The editor of the times-colonist replied to my e-mail and said it's a humor column. Not to mention that he was rather cocky about it as well. I went back to it and I don't see anything stating that it was written in humor. We all know that if any article of that sort was written toward dogs many dog lovers would be irate about it as well.
Where anybody finds humor in animal cruelty or the suggestion of it is beyond me.