Letters: Animals worthy of respect

Letter writer talks of cougar killed at ferry terminal

Another cougar shot this week and once again without any apparent good reason.

According to the RCMP, the cougar was cornered underneath a truck at the Swartz Bay ferry terminal in the early morning hours before the arrival of passengers for the first ferry sailing. What a perfect opportunity to  tranquilize the animal and move it to another locatioin. Of course, that is not what happened. The cougar was shot as always seems to be the case here in B.C.

This is only one of many cougars, black bears, and grizzlies that have been killed this year in this province. It happens because nobody objects. We, the most pampered people on the planet, cannot find it in our hearts to have mercy on these beautiful animals who are only trying to stay alive like the rest of us.

If you look at animals and see only a tasty treat or consider them a nuisance or vermin as I believe some of us do, I guess slaughtering our wildlife would not be a problem for you.

If you believe that animals are worthy of our respect and have a rightful place on the planet as I believe the majority of us do, you have to make your voices heard. Write letters, complain  or do whatever you think might be effective. The animals have no voice, it is up to us to stand up for them and so far that has not been happening. The RCMP and conservation officers play judge and jury,always it seems, at the expense of the animal.

Please, stand up and be counted or the slaughter will only get worse.

Aaron Bartlett

Otter Point