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Philo Cavecci

Marc Fisher should get stuck up a tree. Preferably one that is very tall, and about to fall.

Christopher Fotos

And surrounded by dogs.

And cats can cheer them on.

So this is "compassionate" conservatism--you care about the pets, but not the people.

Christopher Fotos

Well sure. Because it is impossible to care for both.

"Orange Mike" Lowrey

Fisher is apparently ethically challenged. To paraphase the late Robert A. Heinlein (no wimpy fluffykins himself), "When a human being adopts an animal, he assumes a moral obligation to that animal. That obligation is ended only by the death of one or the other of them."

marion

Orange Mike, I was thinking of exactly that when I read Fisher's original quote. That, and the bit in _Friday_ in which certain characters don't bug out with another character because they'd have to abandon their cats, and people who abandon pets are lower than scum. And Heinlein was certainly a pragmatist. But I think Heinlein and Fisher would probably disagree on many issues.

Fisher would probably disapprove of the National Guardsman in the Katrina zone that I saw bottle-feeding a tiny kitten in a photo the other day. But the fact that he doesn't grasp how strongly people can bond with their pets -- even if he doesn't have any -- indicates that he doesn't understand some key components of the human psyche. As others have put it, people who believe they've lost everything are going to cling even more tightly to whatever they have left -- people, objects, animals. Also, I'd really like some reporter who's covered animal issues to go to his desk and start ranting about the evils of pet stores keeping puppy and kitten mills going. But I won't start that fight up here...

Dons Blog

Certainly a man more concerned with himself and his career than any mere mortal around him. Could he show any more signs of being completely egocentric?

The really unfortunate aspect is that people are being forced to abandon their pets just when they need their pets companionship the most. It's also another sign of the complete disorganization of those supposedly doing the rescuing.

anne

Mr. Fisher's comment about understanding people's feeling of obligation toward "animals they've purchased" shows that he knows as little about people as he does about animals. What percentage of the hurricane victims looked like they had money to purchase pets at a pet store? They are committed to their animals out of love, not because of the size of their investments. Mr. Fisher, you may choose to limit the use of your heart, but at least use your brain.

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