Letters to the Editor

Published the Week of March 22

When a person takes a drug, there is an almost immediate burn-up of vitamins and minerals C, B, calcium and magnesium. The result of lowered vitamin C is headaches; the result of lowered B1 is depression; the result of lowered calcium is aches and pains; the result of lowered magnesium is nervousness. This leads to the desire to take more drugs, which numb the body enough to cover up these vitamin-deficiency effects, which then creates more deficiency. This is the downward spiral of addiction. This is a heavy price to pay for ignorance about the true effects of drugs.

Moritz Farbstein

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I am very disappointed in the article about the Humane Society of Missouri ("High Society," RFT, Feb. 23). Much of the article was unfair. I have been an employee of the Humane Society since August 1986. Each and every one who works here has a deep compassion and respect for animals. First, each employee is an educator. We educate animal owners about animal care, behavior and overpopulation.

I have had hundreds of thousands of conversations with pet owners and prospective pet owners about the importance of spaying and neutering their pets. Every employee in this field understands the importance of spaying and neutering pets. We see firsthand the disaster of animals' breeding indiscriminately, the countless animals brought through the door of every shelter in the country with health or behavior problems brought on by ignorance or complacency. Each owner that brings in an animal that is not adoptable is told before the animal is left. The decision is theirs to make whether to leave the animal or take the animal home long enough to fix the problem and bring it back. Many owners choose to leave the animal, knowing that it will be euthanized.

Your article stated that there are plenty of "no kill" shelters around. That, in a sense, is true. However, what was not stated in the article is that most of these shelters have waiting lists, usually lasting for several months and, in some cases, years. They accept only the best of the best. The Humane Society of Missouri does not have this policy. We accept animals regardless. We also receive many of the animals turned away from no-kill shelters. We would love the luxury of only accepting the "grade A" animals, but that is not our role. Our role is to be a shelter for unwanted animals. That does not give us the luxury of picking and choosing what we will accept.

Your article further stated that the Humane Society of Missouri does not have free spay-and-neuter programs for the poor. That is not true. We have had programs in place for years to assist fixed-income families with medical services. It was obvious from Ms. Higgins' comment that no other humane organization would publicly talk against the Humane Society of Missouri that her intent was not to look at the positive things that Humane Society of Missouri accomplishes but trying to find something negative to report. How sad that an article should be that biased. The Humane Society of Missouri does a lot of good work and is filled with compassionate, caring individuals. To disregard that, for whatever reason, is inappropriate.

Christine Horton

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