LETTER: HSUS not made up of ‘out-of-state activists’I am a loving, hard-working, South Dakotan with compassion for living creatures.
By: Julie Pommer, Sioux Falls
To the Editor:
I am a college-educated business owner who was born and raised in South Dakota all my life. Therefore, I am not an out-of-state animal activist.
I am a loving, hard-working, South Dakotan with compassion for living creatures.
My grandfather was a successful farmer, who cared for his animals and did whatever it took to treat them right. I’m not sure why it would be OK for a farmer to mistreat an animal. We are not asking people to quit hunting or eat meat. We simply don’t want animals to suffer while alive.
My friends and I rescue animals that others have abused, neglected or used for profit. Some were near death and starving ... suffering. Some from people, who, due to South Dakota’s lack of animal abuse laws, repeatedly acquire more animals and continue to neglect them.
We spend a lot of money to get them healthy and countless hours to regain human trust.
Perhaps your guest columnist should volunteer at an animal shelter, interview pet owners whose animals have been abused. Recently a lady in Brookings had her dog kicked in the head by a total stranger walking by! In front of her!
The rodeo horse that was abused by two drunks, the dog in Burbank that was hammered to death by a stranger, leaving its owners heartbroken. The two 10-year-olds that set a cat on fire and etc. etc. There are many horrible stories.
It is a proven fact that people who torture and abuse animals, harm humans. Jeffrey Dahmer ring a bell?
Your columnist didn’t educate himself on the facts, before writing the story and should re-write it.
I donate my money to the Humane Society and other shelters. I am from South Dakota and perhaps, I am an activist. If that is what one is called for having a heart toward other living creatures!
Print my letter if you will.