March 10, 2015 12:00 pm -

[su_right_ad]That’s what you get for doing the right thing.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports Todd Sutton was working on part of a $610 million renovation project at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in February when he came to work one morning and discovered the animal in the trap.

Webcor, the company overseeing the project, had reportedly called in animal control specialists to trap the raccoons at the site because the animals were causing damage.

Sutton knew that the trapped raccoons would be hauled off and euthanized so he decided to act.

“I was just doing what I thought was right,” Sutton said. “He was just a little baby. I said, ‘I’m not going to let this happen. I’m going to do what is necessary for this raccoon.’”

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11 responses to Carpenter Fired After Freeing Trapped Animal At Construction Site

  1. fahvel March 10th, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    M.Sutton, vous etes un ange!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • AmusedAmused March 10th, 2015 at 6:03 pm

      De la rage et de la peste.

      • fahvel March 11th, 2015 at 4:23 am

        definition des republicans et eu contre la vie.

        • AmusedAmused March 11th, 2015 at 11:46 am

          Ce sont les Républicains qui s’opposent aux mesures conçues pour protéger la santé publique. Voyez Colorado Springs.

  2. rg9rts March 10th, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    I guess catch and release isn’t in their lexicon

  3. Suzanne McFly March 10th, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    At least someone has some sort of empathy for others.

  4. AmusedAmused March 10th, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    That’s nice, except raccoons carry a lot of diseases. Raccoons are the primary carriers of the rabies virus, which has a 92% mortality rate in infected humans. (And even those 8% who do not die, survive with lifelong neurological residuals, which range from speech problems to quadriplegia.) So while I understand his opposition to having the raccoon euthanized, releasing it in a populated area is kind of inhumane to, you know, humans — especially considering that children are the ones most likely to get bitten by one.

    This is also the reason why owners of urban cites are REQUIRED by law to combat pests, and face steep fines from municipal authorities if they fail to do so. (As well as personal injury lawsuits by people bitten on private property.)

    If the worker was that concerned for the animal, he should have transported the racoon to the countryside himself. Releasing it in the city was dumb and dangerous, and, in my opinion, a sufficient justification for firing him.

    • arc99 March 10th, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      Raccoons inhabit populated areas of San Francisco and Oakland.

      I lived in the San Francisco Twin Peaks neighborhood for years. Raccoons were a common sight on my evening strolls to the Safeway.

      In my opinion it is not stupid to release a raccoon into an environment where they are already living. Also in my opinion, firing this man is symptomatic of a great deal that is wrong in this country, e.g. kindness always takes a back seat to financial interests.

      • AmusedAmused March 10th, 2015 at 8:26 pm

        This is an argument similar to the ones anti-vaxxers use, “I’m fine without shots, so others shouldn’t get them either.” Cities used to be the natural environment for rats, but we’ve greatly reduced their populations and continue killing them, because rats tend to carry fleas infected with plague bacilli. It may be unkind, but a highly contagious disease that speed-rots and liquifies your insides is even unkinder. And, just because an area is the natural habitat for some pest animal doesn’t mean that animal is harmless; so before you get completely immersed in this naturalistic fallacy, take a moment and think about how it is that you live in one of the most densely populated places on earth and you’ve never seen one of those epidemics that used to be a normal, natural aspect of urban living before all those burdensome, unkind public health laws.

        That said, well-meaning people often do stupid things with wild animals in the name of “kindness”, that result in harm to both humans and the environment. So, the evil capitalists in this case should have violated public health laws and safety regs by hosting raccoons on their site. Maybe they should have left food for them, for kindness, so that two or three raccoons would become dozens, then hundreds. And then they should have shut down construction and turned the site into a raccoon sanctuary, because it’s more virtuous than construction for profit. And kept all the construction workers on the payroll without there being any construction, because kindness. That’s exactly how human society works, as all the virtuous commenters who have never worked for money know first-hand.

    • Candide Thirtythree March 12th, 2015 at 5:57 pm

      He was trying to take it to the woods, that is why it was still in his truck, he was going to go after work.

  5. tracey marie March 11th, 2015 at 12:02 am

    The pupose of using humane traps is relocation, the fact that the company kills them is reprehensible