The Mary T. and
Frank L. Hoffman
Family Foundation


Letters and Responses

Letter from Dwella Smicky Concerning the Death of Animals - 17 Aug 2004

Hi, my name is Dewella and I am against animal abuse. However, I do have one question that I haven't had answered yet and was wondering if you could help me with it. I don't like the killing of animals at all but know that it does happen even outside of slaughter house and research labs. For example...road kill. Do you have any suggestions on what you should do if you hit and kill and animal or if an animal dies of uncontrollable reason? I have hit and killed animals before. I have also saved animals that others have hit but not killed by taking them to wildlife facilities and to the vet.

I've even picked up a collie that was hit before my eyes and the driver kept going. I found the owner of the dog and it was a happy ending. I do have a suggestion if you don't have any. My father is big into native American things. We don't believe in killing animals however. He makes jewelry out of bird feathers. He's never killed a bird and never plans to.

A cardinal ran into his car and it died. He plunk a FEW feathers and then gave it a proper burial. I just want to know if there's anything that we as humans can do with animals that do die. I feel that hitting and animal and leaving it is even WORSE than slaughter houses and such because the animal is being kill for NO reason. There has to be something we can do so that premature "natural" animal death isn't such a waste. Please let me know.

Thank You.

Dewella Schmidt

Reply from Frank L. Hoffman

Dear Dewella:

Thank you for your letter, compassion, and question.

Probably the most important aspect about what to do with animals that die naturally or in accidents is the dignity of the animals. To leave them on the road is disrespectful of their lives. We pick them up and put them off the side of the road in the grass or wooded areas. we also say a little prayer for God to receive them.

Your father's taking a few feathers is a kind of memorial, as people sometimes take a lock of hair from a loved one.

In the Love of the Lord,


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