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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: animals
July 22, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Don’t kill spiders based on fear

Erin Heffernan’s article was amusing and interesting but she completely missed the most important point [“An idea that shouldn’t catch fire: Using a blowtorch to kill a spider,” Local News, July 16]: Spiders are good, and killing them is not a good thing. Exterminators are in the business of playing on spider-phobia and make…


Comments | More in animals | Topics: Erin Heffernan, Janet Wainwright, spiders

July 18, 2014 at 6:12 AM

Raising buffalo for meat doesn’t help stewardship of wild herds

Alan Berner / The Seattle Times

At Lone Boot Buffalo Ranch north of Ferndale, where John and Sue Muggy raise buffalo for meat, a mother and her calf are the picture of pastoral calm.

The Seattle Times’ recent article making it seem like the people who are raising buffalo for their meat are being good buffalo stewards is very misleading ["Where the buffalo now roam: Local ranchers help put them on the comeback trail," Pacific NW Magazine, July 4]. Buffalo farming is a livestock industry and has nothing to do with saving our genetically pure Yellowstone buffalo.

There is plenty of room for the wild, genetically pure Yellowstone buffalo to roam and thrive, yet the war that reduced them to 23 individuals over a hundred years ago continues to this day because the ranching industry’s power and wealth has


Comments | More in animals | Topics: bison, buffalo, Gayle Janzne

June 27, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Wolf control: Protecting crucial species

A gray wolf rests on the Colville Indian Reservation near Nespelem, Okanogan County. Eight conservation groups recently petitioned the state Department of Fish and Wildlife asking livestock producers to exhaust nonlethal measures to prevent wolf depredations. (Colville Indian Tribes, 2012)

Not surprisingly, Jack Field, vice president of the Ellensburg Cattlemen’s Association, reports, “Cattlemen and hunting advocates contend that the northern Rocky Mountains, where wolf hunting is allowed, successful recovery generally mean that up to half the population must be killed to prevent them from decimating cattle herds and other wildlife.” ["Conservationists seek nonlethal wolf controls,” Local News, June 21].

While state Department of Fish and Wildlife and oversight legislators have had the wisdom to maintain endangered species protection for an iconic species whose call in the wild signifies the presence of every other species, and whose reintroduction after 70 years was described by Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt: “[it] reconnects our historical linkage with the wilderness that is so central to our national character.” Scores of Washington state residents who strive to


Comments | More in animals | Topics: Department of Fish and Wildlife, Ellensburg Cattlemen’s Association, Idaho

May 16, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Zoo’s plan won’t cut it for elephants; not an extreme view

Chai and Watato in the Woodland Park Zoo’s elephant exhibit. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Zoo’s plan won’t cut it for elephants

The guest column from two Woodland Park Zoo board members, “Woodland Park Zoo takes good care of its elephants,” [Opinion, May 13] shows how out of touch the Zoo is with science and Seattleites’ values. The zoo’s labeling of those calling for the end of confining elephants in zoos as “extremists” is laughable.

Are the Scientific American, The Seattle Times and 62 percent of Seattleites extremists?

The Scientific American stated in an editorial: “Confined elephants often spend their time standing around in cramped quarters. … These tortuous conditions inflict serious physical and psychological damage on such smart and


Comments | More in animals | Topics: Alyne Fortgang, Beverly Marcus, elephants

March 31, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Elephants in zoos: Not fitting for Seattle

Watoto, Woodland Park Zoo’s only African elephant, walks around enclosure before getting her bath in the elephant barn. Zoo officials hope to transfer Watoto and obtain an Asian female elephant, but the acquisition is not guaranteed. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times).

Animal experts and honest common sense all indicate that elephants should be allowed to roam free as the Almighty intended, and not be kept in a state of miserable captivity by a supposedly more intelligent species [“Woodland Park Zoo to expand elephant program,” Local News, March 28].

So why is Seattle, the center of sensitivity crusades, going along with


Comments | More in animals | Topics: elephants, Tom Ruszala, Woodlawn Park Zoo

March 25, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Cougar killings: Seattleites can’t lecture about living in danger

I find it hard to agree with letter writer David Glenn’s willingness to dismiss the concerns that people in Twisp have about cougars near their town [“Attacks happen when living close to nature,” Northwest Voices, March 24]. From his comfortable and rather smug perch in Seattle, he lectures the people of Twisp about the…


Comments | More in animals | Topics: Charles Pluckhahn, Cougars, David Glenn

March 24, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Cougar preservation: Attacks happen when living close to nature

Yet again, encroaching humans are blaming and punishing animals for acting like animals [“Methow’s winter of cougar killings stirs discontent,” Local News, March 23]. People of Twisp: Have you lost your sense of geography? Do you not realize where you are? You chose to live away from cities, opting for remoteness and nature, then…


Comments | More in animals | Topics: Cougars, David Glenn, Methow Valley

March 23, 2014 at 7:15 AM

Thank you for making a difference for Woodland Park Zoo elephants

If media can change people’s opinion, then your editorial might just do that for our three unfortunate elephants at the Woodland Park Zoo [“Retire zoo elephants to a sanctuary,” Opinion, March 19].

Your voice reflects wisdom and justice for doing the right thing. For example, having artificially inseminated Chai 112 times is both unjust and a disgrace.

Will the new Seattle Mayor Ed Murray echo your wise opinion to retire zoo elephants to a sanctuary? I hope so.
Friends of the Woodland Park Zoo elephants are indeed true friends who tirelessly work to free them. They do not believe in exploiting them for profit, as the zoo does. Their lawsuit and your editorial will be a wake-up call for the zoo board to finally change its mind and let them go.


Comments | More in animals, Woodland Park Zoo | Topics: animals, elephants, woodland park zoo

March 22, 2014 at 7:36 AM

Elephants are at home at Woodland Park Zoo

I would like to know why The Seattle Times is so invested in sending the Woodland Park Zoo elephants away from their home [“Retire zoo elephants to a sanctuary,” Opinion, March 19].  It is one thing to print an article or series, but the editors seem determined to send the girls away.

It truly would be akin to taking your dog and sending him to a wolf sanctuary. Like your dog, the zoo elephants would not only have to find their place in a new pack (herd), with its own pecking order, but they would miss the place they have lived for decades and the people whom they love and who love them.


Comments | More in animals, Woodland Park Zoo | Topics: animals, elephants, woodland park zoo

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