Celtic Diva's Blue Oasis: Congress drafting legislation to "evacuate" pets?? What are these people smoking?

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Congress drafting legislation to "evacuate" pets?? What are these people smoking?

PETA has invaded Congress!
Federal disaster grants to state and local governments should be conditioned on how they accommodate pets in their evacuation plans, say lawmakers disturbed that some Hurricane Katrina victims refused to leave home because they couldn't take their animals with them.

"I cannot help but wonder how many more people could have been saved had they been able to take their pets," Rep. Tom Lantos, D-California, said Thursday.

Lantos and Reps. Christopher Shays, R-Connecticut, and Barney Frank, D-Massaschusetts, are sponsoring a bill that would require that state and local disaster preparedness plans required for Federal Emergency Management Agency funding include provisions for household pets and service animals.
They were scrambling to find shelter for the HUMANS and had 10,000 of them packed into stadiums! There were thousands of children who were lost from their parents! Can you imagine the additional headaches and health hazards of animals?

Look, service animals are one thing. They have special training to behave around people and THEY ARE A NECESSITY for some disabled folks. But pets? Hell, I've seen how some folks "train" their precious little animals. I can just imagine the dog fights, the bites, the smell, etc... Pet owners should be able to make special arrangements for their own animals. If people can't afford to take care of their animals in any instance, then they can't afford to have them.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was stunned I have been by your blog before, thought you wrote well, and were even reasonable. But after today I won't be back. (1) Do you have any pets? (2) Have you ever had any pets? (3) Have you ever been in a Disaster?
Pets are for some people members of the family- people make a commitment to care for these creatures- they understand what it means to be committed to such a creature- our president was only committed to his vacation- not people. And for people that are poor- that is a big deal- they now don't have homes, or jobs but maybe knowing that a family member, even fuzzy made it - matters.And then you kind of hint that only people that can afford pets should be allowed to have them-my a nice elitist attitude. And for your education- Red Cross is the organization with the Dumb Impractical Rule about Pets not allowed in their shelter- and now people have died due to this impractical rule. I have been in Disasters and worked for the Red Cross- even told them that it was a dangerous rule. People died caring for creatures they loved. How dare you judge that. In a way I hope you don't have a pet- you don't have enough heart....or soul. Shame on you.

9/27/2005 8:05 PM  
Blogger monocot said...

I have to say I agree with Celtic. Look, I love my cats. We take great care of them, and make sure they are two of the most spoiled kittens in the planet. However, if it comes down to a choice between the lives of my family, and the lives of my cats, then I would sacrifice the cats. If you die to be with your cat, then your cat is dead anyways, so you've helped nothing. Disasters are about tough choices, and being able to make those choices is the difference between someone who survives and someone who is a casuality.

9/27/2005 9:26 PM  
Blogger the Band Director said...

I simply think with all the other issues out there, this isn't want Congress should be worried over.

Human life > Pet life, IMO.

9/28/2005 9:49 PM  

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