Respect all around


I was deeply saddened by the Dec. 7 cover’s display of animal cruelty.  The cover caption states that “neighbors helping neighbors” on branding day “is the cultural norm.” Unfortunately, inflicting pain appears to be a “cultural norm” in the cowboy culture also. I wonder how many of those “neighbors” subduing that poor animal would enjoy being treated like that. Apparently, the castration and branding were done without pain mitigation. At least I saw no mention of anesthesia. There is enough suffering in the world. How about HCN covers that inspire awe instead of revulsion? My understanding of the international and interdisciplinary field called “compassionate conservation” is that we must not only respect the land on which we and other animals live but also the animals themselves.

Bob Muth
Kalispell, Montana

High Country News Classifieds