For a nation that’s supposedly one of the most advanced in the world, we are absolutely pathetic when it comes to animal welfare. There is no one organization that keeps track of animal abuse statistics, and it would probably be completely inaccurate anyway. Just like with domestic abuse and rape, animal abuse goes way, way, under-reported. What does THAT say about our society?
I will admit it – I am a TOTAL breed snob. I truly believe that Labradors are the greatest breed ever and you will never get me to change my tune on that. That being said though, there aren’t too many breeds, including mutts, I don’t love. There are plenty of breeds I don’t trust for various reasons, but dogs are what we humans make them. Irresponsible breeding, puppy mill conditions, abuse, neglect, and just plain nasty human nature will ensure animal shelter workers will always have job security.
So what do we do to change the culture? Education and spay/neuter programs are a drop in the bucket compared to the abuse and overpopulation problem. But as a nation, WE CANNOT GIVE UP. Can’t afford to donate? Go ahead and donate your time, that won’t cost you anything except a few hours of your time. You just may end up with a new furry friend, too. 🙂 See someone abusing an animal? Step in! Or at the very least, call the police. Know about a secret dog-fighting ring? Call it in! You can always remain anonymous. Whatever you do, JUST DO SOMETHING.
As dramatic as it may sound, it has been proven time and time again that some of the world’s most notorious serial killers started young with abusing and killing animals. Oftentimes, they were victims of abuse themselves. How many animals, and later, humans, might still be alive had someone paid attention to how f-ed up Jeffrey Dahmer was when he was just a kid? And those are just the ones we KNOW about. Feeling a little nauseous now? You should be. I know I am.
But then you have people like this. People like Eddie Alvarez who travel to the Everglades every day in an attempt to rescue poor animals who have been dumped there by uncaring, stupid people, who think nothing of the pythons, alligators, and any number of other various predators that call this giant swamp home.
I’m going to get down off my soapbox now and leave you with this thought. How we treat “lower” life forms is a reflection of who we are and what we consider important. For a girl who grew up afraid of dogs and now can’t imagine ever living without them, that’s a big deal. A REALLY big deal. So take a moment and think – what does your opinion of animals say about you?
Enjoy the ride.
Have you ever witnessed animal abuse? What did you do about it? Do you agree how we treat animals is a reflection upon us? What do/would you do to help save an animal?