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Leash Laws in the Burbs

There is an article in the Star Tribune this morning about Plymouth, Minnesota allowing an exemption to their leash law to allow cats to roam free. It turns out most suburbs have leash laws for both dogs and cats and allow no exceptions. Anyway, you have to apply for an exemption and it requires a signed statement from your vet to the effect that your cat is too wild to be confined indoors and would have to be euthanized if not allowed outside. This is mildly interesting. New of the weird, of course, but not remarkable.

What’s remarkable is what comes next. The author of the piece can’t express his own personal opinion, because he’s a journalist, right? Wrong. He finds an expert whom he quotes as saying, “An ordinance that allows cats to roam free is a death warrant.” There’s even more. He found someone at the Human Society who said that they “…strongly advise against cats running loose to prevent transmutation into road kill, dog chow or victims of ill-tempered neighbors.” By this point I’m laughing. Transmutation into road kill? Dog chow? The guy must be from northern Minnesota or a former official at the White House. Is this supposed to terrify me? My god, I guess to. I was so impressed I started a new category on my blog called, “What Passes for News.”

I’m certain the Star Tribune fancies itself as both objective and a major newspaper. What do you think?