Can we send the donkeys of Fort Worth a little more love? (Get all the “Tijuana matinee” jokes out of your system now, please). With the third donkey killed by an arrow in the city’s far north rural area in about 18 months, it’d be nice to whip up a decent outrage at the brutal killings of these sweet, smart animals. I knew a guy in Denton in the late ‘80s who owned a couple of donkeys, and they are loyal, loving creatures. But they don’t rate very high on the CCAS (Cute Cuddly Animal Scale) that typically determines the public’s reaction to animal abuse.
That’s a shame. Their deaths deserve at least as much outcry as the recent dog shootings by area police. Those prompted Arlington cops to institute training for officers on how to “read” canine behavior. The police have a lot on their plates, and I’m not sure if pausing to interpret whether a charging dog’s snarl is merely grumpy or actually threatening should be added to that pile. But outraged pet owners were mollified by the new training. Let’s hope the donkey killings receive similar priority. Donkeys need a better p.r. agent. They might not be as common pet-wise as dogs, but they deserve just as much compassion.