Armchair Mayor

By: Mel Rothenburger

Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). He continued to write columns for The Daily News until it ceased publication Jan. 11, 2014, and did regular commentary for CBC Radio.

Giving animals the benefit of the precautionary principle

January 27, 2018 - 5:15am

KAMLOOPS — One snowy evening two winters ago, I happened to look out a window towards our hay shed, a couple of hundred steps from the house.

A motion-sensor light on the shed suddenly came on as a feral cat who’d been living there emerged from the hay bales and began playing with snowflakes, leaping high into the air and swatting at them, repeating the process over and over.

My heart went out to him at that moment, for here was a creature, living alone, with only himself for sustenance and company, finding genuine pleasure in a game of his own creation.