Ethics

When profit ranks before morality

News item: Kevin Falcon, former BC Liberal Minister of deregulation, applauds Prime Minister Harper on plan to reduce business regulations. Falcon says,

“. . . regulations are job killers, plain and simple, and right now, our business community needs every opportunity to be successful in some really challenging times.”

Throughout his career in government, Falcon has worked to reduce regulation of business. With fewer rules to follow and no inspectors overlooking operations, business and industry in British Columbia can more easily thrive and prosper.

One of those business sectors operated in Whistler where smart guys aimed to prosper by taking Olympics visitors on dog sled tours. There were few regulations to ensure proper care for hundreds of dogs. No regulations required business owners to develop an exit strategy for when both snow and visitors disappeared. Sure enough, by April one company had tired of feeding animals that couldn’t earn their keep. The resulting slaughter offends everyone, perhaps excepting those who believe that business must be given every opportunity to “thrive and prosper in these really challenging times.”

Jon Ferry of the Province looks behind the scene:

“The mass slaughter of Whistler sled dogs last April stands out as an extreme case of man’s inhumanity to animals. It also serves as a striking example of a virulent modern disease. . . avoidance of responsibility syndrome, a disorder all too common in our society.

“Thanks to lawyers, shrinks and other blame-avoidance specialists, folks continually are being allowed to duck responsibility for their actions.

“. . . But the killer did have a choice. He could at least have euthanized them as humanely as possible. Instead, he opted to do it with all the subtlety of a slasher movie, with fear building among the animals as he carried out the cull.

“. . . the slaughter was avoidable, at least the way it went down April 21 and 23, with still-live dogs crawling around a mass grave. . .

“Starting with this extreme animal-abuse case, however, I believe there needs to be a thorough cleanup of the sled-dog industry — though not a ban on it as has been suggested — and an overall tightening of B.C. animal-cruelty laws.”

Yes Jon, because some people put profit ahead of morality, regulations are appropriate. What was the operator’s plan for these dogs from the start? This business followed the same principles that BP Oil followed when it eliminated safe procedures to maintain production and save costs. Dumping hazardous waste on Alaska`s North Slope, spilling oil from corroded pipelines in Alaska, releasing toxic chemical emissions in Texas or gushing oil from the Deepwater Horizon drill rig were by-products of that choice.

Categories: Ethics, Kevin Falcon

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  1. Those who put profits at the top of their priority list have no idea that they have no empathy, having never experienced any. This is what all the fuss has been about since the Libs came into power. No empathy there. They just don't give a flying fig about people or any other living thing. Just their wallets. Kevin amongst them…..

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  2. Slaughtering those beautiful dogs, is the most disgusting, vile incident, I have ever heard of, in mans abuse of animals. There are all kinds of dogsled clubs, all across Canada and the U.S. There are many, who search for trained sled dogs. Those dogs could have been placed, by the S.P.C.A. I would have taken one of those dogs to foster, had I known. I hope they throw the book, at the s.o.b's responsible. Is there nothing decent in this province anymore? We have seen very little of decency in BC, since Campbell has been in office.

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