A red-shouldered hawk comes by to eat chicken livers left out for coyotes and foxes:
In April 2015, Kristen Lindsey, DVM, shot a cat through the head with an arrow and then posted a picture on Facebook with the following caption:
“My first bow kill … lol. The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through it’s [sic] head! Vet of the year award … gladly accepted.”
These facts are not in dispute. Why she did it, however, is. This is why she is currently testifying in an administrative hearing in order to try and keep her veterinary license. At its heart is the question, “Is there any justifiable reason for her to have done that?”
The answer is no. It is an unequivocal no.
I have avoided commenting on the topic because once the image went viral, the reaction was swift and potent. She has received death threats and her family has been harassed. What she did was horrific and wrong, and sending death threats is also horrific and wrong, and I didn’t want to embolden the sentiment that might encourage one more person to do so.
I have yet to read a single sentiment from the veterinary community that attempts to defend Lindsey. What I have read, and it reflects my own views, is that her actions are utterly condemnable and she needs to be removed from the profession. Physically attacked or threatened? No.
But Please, Please Go Away
The reason I am speaking on this now is to clarify the position that just because many of us have not clamored to do the same to Lindsey as she did to (what most presume to be) Tiger, this does not mean we want anything to do with her in the profession.
This was a career-ending action. There is no place in this field for a colleague who thinks it is 1. appropriate to do this in the first place and 2. post it on social media. There just isn’t.
Had she simply disappeared under the radar and gone on to find a job in a non animal-related field, I would never have even written about the case. But she didn’t. She is fighting to keep her license. The VIN News Service is sharing the testimony on Facebook and it is alternatively sad and horrible and infuriating.
She is continuing to try and justify her actions based on what she thought the cat was (feral, intact, rabid, it keeps morphing.) There are no justifying conditions.
She is arguing that if she loses her Texas license, she will not be able to get licensed anywhere else, that she is unemployable. That is a consequence she brought upon herself. The only remorse she has expressed is for herself.
She has forced a hearing at which the presumptive owners of Tiger have to come in with lawyers, be cross-examined, and again view what happened to the cat. She is continuing to cause distress to these people by forcing them to participate in this hearing.
I will continue to state forcefully and with great passion that I do not think violence, or even threats of violence, are an appropriate response to a violent act. But I will also state forcefully and with great passion that Dr. Lindsey, we do not want you in our profession representing what we work so hard to do every day to better the lives of people and animals.
It doesn’t really matter what the board decides in terms of your license, I highly doubt you will ever practice again. So please, for the sake of everyone involved, please- stop this fight to stay within the field. You’ve already shown yourself out.
It’s not just pretty girls at the Cannes Film Festival – beagles go too!
This is the year the 17-year periodical cicadas (Magicicada) emerge in most of West Virginia.
The first sign they are coming is holes in the ground, where the nymphs emerge from their 17-year sojourn in the underworld.
The climb up the nearest tree, and the winged adult form bursts out the nymph’s thorax.
Yay, big news I finally get to announce-
I’m a Season 3 Expert on Nat Geo’s Animals Gone Wild!
I shot the episodes over several days at the end of last year, giving commentary on a bunch of wild animal videos. (None, by the way, showing people harming or doing irresponsible things, which was a condition of accepting the gig.)
It airs Fridays at 9/8 C on NatGeo Wild starting this week- please tune in!! I hope you enjoy it! And for those of you who are in on the bandwagon of the Instagram celeb vet who used to be a model, he’s one of the other experts too, so there’s something for everyone.
But if you tell the channel how much you love the experts, do me a solid and add in “especially the lady vet.”
I don’t know if anyone noticed it or not, but a few months, I deleted my entire blogroll. Many of these blogs were still in good standing with me, and some I still link to in prominent posts.
But as I’ve searched for a new direction for this blog, I felt the best thing to do is just cut it all loose.
As far as I can tell, I have been able to ascertain that I have had very few readers stick it out for all 8 years that I’ve been writing here. Falling outs are common, especially if the whole way to get hits on your blog is to be controversial and nasty.
I am also finished with discussing politics here, but if you go to my Facebook group, you pretty much can’t avoid it. I even updated its description so people will know what might be coming at them.
But on this particular place on the internet, I’m not going to engage in this discussion anymore.
It’s not that I cannot handle myself in a political disagreement. In fact, I’d rather be talking about actual politics than the bizarre world of dog people and their various schisms.
I also am fully aware that as I’ve begun to change what I do on this blog, I’m going to lose readers. A lot of people want me to write about the same things I wrote about in the past, and I could do that.
But I’m a different person now than I was even two or three years ago.
If you want shock jock machine gunning against all the perceived bad guys in the world of dogs, there are better places to go.
I know I don’t write here as much or as often as I once did. Part of it is because I’m no longer as emotionally invested in it all, and there are already thousands of other blogs who do a better job than I ever could.
The old way that I used to operate is now obsolete.
I know now that I’ve said my final farewell to the old blog, but developing a new direction is turning out to be more difficult.
I can see what needs to be, but I can’t quite make it work just yet.
It may yet come around.
I spent most of the day today at the Stark County Exceptional Olympics, an annual event showcasing the athletic skills of special needs students from 10 area school districts. I’ve gone to Exceptional Olympics nearly every one of the past 15 years, and this year I was lucky enough to meet Gunner, who was at […]
Four pet foods tested… all four positive for hair!!!
Those foods were:
Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition Chicken Flavor
9 Lives Plus Care Cat Food
Beneful Incredibites with Real Beef Dog Food
Friskies Indoor Delights Cat Food