Sunday, September 23, 2012

A break in our regularly schedule gloom-and-doom programming

655 lb. of good news:

7-foot-long leatherback sea turtle released off coast of Harwich Saturday after 2 days of care

“The choices were really to euthanize him, keep him in rehabilitation, or release him,” Innis said. “He was too strong to euthanize, and too strong to keep. ... We elected to release him, but with a little discomfort.”

Ah, the correct usage of the word "euthanize." And the correct decision to let him go. (Apparently, leatherbacks just bang themselves bloody in any kind of pool.) We'll be rooting for his swift recovery, and we'll remain awed at the ocean's capacity for keeping its secrets. A seven foot turtle– imagine! Viva la tortuga!

And, yes, we're making the conscious decision to not think critically about this, like what the heck was wrong with him, how leatherback turtles are faring in the world, the rising temperatures of oceans, etc. No, we're choosing to think about him eating jellyfish, swimming around in the open water, and wondering how and what he might think about the experience of humans.

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.