Sunday, February 18, 2007
I was born and raised in Camarillo, a small suburban town 50 miles north of L.A. once known as the home of the state mental institution, now more famous for its giant outdoor outlet mall. (Shopping trumps mental illness.) It is also the home of the Ventura County animal shelter, which I've posted about in the past because they always seem to have really nice dogs - a lot of them.
Well, apparently, the city doesn't think too much of its homeless animals because they like to hold their annual fourth of July fireworks extravaganza right next to the shelter, as if the dogs aren't stressed out enough as it is. Thanks, Camarillo!
There are a lot of other places to shoot off explosives in town. I mean, really. You wouldn't set off fireworks next to an orphanage or, for that matter, a mental hospital - it's a no-brainer. So why are the shelter dogs subjected to such an obviously traumatic event when their very existence is already fraught with an incredible amount of stress? I'm struggling right now with the absurdity of the whole idea.
You can sign an action alert petition protesting the fireworks site HERE, and you can also shoot off an email or make a phone call expressing your dissatisfaction to several people:
Jan McDonald, Camarillo mayor
805.388.5307 (general phone line)
Camarillo City Council
Kathy Long, County of Ventura Supervisor
Joe Howry, Editor in Chief, Ventura County Star
Activism works! Make your opinion known.
cartoon by Steve Greenberg, published in the Ventura County Star, 7.4.06