January 11, 2006, - 1:34 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
PUTA (our name for PETA; People for the Unethical Treatment of Animals and humans) must be proud. Here’s the latest in the continuing crisis of animal rights absurdity:
While old people everywhere are in need of cataract operations–and many can’t afford them, the tax-subsidized Detroit Zoo is providing cataract removal operations for its penguins. Although the article, in The Detroit Spews, says that a veterinary hospital will provide the cataract surgery (normally costing $1,500 per eye) free of charge, this is still a dangerous development.
Apparently, cat and dog owners everywhere regularly pay the $1,500 per eye cost for their pets, and penguins generally don’t live past 35. Nest time, the surgery may not be free, and we taxpayers will subsidize it. PUTA is applauding the operation, but in the past, the surgery did not improve a penguin’s vision.
Other recipients of cataract surgery have included four or five other Detroit Zoo penguins, a goose, and a polar bear.
Again, there are many humans in need of cataract surgery, who can’t afford it. Given that, it’s absurd that the operation is being provided for animals. Remember, the synonym for such actions is “humanitarian,” NOT animalitarian.
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