Sunday, March 29, 2009

Macho B, why am I so fascinated with this story?


Did jaguar Macho B have to die?

Phoenix Zoo may have moved too fast to euthanize him, UA pathologist says
By Tony Davis
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 03.29.2009

What is it with this story? I just will not die as easily as Macho B did...

This line from the story sums it up the best:

"We recognize that in veterinary medicine, there are almost as many opinions as there are doctors and attorneys," Terry Johnson said. "In this case, you've got the guys in the room up to their elbows in data on this animal. We asked them to give their best professional opinion."  

End of discussion. But, since there is overwhelming proof that the Vets did the best they could, and took the health and welfare of the animal into account when they chose to euthanize it, there is no chance of bringing these Vets up under some kind of formal disciplinary action - so what to do? Attack in the court of public opinion. 

And here's another little interesting tidbit: 
"The lack of total transparency in the handling of the case will not allow full understanding of what could have been done better" she said. "It is important to learn from every experience, to come together and improve the understanding of everyone involved so that there is no repeating of past mistakes."

So now total transparency has gone from catch phrase to the 21st century version of '20/20 hindsight'. How many people in the next 5, 10 years are going to lose their jobs, be discredited, etc. over not providing 'total transparency'.  We have become a nation of CYA, we are so afraid of being sued, that instead of taking drastic, but possibly right, actions; we choose instead to take no action whatsoever. Out of fear of lawsuits, no one says anything of substance on the record - and then get publicly harassed by not providing 'total transparency'. And why is that 'total transparency' needed - to provide them with the information that the evironmental lobby lawyers need to harass and/or sue these people with. 

Yes, this is just a story about a big cat. Yet, it's also indicative of the direction the country is headed in, and I do not like it.

 ***Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you.***
Peter Schmugge

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