Three interesting reads: on tail-docking, domestication and ‘a typical day at the SPCA’

Let’s play link parade. I found three interesting opinion pieces on three topics – tail-docking, our responsibility for animals we’ve domesticated and a report on the day in the life of a shelter worker.

Dr. Michael Morris of the University of Auckland (New Zealand) writes about tail-docking in puppies and the removal of “dew claws,” in an editorial posted on SunLive.Co.NZ.

Come on folks. Dogs were born with these body parts and need ’em.

“The species we made dependent” was written by Traer Scott and posted on the Let’s Adopt Canada site.

And Gary Willoughby, the executive director of the Aiken (SC) SPCA wrote a piece for the Aiken Standard, reviewing a typical day at the shelter.

The volunteers deal with puppies , either dropped off or found dumped somewhere. The shelter is full, like so many countless shelters are across the country.

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