- Police: Man dies from self-inflicted gunshot after standoff in south Cape (1/14/18)3
- Here's what's being built next to Chick-fil-A in Cape (1/18/18)1
- Author of Waller's manuscript rewarded for helping feds (1/13/18)
- Cape lands new summer-league baseball team; Capaha Field to see major upgrades (1/20/18)8
- Man sentenced to life for killing mother, burning her body; mouth taped shut at hearing (1/20/18)
- Poultry in motion: 4-H participants take first in nation with barbecue skills (1/13/18)1
- Redhawk Food Pantry helping Southeast students, employees who need assistance with food, supplies (1/19/18)2
- Word to your superintendent: Glass rocks Vanilla Ice parody to announce cancellation (1/13/18)3
- 3 mayor candidates in Scott City; former mayor Porch files for council seat (1/18/18)
- Chronic wasting disease found in 2 Southeast Missouri deer; whether disease transferable to humans unknown (1/18/18)
Compassion for pets is the goal
To the editor:
Those of us who spoke against the changes in Cape Girardeau's animal ordinance have failed to communicate the fundamental principles involved. The point is not how many pets one may have, but how to treat other creatures in our community with compassion. Killing thousands of unwanted dogs and cats, like we do now, is just not right. A more compassionate community would oppose the new ordinance in favor of one that discourages breeding and provides sanctuary for unwanted or lost animals.
These measures would work to decrease the pet population and to decrease suffering and killing. The new ordinance does no more than the old to discourage breeding. On the other hand, it make illegal caring for more than four dogs, altered or not.
The way we treat companion animals generates so much controversy that one cannot ignore it as trivial. I suspect that many citizens who do not want to take in homeless animals would contribute generously to a sanctuary.
It may not be true that "only kindness matters," as the song goes, but it does matter. As a guide to right and wrong, it surely trumps expediency and convenience.
STEPHEN W. STIGERS, Cape Girardeau