Animal Cruelty Is Deplorable
I was going to write a very different article today, however, I saw a posting on Facebook this morning that I just can’t get out of my head. I was going to post the picture here for you to see, but I couldn’t find it again. That’s probably for the best though, because you most likely wouldn’t be able to get it out of your head either.
Cruelty Like I’ve Never Seen Before
The posting I saw first thing this this morning was horrible. It was a picture of a dog. Apparently, some teenagers thought it would be funny to put lit firecrackers in the dog’s mouth. There were several pictures of the dog after it happened.
The Thing Is…
He/she didn’t die. They showed this poor dog with blood gushing out of its mouth, and I just can’t get over the fact that, 1) it happened in the first place, and 2) someone just stood there taking pictures of the poor thing!
What the hell is the matter with people!
I cannot get those pictures out of my head. There wasn’t just one picture either. There were about 5 or 6 of them. What was the purpose of doing this? What did those teenagers really get out of it? I mean, what did they think they accomplished? And WHY?
According to the Humane Society, there are approximately 1 million animals that get abused just during domestic disturbances each year. I don’t know how other people are, but to me, my animals have always been a part of our family. We love them, we feed them, we give them shelter, and we grieve when they die. Just as we do for other members of our families.
According to the National Link Coalition, “…animal abuse used to be trivialized by people saying, “It’s only a dog!” or “Boys will be boys!”. leaders now recognize that cruelty, abuse or neglect in any form should be taken seriously. Animal maltreatment is often “the tip of the iceberg” and the first warning sign of an individual or family in trouble.”
Resources for Animal Cruelty
The following is a list of resources found on the Animal League Defense Fund website:
- Animal Protection Laws of the United States of America and Canada
- Confronting Animal Neglect in America: Current Law and Future Possibilities
- Solutions to Long Term Cases in States Without Pre-Conviction Forfeiture Provision
- More Animal Protection Laws Collection
- Legal Advocates Manual for Animal Abuse Criminal Cases
- ADLF’s Criminal Justice Program
- Animal Hoarding Facts
- Issues in Animal Neglect Cases
- Veterinarian’s Role in Reporting Animal Cruelty
Animals need to be protected from harm, and it’s up to us, all of us, to protect them. If you see an animal being abused, report it! These are defenseless creatures that only want to be loved. Visit the World Animal Net Directory to identify the Animal Control agency, humane society, or SPCA in your community. You may have to ask a few departments to determine which one has law enforcement powers to investigate cases.
Let’s love them the way we’re supposed to.
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