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Clerking Cody

Cody, a brown Labrador retriever “worked” at the Clearwater gas station convenience store in Florida. He wore a clerk shirt and had a nametag; he looked just like the other clerks working in the store. Customers often came to the store to visit Cody, who had become famous and widely loved. However, two days ago, a health inspector said that Cody had to leave because he could contaminate the food the store sold, even though all foods were of the packaged type. It’s true that the dog is touching the counters where foods are placed during checkout, but there are ways for the owner to keep the place sanitized. For example, surfaces could be sanitized more often. But more importantly, many people have dogs at home all day, yet sanitation issues are not even taken as seriously. I don’t have a dog at home, but don’t they also touch places where we put food? Dogs touch us too, but we aren’t worried about getting sick. Why is it that a not-at-home dog is seen as a threat to the cleanliness of food? The owner came to a conclusion that it could have been Cody’s fame that caused the inspector’s surprise visit. Someone up top, as mentioned in the article, probably called for the inspection after watching the news. Is it right for animals to work in jobs that humans do (Cody did indeed “work” because he attracted a lot of customers to the store)? Perhaps someone saw Cody as a threat to human superiority or a symbol of the undermining of human jobs.

200,000 lb. Carp & Poisoned River vs. $7 Billion

Crew member searching for Asian carp

Fish may seem like emotionless creatures, but they are living things. However, humans sometimes fail to take this into consideration, blinded by their self-interest. I recently found an article about Illinois officials dumping poison into the Chicago River to kill the Asian carp. And what for? So that maintenance could be performed on an electrical barrier that keeps the fish out of the Great Lakes. Around 200,000 pounds of dead fish are estimated to be collected. This action raises a lot of questions mainly between morality and human lifestyle. You see, if the carp were to get into the Great Lakes, they would destroy the lakes’ lucrative fishing industry ($7 billion) by depleting the bottom of the food chain. It is ironic how authorities say they hope to prevent an “ecological disaster” when they are killing so many fish. In reality, they are not trying to prevent an “ecological disaster”, but instead a “human disaster”. Apparently, the fish are just sacrifices for the interests of humans. But what bothers me more is the officials’ audacity to pour poison into what is considered to be not just the fish’s water but also our water. Okay we always talk about saving the environment and not polluting, yet the officials who hope to prevent a disaster in nature are polluting the water with 2000 pounds of poison. The poison is meant to only kill fish, but how can these myopic people not see that there are greater effects of poisoning our own water? Can they not see what it can do to us? In my opinion, I would not compromise the carp and the river’s ecosystem just for the $7 billion industry. It just doesn’t seem worth it. We’re dealing with an alteration in not one variable in the ecosystem but multiple. The short run goal of saving our industry cannot even come close to the potentially dangerous long run consequences.