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Iowa needs stronger laws to protect animals from abuse

Animal cruelty cases continue to make the news here in Iowa. There is case after case. White Fire Kennel, 150-plus Samoyed dogs and four cats neglected. No food, water or protection from the freezing temperatures.

Dustin Young, Young Gunz Kennels. Four dogs died in his care and 36 were severely neglected. He got probation. These were people that trusted Dustin with their pets. They died. Again, he got probation.

A chihuahua was put in a dog carrier and thrown into a dumpster in Des Moines after being starved. This guy got a misdemeanor neglect charge.

Elisa Andres from Ankeny was recently charged with two counts of animal neglect by injuring her two dogs by repeatedly binding their mouths to keep them from barking. She got probation and a fine of $190.

Denise Felling, a former veterinarian whose license was revoked, was arrested at her home in Iowa County, Iowa for illegally debarking dogs in Pennsylvania. She faces eight felony counts. She debarked them by shoving a rod like object down the dogs throats without any type of anesthesia. A husky a doberman, a beagle mix and a spaniel mix were the victims.

Iowa we must contact our legislators. We have their attention. They are working on better laws but we must speak up so they know we won’t settle for just tweaking our horrible laws here in Iowa.

Please, if you love animals or at least hate the idea of an innocent creature being tortured — which I hope most people do — then please contact your legislators and tell them that we want some serious changes to our laws here in Iowa.

Here are two links to help you.

Please be their voice. We are all that they have.

And don’t forget — there is a proven link between violence against animals and violence against humans!

Lee Ann Walker, Council Bluffs


Current judicial selection process works

Our governor and some legislators believe the judicial selection system that has served our state so well for nearly 60 years is somehow broken and in need of a fix.

Yet, this is the same system that in just the last eight months has given Gov. Reynolds the opportunity to appoint two highly qualified and distinguished individuals to the supreme court in Susan Christensen and Christopher McDonald.

It seems the legislation currently under discussion is a misguided solution in search of a problem—a problem that simply does not exist.

David K. Boyd, Urbandale


This Lent, consider the benefits of a vegan diet

March 6 marks the beginning of Lent, the period before Easter, when devout Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the wilderness.

The call to abstain from eating animals is as traditional as Genesis 1:29, yet as current as the teaching of evangelical leader Franklin Graham. Methodist founder John Wesley, Salvation Army pioneers William and Catherine Booth, and Seventh-day Adventist Church founder Ellen White, all followed the divine call. Pope Francis has been offered a one million dollars donation to a charity of his choice to go vegan for Lent.

A plant-based diet is not just about Christian devotion. Dozens of medical studies have linked consumption of animal products with elevated risk of heart failure, stroke, cancer, and other killer diseases. A United Nations report named meat production as the largest source of greenhouse gases and water pollution. Undercover investigations have documented routine mutilation, deprivation, and beating of animals on factory farms.

Today’s supermarkets offer a rich array of plant-based meats, milks, cheeses, and ice creams, as well as traditional vegetables, fruits, and grains. Entering “vegan” in our favorite search engine provides lots of suitable products, recipes, and transition tips.

Abbott Price, Council Bluffs

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