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Coony’s Law won’t end cruelty to animals
by David Farside
Oct 11, 2011 | 944 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Nevada Legislature passed Cooney’s Law this year hoping to prevent cruelty towards animals. The law makes it a felony instead of a misdemeanor for cruelty and the torture of animals. Last year ,Raymond Rios, claiming his dog Cooney swallowed a mouse, cut his dogs stomach open with a box cutter to remove it. No rodent of any kind was found. After the dog bled to death, he returned the carcass to the SPCA of Northern Nevada.

SPCA shelter manager Holly Natwora said the new law protects humans as well as animals. During testimony in the legislative hearings, behavioral experts claimed there is a connection between animal abuse and criminal violence against people in our society. I have no doubt that anyone with the bully mentality to beat their dog probably beats up on their spouse, children or anyone else who gets in their way.

Nevada Voters for Animals representative Gina Greisen mentioned she wanted abusers to know if they harm helpless animals, their actions will not be tolerated. I think Gina needs to define what she means by “helpless animals.” She might be one of the worst offenders when it comes to harming helpless and defensive animals when she eats lunch everyday. If she means what she says, her next project should be to end taxpayer funding of Wolf Pack Meats at the University of Nevada, Reno.

For the last 50 years, the campus facility has slaughtered, butchered and packaged helpless animals for human consumption; preparing their victims of animal abuse for the meat craving kitchens of local residents and restaurants. You can also see the dissecting skills resulting from their brutality towards animals in the cold cases or morgues of local grocery stores, where you can purchase any part of the cadaver for your children to munch on. And no animal part escapes the sophisticated taste of human kindness. Cow tongue, tripe and brains are considered real delicacies by some. Some lovers of dead flesh enjoy the testicles of goats and the feet of a pig. I wonder if they would enjoy them as much if they had the balls to look the animal in the face and kill it. They’d probably settle for barbecued dog if they had a box knife.

Dean of the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, Ron Pardini, said the livestock the university produced have been used in research looking for different ways to raise beef. He didn’t mention how much bio stuff was experimentally injected to enhance the growth, flavor and tenderness of his lambs, sheep and bovines. That should make everyone feel better about buying from our local butcher.

Now, the on-campus slaughterhouse and processing plant might have to close or move. Due to its location near the Truckee River, the land might be needed for flood control. One option for local ranchers is the newly proposed processing plant in Wabuska. about nine miles north of Yerington opening in the late part of 2013, where 3,500 head of helpless animals will be slaughtered every day.

If animal abuse, torture and the brutality of helpless animals should “not be tolerated” and is considered a felony in Nevada, why are we still slaughtering them on the UNR campus?

If there is a connection between people who abuse animals and the criminally violent, why are we eating the helpless animals we kill? After all, what can be more archaic and criminally violent than killing and eating the flesh of a helpless animal?

Most of humanity hasn’t really advanced since the primitive days of tribal cannibalism when the natives boiled each other in a community pot. That practice no longer exists. Unfortunately, Coony’s Law won’t end the human cruelty of killing and eating helpless animals.

David Farside is a Sparks resident and political activist. The polemics of his articles can be discussed at His website is
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