Monday, March 17, 2008

Shame on You Governor Gregoire

The governor of Washington, Christine Gregoire, signed a bill on March 13 to reinstate the use of dogs in hunting cougars.

I am absolutely disgusted at how our society deals with overpopulation problems and animals deemed nuisances. Take a look at my previous post regarding the killing of stray cats to deal with the feral cat problem.

The full text of WA House bill 2438 is available here.

The governor completely went against the wishes of her constituents, as Washington state voters approved an initiative in 1996 to put an end to the use of dogs for the hunting of cougars and other animals. The measure was passed overwhelmingly with 63% of people voting to ban the practice.

It's wonderful to have elected officials who don't even represent their constituents. I can tell you that the people of Seattle most certainly do not support this bill. The governor may have just lost her reelection.

Here's an article from today's Seattle Times that explains the counter-productiveness associated with the heavy hunting of cougars.

The law goes into effect on June 12, 2008.

Feel free to contact Governor Gregoire and let her know what you think. I'll be letting her know my thoughts.

Thanks to Michael Markarian for drawing attention to this matter and for the image used in this post.


Vegan_Noodle said...

Jeez, if the government in progressive states like Washington is doing stuff like this, what's going to happen in states like Texas?!? This is terrible. I hate hunting.

Billy said...

I know, it's happening in my own (blue) state!

I am absolutely disgusted by hunting as well. A civilized society shouldn't partake in such cruelty.

This just really shows that we can't rely on our government to bring about animal liberation. We need to change minds.