 September 2005

Can the state buy me a dog?

Well, I should have known this was inevitable. Government evacuation plans are now going to have to include getting pets out of harm's way! That's right, the state is going to confiscate taxpayer money to make sure poor Fifi doesn't drown in the class 4 hurricane bearing down on its smelly behind. Isn't this a wonderful quote from the Humane Society: "We cannot rely on individual acts of compassion." No, of course not, better call in the National Guard instead.

Here's a thought. If you own a pet that you're willing to risk your life for, then shouldn't you be responsible enough to own a cage and some food so you can bring your pet along with you when you need to evacuate? I could tell the same old story about how the expansion of the socialist welfare/warfare state destroys personal responsibility, but it always seems to fall on deaf ears. Or are people not listening because they're too busy looking for another handout from the government?


At 24 September, 2005 12:34, Anonymous Valerie said...

While I sympathize with the need to evacuate a pet, I agree that it's not the government's responsibility. If someone is going to assume the responsibility of owning a pet, they should have an evacuation plan for that pet. One problem that you don't really address is that there's a large number of people who don't have the resources to evacuate themselves, much less their pets. Should they not own pets? I don't think it's fair to judge them for wanting to own a pet just because they dont' have a car or something. In that case, private charities, not government, should step in to help evacuate pets. Many people are much more willing to donate to charities that help animals than charities that help humans.

Incidentally, I had a dream last night that I was in short stop, 32 oz. cup of powerade in hand, when I found out that the next town was getting bombed by terrorists and I had to evacuate with Max and Mimi...

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