Dear Editor: The Ohio incident where exotic animals were released and police killed most of them brought to mind an incident in Wisconsin that happened over 10 years ago. A circus elephant escaped after it became spooked when a new trainer moved too fast in setting down a prop. Thankfully, this incident didn’t turn deadly like another notorious incident in Hawaii, where Tyke the elephant killed her trainer before hundreds of spectators and was shot 86 times by police before she died.
Given the realities of circus life for elephants — constant exposure to changing environments, bright lights, loud noises and being in crowds with children and with other animals — it is inconceivable that a healthy elephant would be so startled. It may mean that she is already under excessive stress, meaning that a flight reaction could be triggered easily, at any time, even while performing or giving rides.
This week I learned of a dog named Handsome who died an untimely and painful death last weekend when he was caught by the head in a trap.
The trap was set on property owned by the Department of Natural Resources adjacent to a nature conservancy. What was to be an enjoyable day turned tragic for the unsuspecting dog and his owner.
Trapping is a barbaric practice that belongs in the past. Wild and domestic animals suffer immensely. I am concerned for human welfare, also. What happens when a child wanders off the path and is maimed or killed as Handsome was?
As a hiker and photographer who often wanders off the path, now I’m afraid to do what I enjoy so much in life. It’s a tragedy that animals have to suffer, and the majority of people have to accommodate a few people in the name of tradition.
There needs to be an end to trapping in Wisconsin.
— Deanna S. Devaul, Madison
The first and only legitimate use for a cow’s milk is to feed her calf.
Every other use that follows was forced on us by tradition, habit, marketing, questionable science, political pressure or any of those in varying combinations that arrived glass by fat-lined glass when we were defenseless children.
It’s time to throw them off and move on to a diet that excludes many of the dairy choices we’re making.
The recent, annual World Dairy Expo at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison was a fascinating spectacle. All that effort bent at balancing the weight of a cow’s daily milk production with her daily manure production. Despite that, one irrefutable fact remains: The first and the only legitimate use for a cow’s milk is to feed her calf.