The Point: Pets and Priorities

Here’s why I love NPR. No wait, scratch that. For the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

Joel Rose of National Public Radio reports on a New Jersey proposal to ban what many consider a “painful and barbaric” medical practice. Professionals who’ve done it for years say it’s beginning to bother them.

“It’s “mutilation,” said one.

“It’s a matter of convenience, as opposed to anything dealing with …physical well-being,” said another.

It “should only be done as a last resort” confessed a third.

Now you might be thinking these doctors are talking about abortion. But they’re vets referring to declawing cats, which one New Jersey lawmaker thinks should to be banned.

Now, I’ve no interest in the declawing debate. But I’m struck how unacceptable this very same language would be on NPR if it were doctors refusing to abort unborn human children. We should of course value the well-being of animals. But our society’s blatant disregard for human life is more than troubling.

If we speak up for kitties but find the cat’s got our tongue when it comes to babies, we need to rethink our priorities.


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