Proverbs 31:8 says “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves…”
With a deep respect for this verse, Charissa and I joined twenty or so other citizens and demonstrators at City Hall tonight for a city council meeting. We were there to support our voiceless friends the prairie dogs.
Okay, so prairie dogs might not be at the top of your activist list, but I think it was good for us to go.
It is believed that they are being killed because (a) they pose a health threat to humans by carrying the plague, (b) the city wants to plant prairie grass to form native habitats and the animals just eat it, (c) there aren’t enough natural predators to keep their numbers down, and (d) relocation is expensive and there are limited alternative locations.
Our arguments were (a) only 1 person has died from the plague from prairie dogs in the past 50 years, (b) the few cases of non-fatal plague contraction from prairie dogs were from close and/or extended contact, (c) prairie dogs don’t kill people, their flees do, and insecticides (though I hate them also) are a better way to deal with that specific threat, (d) prairie dogs are as native as prairie grass, (e) we like prairie dogs more than grass, (f) without prairie dogs, other predator species such as fox, hawks, and coyotes will disappear as well, and (g) chasing the animals into their homes, fumigating them, and covering the holes so they can’t get out is cruel.
No one was arrested.