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August 29, 2013 at 7:04 AM
Family court dropped the ball
How in the world did the sadistic Brandon and Viviana Gunn of Kitsap County get guardianship of his 13-year-old brother? [“Around the Northwest: Couple charged with child assault,” NW Wednesday, Aug. 28.]
Their arrest for brutally torturing the boy sickens me. I just recently jumped through numerous legal hoops here to be given guardianship of my disabled younger brother after our mother died, even though I had lovingly overseen his care for most of his life. I had a criminal-background check and had to be vetted by a court-appointed family attorney, at Thurston County’s expense. This was after decades of working with my brother’s case manager.
With such scrutiny and expense made over a dependent individual in my family’s situation, where did Kitsap County’s family court drop the ball? Surely there must have been warning signs of this couple’s outrageously cruel behavior.
They should never have been awarded guardianship of this child, and need to go to prison for a long, long time.
Carolyn LaFond, Olympia
July 9, 2013 at 6:30 AM
Euthanasia is sometimes compassionate
For 30 years, I have loved People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), and I still do today. [“No-kill-shelter activists target holdout PETA,” News, July 7.]
The article by Michael Winerip does not emphasize the fact that PETA is not and has never claimed to be a shelter. However, I have often heard it described as “a shelter of last resort.” Cats and dogs who end up at PETA’s headquarters are the ones nobody wants, and are often unadoptable.
PETA is humane, and wants to stop the suffering of an animal’s hopeless situation. In such cases, euthanasia is merciful. From day one, they have advocated a spay-and-neuter policy, helping people find low-cost clinics.
This new no-kill movement is not very realistic and it often fails. For example, it is inhumane to spay or neuter a stray cat and then release him or her into an alley without a caregiver. But Kate Hurley, director of shelter medicine at University of California, Davis, now thinks: “If they came from an alley, they know how to live in an alley, and if they’re spayed, they’re not making new cats.”
This is terribly insensitive. Horrible death can occur by predators, cold winters and starvation. Besides being unrealistic and inhumane, this new movement entices people, who cannot say no to one more rescue, to become hoarders and keep animals in horrid conditions.
Truth always prevails. Someday, someway, PETA will emerge victorious from these false accusations. After 30 years, PETA is the best, and always will be, for all animals.
Claudine Erlandson, Shoreline
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