Fun stuff to do … and let’s not forget the animals, city council and school committee!

Christmas Tree Lighting at Kelley Square!

December 2, Friday, 5:30 PM

Meet and have your photo taken with Santa, take a Wagon Ride, sing carols with District 4 City Councilor Barbara Haller and State Rep. John Fresolo, and enjoy yummy refreshments!

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KWANZAA CELEBRATION

If you have a chance, please stop by the Boys and Girls Club of Worcester at 65 Tainter St. this Friday December 2, from 5 pm – 6:30 pm. The Brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. will be co-sponsoring a KWANZAA CELEBRATION of FAMILY, COMMUNITY AND CULTURE!

There will be refreshments.

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Some animal rights issues our elected officials should think about supporting

By Deb Young

Bringing Humane Education into our schools

There was the incident on Canterbury Street where it is believed children with pellet guns shot / killed 3 kittens and 1 adult cat.
What can come out of this tragedy?

Well, Private Citizens for Pets in Peril has started to get the word out on teaching children respect for animals.

It would be helpful if the Worcester Public Schools had a program regarding animal abuse and the impact it has on our society. Kids learn from the adults in their lives and unless someone sets a good example for the children and teaches them to have empathy, and that it is not acceptable to abuse animals, they will continue to think it is the normal way of life.

This idea was presented to the School Committee it made it to the Standing Committee. Can we get this done?

There is also a organization called Spay Worcester. The goal of the Spay Worcester task force is to work to reduce the population of free roaming cats in the city through spay / neuter and public education. The focus is providing basic medical care (spay neuter & rabies vaccinations) for free roaming & un-owned cats through responsible trap neuter return. SW will also seek to increase the resources available for low income spay /neuter for pet cats by working with other organizations. They believe that all cat populations must be addressed in order to see a decrease in Worcester’s free roaming cat population.

When people are given an opportunity, education and the means to do what is right. People will step up.
If we take on the responsibly of a pet, we care for this pet and it stays in their home, It breaks the cycle of disposable pets.
Neighborhood cats are community cats..they are here because of owned cats not being S/N and allowed to be free-roaming.

When kids ask SW what are they doing, SW always explains what they are doing and goals. These neighborhood kids become SW eyes and ears on the street. They are starting to recognize the impact of unaltered pets is having in their neighborhood. Their perception is changing, these community cats that have been hiding in plain sight is becoming visible to them, they are starting to see the suffering and pain these cats endure everyday… The kids become more confident and united in a common goal of helping these cats. The kids see that, helping these cats have a real impact in their neighborhood, their street and even their own back yard. Spay Worcester is supported by the mayor of Worcester, the Worcester City Council, and this support needs to continue!

While, “The circus is coming to town” might conjure up images of old fashioned family fun, behind the bright lights and the curtains, something sinister lurks—Horrific animal abuse.

Ringling Bros and other exotic animal circuses are appalling in the treatment of they’re animals that include Asian elephants and tigers.

Just as the circus is an old-fashioned entertainment business, so are the “training” methods they utilize to get the animals to perform!

Circus-goers need to be educated about what really goes on backstage, because if they knew, most would no longer go and animal circuses will become a cruel thing of the past…

Enlighten them and vote to ban exotic animal circuses in Worcester.

Right now Worcester requires Pit bulls to be leashed and muzzled, or placed in a secure temporary enclosure, when taken off the owner’s premises. It also will require consent of a landlord to keep a pit bull on the premises; placement of a warning sign informing the public that a pit bull is on the premises; and notification of animal control officers or the police by owners whenever their pit bull injures or threatens any person or animal.

This in not an effective way to control dangerous or potentially dangerous dogs, for many reasons, Including:

1) This type of situation does not impact dogs of other breeds who may be dangerous.
2) Such an approach unfairly brands all dogs of a particular breed, regardless of their behavioral history, as dangerous.
3) When communities concentrate their public protection efforts on specific breeds, they only address the dogs, rather than on dealing with the true cause of these threats to public safety: pet owner irresponsibility.
Punish the Deed not the Breed!

Between 25% and 40% of battered women ( in US) are unable to escape abusive situations because they worry about what will happen to their pets should they leave.
Many pet-owning women entering shelters reported that their batterer had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to psychologically control victims. Research also suggests that children who witness domestic violence are more likely to become abusers of animals.

Pets are sources of comfort & emotional support , Why can’t we work together with local rescues / shelters to provide temporary placement / foster for individuals in this position?

It is wonderful to see the City begin to address issues of animal overpopulation and abuse, and would be even more wonderful if the City Council became even more involved.

Many of these topics already have the support of the community, but the community needs the support of those who can be the “Voice of the Voiceless” and let us be heard!

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