LETTERS: Compassion for animals; World laughs at America; Coverage criticized

Compassion for animals

Each year, thousands of animals suffer the consequences of animal abuse. This mistreatment can come in many different forms, such as physically punishing animals, forcing them to fight, excessively breeding them for profit, keeping them in unsanitary conditions, depriving them of food or water and even leaving them locked in a car with no airconditioning under the scorching Texas sun.

Animal cruelty is a felony in the state of Texas and we have a moral obligation to report animal abuse if we witness it. Disturbing reports of animal cruelty in the Rio Grande Valley should motivate us to raise awareness about this ever-important issue.

Furthermore, a household with animal abuse is often a signal of domestic violence. According to the Humane Society of the United States, in 71-83% of domestic abuse cases, women “report that their partners hurt or killed the family pet.”

Last Congress, I cosponsored House Resolution 909, the Pet and Women Safety Act, which seeks to include pets in domestic violence protections and provide money to shelters to welcome survivors with pets. I was pleased to see this included in the 2018 Farm Bill, which was signed into law in December 2018.

This Congress, I again cosponsored HR 724, the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, as another step to crackdown on the mistreatment of pets. This legislation would strengthen the 2010 “crush video” law by enforcing the ban on the creation, sale and distribution of videos displaying animals being abused.

It is incumbent upon our local and state officials to be vigilant and enforce all applicable laws designed to protect animals from harm and punish those who hurt them. I ask that all law enforcement and local officials in the 15th District of Texas continue working together to prevent animal abuse and protect our furry friends.

Caring for animals is a commitment. They require time, love, patience and money. Not everyone is suited to own a pet and often should not. Before adopting an animal consider long-term plans and whether you can afford their medical bills in addition to your monthly expenses. To me, pets are family and should be treated as such.

No person should ever intentionally inflict pain on a living creature. I know that my fellow South Texans will join me in support of this cause and be a powerful voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.

U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez

Washington, D.C.

World laughs at America

I read Doyle McManus’ commentary about his disdain for our president (Sept. 24). He showed what the far left is all about, and it’s not America.

What is wrong telling the truth?

The president is right when he says the world is laughing at us. Why are we protecting ships we don’t own, carrying oil we don’t need for allies who won’t help, but they want us to protect them against Russia or China in case they should attack them.

We are not the world’s piggy bank and it’s about time the far left understand that and act like they are Americans.

Bill Rouillier


Coverage criticized

In the era of fake news, I’m not surprised that The Monitor would print a story on the front page subtitled, “Religious groups gather to support women’s right to choose” (Oct. 3).

No religion that serves and honors God can support abortion. To add insult to injury, the so-called minister stated that, “It is important for all of us across the U.S. to understand that life does not begin at conception.”

I am insulted and angry that any newspaper would print, on its front page no less, articles that promote lies about the sanctity of life and our Creator.

Ileana Vicinaiz


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