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“Freedom... refer[s] to a social relationship among people -- namely, the absence of force as a prospective instrument of decision making. Freedom is reduced whenever a decision is made under threat of force, whether or not force actually materializes or is evident in retrospect.”     Thomas Sowell

September 15, 2009

What’s Next, Richard Gere’s Hamster?!

by Brad Warbiany

It's comin' right for us!

It's comin' right for us!

After reading the litany of Radley Balko’s Puppycide chronicles, I still took solace in the fact that if some brute squad mistakenly came to bust down my door instead of a neighbor’s, my 10 lb Yorkshire Terrier, who I refer to as a “barking cat” due to his laziness, would probably not get himself shot. After all, what cop would put a bullet into such a harmless little guy?

I’m sure you can see where this is going… From TJIC:

Cops find 19 year old deaf, declawed, 6 lb house cat that escaped … and wrap a rope around it’s neck, shoot it in the skull (twice), put it in a plastic bag, and throw it away.

Because, ummm, it probably had – like – rabies, or something.

What ?

City Manager Eric Berlin … said Tobey may have appeared to officers to be diseased because he was wet.

Oh, it was wet, from having been sprayed with a hose. OK, then, by all means, shoot it twice in the skull, spattering potentially rabies-carrying brain matter all over.

I’m sure there won’t be too much uproar, of course, because a deaf 19-year-old cat, wasting away at 6 lbs and suspected of disease probably didn’t have that great of a quality of life anyway. Maybe we should just call this an instance of “Death Panel v1.0″.

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