A reader new to this subject could get the wrong idea and surmise that the city voluntarily had HSUS come in. Nothing could be further from the truth. The other “animal activists” who were so generously quoted had absolutely nothing to do with my painful and costly litigation and struggle to reform euthanasia and the other cruel animal handling practices at AAS. Viki Elkey's group, APNM, actually fought me every step of the way. Speaking of groups, everyone's was mentioned, except mine. I am the president of a nonprofit humane organization called Justice For Animals. I alone am responsible for the discovery and exposure of cruelty at Albuquerque Animal Services. The article only fleetingly mentions me as a generic animal activist who requested euthanasia tapes. Just because my fight against the cruelty at AAS was ugly and has lasted six years, is no reason to rewrite history in one of your articles. Thank you for letting me vent.
Let me be clear: Absolutely no one should live in substandard and unsafe housing, but simply tearing a place down without addressing the social problems that have come to roost within its walls — precisely those that our community has ignored for decades — isn’t a solution either. It won’t make my neighborhood safer, even if it would make space for pretty new lofts and attractive businesses.
No one should have to live in unsafe housing. And neighborhoods have a right to be free of nuisance properties. The point is that for those individuals and families that, for whatever reason, call these places home and who, through no fault of their own, are being forced to move, they deserve proper notification and assistance finding a better, more affordable place to live.
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