This is a national disgrace and a crime against nature and indigenous species, as many scientific studies have now clearly documented. DEAR DR. FOX: My wife and I no longer have animals, but when our children were young, we had a dog, hamsters and even a tarantula. -- T.N., South Bend, IndianaDEAR DR. FOX: I agree we are in a culture war -- one I never saw coming! Namely, we are seeing the rise of a third political party in the U.S. and in other countries. These increasingly dysfunctional democracies are learning that they cannot serve two masters -- unbridled capitalism and the public good.