by Daniel Hudson
(North Wilkesboro, N.C.)
I want to offer my SINCERE apology for having used Michael’s blog over that last couple of months. MOST of the time I was absolutely serious, but I will admit that at times I was also “clowning around” a bit.
I am going to voice MY opinion about the whole declawing issue again, but very briefly, and then I will not be responding to, or ever again be involved with THAT particular specific subject.
Let me start by once again saying that I truly respect your opinions, and the one thing that has bothered me from the get go, is the fact that those of you that oppose declawing absolutely refuse to respect mine, but so be it. That doesn’t make me any better than you, or visa versa.
The reason I oppose a ban on declawing is simple. When I went to war in Vietnam for this country and took the life of another human being, I did it for one reason, and one reason only – FREEDOM! I guess freedom must mean different things to different people. To those of you that oppose declawing and wish to ban it, I guess it’s about the freedom to pass laws and ban what you don’t like.
To me, however it’s about freedom to do what you like, as long as it doesn’t hurt another PERSON or ANIMAL. Ah ha, now it gets complicated doesn’t it. Not really, because even though I don’t LIKE declawing, abortion, and lots of other things, I just don’t personally believe that passing laws banning things is the answer. I believe the best solution lies in EDUCATION, period. Educated people what declawing is all about, then let them make up their own minds. You might not like THEIR ultimate decision, but that’s what freedom is all about in my opinion.
Yesterday. through my contacts at the Humane Society of Wilkes (Wilkes County, North Carolina – humanesocietyofwilkes.org), where I am an ACTIVE volunteer, I was contacted about a beautiful silver male cat, that was starved and had an imbeded collar, something that is common with dogs, but not so with cats for a number of reasons. The Vet & Vet Techs said they had never seen an imbeded collar on a cat before, ever. Anyway, I agreed to foster him at my home and brought him here to my house. So far so good, but he is still adjusting to the “good life” of not being starved and having six small dogs (which he doesn’t seem to mind) and another cat around (my cat, General Stonewall Jackson who’s story is in here somewhere titled “My Japanese Bobtail Story”.
Anyway, before I run out of space let me say, that again, in my opinion, this cat has endured REAL SUFFERING, and I’m gonna leave it at that, for now.
I think it’s a great service that you perform with your website Michael, and if I offended you with my previous goofing around, language, or attitude, then again, I offer my apology! (Don’t forget, I did say once that your were the “voice of reason”! LOL!) Come on Michael, you do have a sense of humor, I hope?