Letter to the editor – Accusations unfounded

Letter to the editor from the Grand Forks Gazette June 11, 2014.

Are there no olive branches in the wild west? Some sour neighbourly relations have been plaguing a local ranch. Systematic complaints and suspicions regarding animal welfare are peppering the SPCA, most perhaps anonymously. From my

perspective the accusations are either unfounded, disproportionate or not matters for the SPCA to remedy. It seems they are using “projected hypochondrianism” to subvert the

operation of the ranch, Since the authorities are obliged to follow up all complaints, it seems they are being used as weapons by the accusers.

Is the location a problem? Is it a liability to be so transparent with clear views for prying eyes? Is this the community backyard that consensus prefers to see manicured? Are gentle hobby farms and rigorous urban sprawl casting a shadow on the rugged nature of ranching? When this rancher started out, it was pretty much at the

edge of the world; there was no Spaggett Bridge so there was no traffic. They became self-sufficient, thus directly supporting the local economy. They grew hay locally and did not

range on Crown land. Community relations led to routine assistance to other animal owners

with helpful advice and also care for animals with special needs and disabilities.

The endless responsibilities added up to a 24/7 life with plenty of sleepless nights. Now throw in the added burden of watchful eyes and birds of prey.

Leave the needles and pins where they belong; there are plenty of mosquitoes in left field

Don’t forget Grand Forks was once farmland, but with urbanization

comes an urban attitude. Such an attitude seriously threatens the very existence of

the AIR. Add to that the close ties between consumerism and globalization that decimate

the very ability of a community to feed itself, let alone the willingness to work with local producers.

s. Enasyn,

Grand Forks

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