Thursday, September 20, 2012

Let us now define, "Euthanasia"

There are lots of substantive issues with the killing of a mama grizzly for livestock predations, as reported today in the Billings Gazette. Mos def. And you just gotta know that on a different day, we'd tackle writing about that. But today, what really "got our goat?" The headline.

Grizzly cub captured, mother euthanized for killing cattle outside Red Lodge

Shall we review what "euthanasia" means?
: the act or practice of killing hopelessly sick or injured individuals (as persons or domestic animals) in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy; also : the act or practice of allowing a hopelessly sick or injured patient to die by taking less than complete medical measures to prolong life—called also mercy killing
The act of killing the grizzly then was not euthanasia at all, was it? This kind of spin is highly problematic, especially when the real sickness is the livestock industry and its inability to sacrifice a few cows for the sake of biodiversity, including a mama grizzly feeding her cub. Sure, she might have been a repeat "offender," but we're offended by the failure to call a spade a spade. 

Grizzly cub captured and awaiting lifelong captivity after mother is killed for affecting private economic interests.
 

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