DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE TERM ANIMAL RIGHTS

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Animal "rights" is a good thing


I read a hub earlier today which inspired me to share with you my understanding and support of animal welfare, animal rights, and animal protection. All of these disciplines represent avenues which we, caring members of organized groups, utilize in our desire to exact change inspired and encouraged through a more thorough understanding of our place on earth and the terms, “animal rights,” “animal welfare,” and “animal protection.”

While beginning a comment to one writer on hub pages, two more articles appeared which I will use to illustrate this article. When reading these hubs, one will, hopefully, gain a deeper understanding of the term “rights” when applied to sentient beings other than the human being. This is my hope. (links at bottom of this article)

I understand that these terms offend or repel some people. Please, bear with me as I try to disarm the more frightening and off putting aspects while defining, in an every day, useful way, the heart of the matter.

There are many organized groups worldwide which play a major or minor part in the quest to change the condition of animals. Some are “activist” oriented, some are “educational and outreach” oriented, several offer legal advice and guidance when issues regarding animals arise and others are hands on, no kill animal sanctuaries. Smaller groups, mostly supported by local city or county governments, known as animal shelters or pounds, are primarily designed to accept animals taken from the streets or relinquished by people who no longer wish to have them.

There is a major difference between the local animal shelter and the larger, nationwide animal organizations which include the ASPCA. SPCA, In Defense of Animals, PETA, American Humane Society, Animal Legal Defense Fund, among others. Local shelters, do provide temporary housing, food, along with minimal medical attention to abandoned, unwanted animals. This is a very good thing. Usually staffed primarily with volunteers, these small organizations do their best to place animals in permanent homes through local newspaper advertisements, fund raising events, etc. Not all small, local animal shelters are the same and not all are as good or conscientious as others. Some are no kill; others give animals only 3 days of life before being euthanized. It all depends upon so many variables including physical space to house the cats and dogs, funds available for upkeep such as food, medical care, litter and dog run space, and money needed for overhead costs including power, water, and other necessary daily needs. Volunteers, often, are hard to find and keep given the atmosphere surrounding these facilities due to the practice of euthanizing healthy but unwanted animals.

This said, I feel the need to add a bit of information about the larger organizations which exist across this country and worldwide. Many of these are dedicated to the education of people with the goal of changing attitudes towards animals; viewing animals as more valuable than is typical thus resulting in (a desired effect) better treatment and caretaking, overall, of our companion animals. The concept of not "owning" an animal is one of the terms which, by definition, tends to describe an animal as a 'thing.' This, in itself, lends to the misconception that animals have no inherent 'feeling' or are unlike us rather than more similar to us. Organizations wish to change the definition of the relationship between people and animals we've chosen to include in our households; our families. To "own" is vastly different than to "care for" or "have as a companion." Some might think that semantics are just that; semantics but, the premise is that, once considering and applying a different paradigm to our relationship with companion animals, we will begin to regard them w/more respect and love, seeing our animal friends as deserving the intrinsic 'right' to live a good, happy and healthy life much as we wish for ourselves.

Many large animal welfare/protection/”rights” organizations spend huge amounts of time and effort in educational pursuits and outreach programs as well as national television advertisements in an attempt to inform the public that there is a better, more humane way to relate to animals in our midst. These groups also branch out into additional areas of concerns about animals including sea life, wild life, etc. The ultimate goal is to create, through awareness and ideology; a new paradigm; one which includes other sentient animals (I say “other” because, dear reader; we are animals, too) in our circle of compassion as well as equality.

Animal 'rights' is often misunderstood as a political or philosophical term. It is...and, more importantly, is not. The true meaning of this phrase is incorporated in this thought: that animals have the right to their OWN life, their OWN preferences, to live out their lives to a natural end. By this, I mean, to enjoy the same “expectations” (if you will) that we do. We do not expect that our lives will be cut short because no one loves us at the moment. We do not expect that our lives will be ended because we have grown old or because we serve no (perceived) useful purpose.

One might suggest that, because it is commonly thought that animals are “not as intelligent” as we are; they, therefore, are not endowed with an innate ‘right to life.’ This specious argument has served to end many an animal’s life, over time, because we’ve given ourselves the right to decide this fate based on an incorrect assumption.

If we were to extrapolate from the above example to those among us who do not have the gift of mental ‘superiority,' or are intellectually impaired then, might we also believe that such a human life can be taken due to the fact that a lack of “intelligence” has rendered that person unable to contribute, unable to communicate, unable to perform as the average person does, so, therefore, their life is without value? I think not. I certainly hope not.

Imagine this: because we (proverbial 'we') have no room for or just don't want to be bothered w/that puppy, dog, cat or kitten, that animal's life might be in jeopardy because of this and, therefore, might be carted off to a 'shelter' or 'pound' w/a very small chance of being adopted. Once the time is up; that life is ended...simply because we deemed them so unimportant and because there is no penalty for this attitude towards the hapless and unwanted cat, kitten, dog, puppy. We suffer no consequences for our actions which, most likely, will cause the death the relinquished animal. For convenience.

My question is; "do we have this right? Is it our position and place in this world to determine whether another living being lives or dies at our pleasure? Because we have no "use" for them. Remember, we are a part of the "animal overpopulation" of unwanted companion animals; we have taken them into our homes, caused their life span to be extended through providing nutritious foods and shelter, and we've ignored, for the most part, our responsibility to spay and neuter. Therefore, animals are at our mercy, to a large extent, because of our role in the new definition of their lives.

I am aware that many find this ‘new definition’ of our relationship to animals threatening. We feel we may lose something if we relinquish our position of holding the top ranking in the hierarchy of life….our “superiority.” I believe the very translation of what it means to hold this position, to view ourselves as “above” other animals, and how this defines the ways in which we relate to other species, is where the fear factor emerges; takes on new significance. Perhaps, we can exhibit our 'superiority' in other ways rather than through domination.

Another response to this new paradigm is anger, defense; a primal urge to ‘defend’ our position because we have come to rely upon the separation of ourselves and the rest of the physical earth. This division provides food, sport, entertainment, pleasure, amusement, clothing, and more.

Since primeval times, mankind has depended upon animals for such things. We had not evolved; we were emerging from sheer instinct to a point in our history where we began to make tools, to discover and use fire; to remain in one place (as hunters/fishers) rather than being nomadic foragers and gatherers. We had reached the “next step” in our evolutionary climb. But, we're still growing..it's not time to stop, yet. We must take that next, evolutionary step and, personally, I think this one should include a giant leap in spiritual growth as regards the entire earth and inhabitants.

I contend that evolution is an ongoing constant. It didn’t stop at a certain point, not to be questioned or explored. You see, now, we are aware of this fact of life. Now, we can imagine; we are able to consider what might be thel next logical as well as beneficial (for all) step.

Looking back it is obvious that many many of our past behaviors are no longer necessary; no longer useful and, as a matter of fact, pretty brutal and ignorant. Might it, also, be possible to look in to the distant and not so distant future of our own kind; our planet? Might we conclude that our continued existence is not dependent upon other sentient beings, that, in fact, our behaviors are now driven by choice and not necessity. And, in realizing this, might we extend the olive branch to those creatures whom we have used in the past? Could it be that we reach an understanding that survival is not tied to the death of other species and, possibly, our experience here on earth could be, potentially, ’better’ over all if we were to alter those choices? Rise above instinctual urges, remove ourselves from primal fears … walk softly on this earth while we live and let live?

Something to think about.

http://jy3502.hubpages.com/hub/Animal-Cruelty-is-a-Crime

http://maralexa.hubpages.com/hub/Synthetic-Ivory-More-Beautiful-than-Antique-Ivory

http://dinag.hubpages.com/hub/Baby-Seal-Clubbing-Cruelty-to-Animals

http://barbsbitsnpieces.hubpages.com/hub/Thoroughbred-Racing-and-Unwanted-Horses-Rescue

http://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2011/07/30/check_out_the_lady_with_700_cats_tonig

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Comments 78 comments

Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

Though I'm not directly involved with animal rights, I feel obliged to raise voice against inhumane treatment of animals. (I have written couple of articles and publicly castigated animal sacrifice in Hindu temples in Nepal) But unfortunately I'm also a farmer, I have a pen of chicken and goat.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Binaya....I'm not castigating anyone ... or trying to draw devisive lines between us..there are so many circumstances which preclude and circumvent my "ideal," that I am not so naieve to believe everything is perfect...or ideally perfect according to my definition. I love you ... do not think I'd judge..I don't...and, btw...I am not perfect nor do I always live up to my own ideas of what is 'right.' Bless you for your uncandid and very valued honesty!!


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

Incredibly detailed and passionate argument for the rights of animals. You could write and argue cases in court. Awesome...


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Thank you my dear Augustine...coming from you, one who is so intelligent, I take this as a great vote of confidence! Thank you so much! Very very valued.


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Eric Prado 5 years ago from Webster, Texas

Great hub! I support animal rights! voted way up! =)


marellen 5 years ago

If we didn't have the pound what would these poor animals do for salvation? Can we live with cats, dogs and other animals roaming the streets, finding food where they can? I think we need to educate people who buy or decide to get a pet on their responsibility towards ownership because these animals depend on us

humans. What is your solution?

Great hub.....you definitely got me thinking...


vietnamvet68 5 years ago

HI Kathy, To sum it all up, we were put on this Earth as care takers (CARE TAKERS) this means taking care of ourselves and our needs and also taking care and protecting all Gods Creatures. Great hub, voted up ,up, up

God Bless


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Hi Kathy,

As usual your writing and arguments are superb!

You touch the heartstrings with clarity, honesty and compassion. This hub is awesome!

I agree of course with everything you have said. The fact is that animal conservation for example, is not as many people believe, all about animals. It is about saving and protecting the whole environment and food chains for humans and their fellow creatures. When we damage the environment, the animal food chain breaks down - who is at the top of this food chain? Humans! And ultimately it will be detrimental to us. I don't understand why people can't see this. Because we love animals and move for conservation, we are not a fluffy bunny brigade, but a group of many thousands from all over the world who care about the whole planet - environment, animals and last but certainly not least humans. I think your beautiful hub has demonstrated this so well and I'm sure your heartfelt message will reach the hearts and minds of many more! Voted up + awesome.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

hello Eric and welcome to this site. Of course, I am with you 100%...I know this is a very difficult and, sometimes, contentious subject but, this is where my heart is so, I'll take the risk. I do not, by any means have the answer to all the questions which arise from a hub such as this but, there is always "step one." A beginnig...to wonder, to consider; to think about something which may cause upset or one's hair to raise on end. No harm or disrespect ever meant..just a little bit of thought provoking discourse. Thank you Eric


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

marellen, you are so right! if we didn't have the shelters (some refer to as pounds) where in the world would all the unwanted and abandoned animals go? Excellent question and this is, indeed, why shelters DO exist. I know most do their very best to place animals. I, of course, would LOVE that everyone who can, SPAY & NEUTER their companion animals. If, by accident, puppies or kittens are born; then, please make the greatest effort to place them in good homes. Hopefully, "no kill" shelters would become the rule and not the exception...but it takes everyone's efforts to reach this desired goal.

My friend, Al, and I have an animal rescue shelter in SE Kansas...not our immediate intention nor something we were prepared for but, sadly, the animals started to appear. Our local shelter is a 3 day only one so, I could not turn over an animal knowing that, in doing so, I'd be displacing others and, also, there would be little chance for adoption. so...10 acres have been turned into the sanctuary..I know most..in fact 99% of us cannot do this for so many reasons but...first and foremost in this life; this is my mission.

I know I risk loosing some followers or turning some away but, it's a risk I'm willing to take for this cause; which is my life's purpose.

Much regards and respect and, thank you so much, Marellen, for your honest and well considered comment.

Kathy


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Bless you Steve...vietnamvet68....to have come from your path and have such a good heart is something to celebrate! I appreciate your kind words...yes; care takers and dominion...not domination. bless you as always, Steve...and, by extension..Bobbirant


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Seeker..bless you for your compassionate and well founded, caring comment. Yes...you've said it perfectly. People who care about earth, animals and, by extension, people are, by a huge %, incredibly intelligent as well as conscientions. The "bunny brigade" image is unfortunate but, sadly, used as an excuse to discredit. That's ok...step by step, through education and an attempt to elicit caring/compassion...we'll meet our end goal. This isn't to 'take away' from others no, it is to improve life for all which, as you said...is a continuous circle without end or beginning but ever cycling w/all components deriving the greater good from one another. (in my definition; this would include the compassionate element...)

thank you my dear Seeker...you are spot on!!!!

Kathy


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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

Kathy, I don't think your going to loss any of us.

This is a great hub. I believe in animal rights. unfortuntely I have allergies otherwise my house would be loaded with cats and dogs.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Oh, writer20..thank you so much. I was/am a little 'edgy' about this because this is where my heart lives...and it doesn't necessarily resonate with others..but, thank YOU for this kind comment and, darn! I wish you didn't have allergies but, alas...many do. have an absolutely wonderful rest of the day!


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Beautifully expressed and scientifically backed with new research. Yes, animals are more like us in their emotions thinking and actions than ever previously thought possible. The time has come for humans beings on this planet to realize were not the lords over all we survey but an integral part of an interconnected creation that does indeed pass all understanding in its totality. From Elephants that mourn their dead to mice that can anticipate pure joy, a true paradigm shift in thinking is here.


vietnamvet68 5 years ago

Thank you Kathy, I hope you find time to stop by my blog site so you can see all my critters i take care of

God Bless


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Dear Alastar..as always, you are so kind and supportive in your glowing words for my efforts. So very appreciated..your comprehensive understanding is fully expressed in this wise statement: "to realize we're not the lords over all we survey but an integral part of an interconnected creation that does indeed pass all understanding in its totality."

Yes..and we are only just beginning to incorporate this reality into our lives....

What a friend I have in you, Alastar...ever confirming my hope to be able to commuicate w/others in an intelligible way.

thank you !!!

Steve...I am going to visit your blog...I've seen the one you and bobbi share which includes an introduction to her fabulous books, your book of poetry and the outlay is gorgeous...very classic. NO ADS!!! Thank you and I'm going to make time verysoon...should be right now...off I go!!! kathy


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prashant angiras 5 years ago from shimla(india)

Lucky Cats this hub is really inspiring,i have lot of empathy with all sort of wild creatures,i guess our life is balanced by the wild life around us in some way or the other for example.our morning begins with the tweeting of birds,dogs barking while we are going for work,and at times anonymous creatures in the environment making noise makes us feel in an entirely different way.i live inn country side and so i have seen lot of animals and i love them all,your hub is very powerful message to all the people who considers animals just as non living things,there are lot of people who love animals and have helped them also but very few write about it,and i respect you for doing such a great act of bringing back the issue of inhumanity against animals.your hub was really beautiful and pictures are also good.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A brilliantly written and heart tugging hub.

Animals are very close to my heart,and I stopped to think the other day when I overheard a conversation between two women.

They were discussing some murderer who was on the news constantly .

One said to the other

"He should be hung !!" "He's like an animal!"

I thought to myself 'No he's not, animals don't act in this vile way.'

If they do attack it is mainly a survival instinct or through fear !!

They don't play mind games and don't ask much in return for being faithful ,just to be looked after properly.

I would not even insult them by comparing them to this vile being.

This is a great hub as always Kathy and I vote right up plus bookmark.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Dear prashant angiras; your mornings sound lovely, with the music of nature. I am glad that you have this in life. There is such serenity in the sounds of nature...and the beauty as well as magnificance of animals. Sadly, as with our relationship to so much around us, we take for granted the delicacy and intricacy of other life forms than the human one; we fail to see the balance of nature. Instead; we destroy it. Thank you for such a lovely comment. I appreciate that you value life as you do. kathy


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Good morning my dear Eiddwen. You are so right..to use the term "animal" when describing the disgusting acts of humans is to degrade animals. We see this used in news articles and more...this only serves to continue the incorrect understanding of the nature of animals. As you said, Eiddwen, animals do not act out of malice or for "personal" reasons; they only act to survive and protect. Unlike humans.

I really appreciate and value your kindness and understanding. This means the world to me. thank you my friend Eiddwen.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

You know I feel exactly the same way you do towards all life, Kathy...100%. The critters of this world are so lucky to have a spokesperson of your caliber and a loving, respectful heart.

I once saw a PBS program that told the story of a mentally challenged man who lived in another country. His whole life he sat in a concrete room with no running water, nothing but himself. He sat with his head down. Some areas of some countries separate "normal" society from those unfortunate souls born with a disability. They are literally isolated their entire lives without any creature comforts or companionship. I can only imagine how animals are treated in any society with so little regard for human life. This man, due to his condition from birth, was treated as less than human. I honestly had no idea that this ever existed. Of course, I knew of institutionized individuals, but to abandon a human being and relegate them to "nothingness" is unimaginable. Anyone who believes that this man did not feel pain or loneliness is without the human capacity for compassion. I feel the same about anyone who can turn away from an animal's suffering. There is something missing in a human that knows pain (as we all do) and not understand that all living creatures can feel pain, hunger and loneliness. Thank you, Kathy, for giving a voice to those that cannot speak for themselves.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Dear Amy...so pleased to see you here. You are very missed in the HP's community. The story you used to illustrate the lack of empathy for one who is considered inferior or damaged is heart breaking. I feel so badly for that person. What a travesty and shame and, of course, we know that this exists; that life is not very valued in some situations and societies in fact, even those considered "normal" are not seen as necessary or essential; such is the result of ignorance, depravity, social / societal lacking such as financial...people in desperate straights....entire cultures....do not act rationally; they are on "survival" mode and can only see to the extent of that which they deem necessary/essential for survival..and a minimum of what is needed...desperation.

And, yes, then to view other living entities; animals, as 'lower' and without the capacity to feel is completely wrong...and such attitudes cause much suffering.

Oh, woe is the human race, I fear. We have so much to 'learn,' so much to 'unlearn,' and so far to go.

Bless you for your kindness and understanding and I sure hope things are looking up for you..

Kathy


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JayeWisdom 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

This is an excellent hub with well-thought-out arguments for why animals should be treated humanely. It causes me actual physical pain when I read of cruelty to animals, such as the clubbing of baby seals or the wholesale murder of African elephants so their ivory tusks can be smuggled to China for purchase by newly wealthy Chinese.

I am no longer surprised at what humans will do for money or any other type of greed, but am still shocked and outraged by their cruel actions. Animals need good spokespeople, and you're a wonderful spokesperson for animal rights, Lucky Cats. Thanks for making this your mission.

Jaye


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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

@Lady Cats...Good work on explaining the plight and the "feelings" of animals. They do feel pain, grief, and sadness, I believe, after having had a number of rescued dogs in my residences over the years. They do have rights to be treated well, fed, and cared for by the human beings who are responsible for their lives. And we humans are responsible! Who else? We've invaded their habitats, changed their natural lives, domesticated them, and raised them. The are God's creatures put into our hands.

To say an animal has an almost human expression, or acts almost human is many times not a compliment on human nature. Animals respect one another.

Thanks for sharing!



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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very inspiring hub and I learn much from you. Thanks for writing and share with us. Hopefully we more care to animal. You always got my vote. Have a nice weekend. Cheers...

Prasetio


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

JayeWisdom...your name says it all....I am so thrilled with your wonderful comment...it makes my day and gives me renewed hope for a better future for animals when I read words such as yours. I am as you are...I feel their pain..physically..my mother used to say "it makes my bones hurt.." when one of her kids was injured ... I feel this way for animals when I read of the horrible cruelty inflicted upon them by humans. And sick to my stomach and severely depressed...oh boy...it isn't an easy thing to care so deeply about..animals and their natural "rights." But, we trudge on..doing what we can to exact change. Bless you, Jayewisdom. and thank you!!!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hello Barbsbitsnpieces and welcome to this hub. I am very pleased and honored to have your caring comment. I am so impressed with your hub about horses; and am always glad to learn of more and more who care about the feelings and intrinsic "rights" of animals...to their own lives and well being. You are absolutely right, we, humans, have invaded, destroyed, upset and ignored the natural balance of earth and animals as we trudge and stomp our way through with a care or a backward glance at the destruction and havoc we've caused; both literally as well as figuratively. thank you so much, Barb...for caring and for the excellent "Hub of the Day" on the plight and tragedy of racing horses. Your friend, kathy


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hello Prasetio...I am very honored that you read this hub; this is where my heartfelt purpose in life resides. Thank you for a kind comment. Coming from one who shares with readers the most beautiful and astonishing articles about beautiful bridges and caves and so much of the earth's natural wonder. Kathy


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Kathy, My love for animals started when i was a child and saw the movie Bamby. I will never understand how anyone could kill an animal, maybe at one time , many years ago people killed animals to eat, but i can't even see that as right, they had berries and fruit. I know men who froth at the mouth with anticipation of an animal kill, makes me sick to think about it. I believe God loves the animals as much as he loves us and when we kill one we will have to answer for our cruelty. I support all organizations who provide care for animals. Thank you my friend. God Bless.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Ohhh, Ruby, what a beautiful comment. What a sweet person you are. Thank you so much. I am with you 100% and could not have said it better...it breaks my heart to see the beautiful deer strapped on the back of trucks...people celebrating inside the car...thinking they've just done something terrific. And, dove season is a big deal in America's "heart"land...poor individuals are left without their lifelong mate..cooing endlessly..looking..I can't stand it, really. so few bobcats, now yet...they're hunting them, still..I say...GO SHOOT THEM WITH A CAMERA!!!

I can't imagine that God wants to see his beautiful creations blown away for sport!!

Bless you, always exploring...for a kind, wonderful, wise and loving comment for animals. Kathy


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TKs view 5 years ago from The Middle Path

Hi Kathy,

You've done a wonderful job writing this and my, what great fans you have. Amazing what the collective power of many diverse individuals might be able to acheive if their power could be directed with the pin-point accuracy held within your words.

I'm not as devoted to your cause as you, but do care about animals. I volunteer at a 'big cat' refuge. I also 'got' the two dogs and three cats in my divorce. They're a handful in addition to a full-time job. Unlike you, I've considered re-homeing one of the dogs at least. He had dis-temper as a puppy and even the vet suggested putting him down. The owner, more concerned with their own needs, kept him alive. Then mistreated him somewhat when he no longer fit his image.

I had a great dog when I was a kid. I never planned on getting another,as I do have more interest in cats, but some friends kept badgering about how I should have a dog, and against better judgment, I took this dog in. Because he has some mental disabilities, I've not been able to bring myself to give him to a no-kill shelter. I'm concerned about someone adopting him unaware of the stress he creates. He's got a pretty good life here with a large yard and the thought of putting him in a kennel at a shelter is, in some ways, more inhumane than putting him down with dignity. I don't know if you or your fans will understand that point of view or not, but I've become more aware that the overpopulation in domestic animals is humanities karma for how we've treated the wild ones.

I feel, aggressive spay and nueter programs are essential, as is having places that can take in unwanted animals. Where I differ,(I'll still follow you though) is that I'd rather see an animal put down than abandoned on the streets or mistreated, starved, beaten because the person was unable to care for it. They are our responsibility because we've domesticated them and part of that responsibility is to end the suffering they may be experiencing in any humane fashion.

It actually bothers me more when I hear about an animal being abused than a person. Somehow, they still carry an innocence we may no longer have.

Great hub as always.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Dear TK...I have no problem at all with your feelings and understanding of this issue. None at all. There is so much that could be said but it's been said here in the article and comments. I agree with you that no animal should have to endure suffering abuse, neglect, starvation and worse. I, personally, could never relinquish an animal to a shelter unless it was guaranteed no kill...still; I develop such a personal relationship w/those in my care that it is I as much as my companion animals, who would suffer at the separation. Spay and neutering is the only real answer...and good homes for those in need. We, currently, have 6 dogs and I may only be able to bring one with me to Calif when I move back permanently; so, I am faced w/finding good homes for the other 5. This is very difficult as, obviously, they CAME to me because no one in the area wanted them and just abandoned each and every one in the country roads...to fend for themselves.

Your little dog w/the problems is a hard thing to deal with...hopefully, you'll find someone who has the heart and home for such a needy little one. I don't blame or feel anything negative about you when you are faced w/a dilemma which has no immediate or easy answer..this is life..

Much regards, TK...never fear; I am a rational human being who only wants to see the BEST for all life . I'm very impressed that you volunteer for a Big Cat refuge...that's fantastic...and a single man w/3 cats and 2 dogs..that's pretty great, too.. You're A-OK with me TK

Thank you for the visit and the thoughtful and honest comment..very much appreciated.


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

Good points well made, Lucky!

If human's are allowed human rights, surely animals should be allowed animal rights?

Or perhaps animal rights should be extended to cover the human animal as well? After all the only reason people feel threatened by the term 'animal rights' is because of the frightening behaviour of human activists who go too far in their work on behalf of animals. It is certainly not because of the animals themselves ...

But I feel there should be control over the breeding of animals to make money for their owners. Also allowing wild animals to be unnaturally kept by people who want them as a means of making themselves appear unusual or because of their own overweening egos should be made illegal.

I don't see the need for zoos either except for breeding of endangered wildlife. After all you can see these animals going about their daily lives in their natural habitat on wildlife programmes on TV much more effectively.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Angie, very interesting point about zoos. My daughter, an animal lover, has noticed nearly every time she's gone to the STL zoo, issues that she has pointed out to zookeepers. Several years ago, the last time she went, she noticed a polar bear who was grimacing and obviously miserable in the STL climate, who got out of the water and had an explosive bathroom moment. The zookeeper told Megan that "yes, he had parasites he was being treated for". A couple of weeks later it hit the news that he had apparently consumed a rag, a plastic bag and debris most likely left by a visitor. Despite surgery, the polar bear succumbed after lengthy suffering. No matter how many dollars are used to recreate a friendly environment, the zoo will never be home and wild animals are held captive, virtual prisoners for their shortened lifespans. Although their diets are accommodated, the animals are robbed of their natural existence. The days of Barnum & Bailey should be relegated to the past. It is unfortunate that humans, despite our capacity for reason, continue to exercise inhumane power over those without a say, whether it be an animal, or human (such as "Tree Man"). If there is a buck to be made, it seems conscience takes a backseat. Thank you for bringing up the important topic of zoos.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Angie! Hello and so glad you've come to comment on ths hub. You have the most conclusive obvious point:

"If human's are allowed human rights, surely animals should be allowed animal rights?" PERFECT! Honestly, I've never read or heard it said quite so succinctly!

Now, about fearing the term. Well, that's a two sided coin, I think. I agree .. some people take the protest/activist role way to far and, in effect, work AGAINST their cause by stimulating REACTION to their behaviors rather than to the issue at hand. Egos flare, fear emerges, chaos erupts and the original subject matter is lost in the melee; as well as forgotten during the ensuing discussions.

I've felt the frustration and downright disgust when trying to tell someone something they don't want to hear or consider...I understand that level of feeling helpless/hopeless/without a way in which to communicate without being offensive to the other person. Knowing that there will always be differences of opinion...while trying to maintain a level of intelligent discourse.

And, of course, never will everyone agree about.....well...anything. Having said this, here are my additional thoughts:

I think that many people do disdain the concept of 'animal rights' for the reasons I've listed in this hub, and more...but, specifically, there is a 'fear' that one might lose or be forced, through public opinion (among other things), to give up (for instance) hunting. No more stalking unsuspecting prey and the excitement this apparently stirs. No more factory farming, no more, let's say, incarcerating animals for our spurious interest/curiosity....etc. You get the picture. We'd be encoursged to bypass these activities which share the common denominator of animals being subjected to a life other than their natural one. So fear, anger, and reaction are the results. We, humans, don't want to step back and consider how our attitudes and behaviors effect anyone else except others of our kind.

So, this summarized version hopefully explains why we are fearful of the term: human behaviors and....human behaviors. Who would' thought! ;D

I completely agree with you regarding zoos..the only reason should be to save a species from becoming extinct ... again, mostly due to the ways in which we've 'overhunted,' taken for ivory, organs, as trophys, etc...again, the 'problem' seems to be centered around what we, humans, do...

I love your comment and am so glad you shared your thoughts, Angie...very valued and excellent food for thought as well as giving me an opportunity to further explain parts of this issue which I failed to do w/in the original text.

Much regards and respect. if there were 'buttons' to push for comments; I'd be pushing up awesome, interesting, useful and thankyou!! kathy


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

I added after submitting this last comment that I realize natural occurances cause the depletion of a species, as well. for instance, as in the case of Polar Bears; ice floes are diminishing resulting in fewer opportunities for the bears to feed and travel from point to point. Other unexpected calamaties cause destruction of habitat such as naturally caused forest fires, lengthy droughts, etc....man is not the only reason for habitat destruction but, certainly, a big one.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Amy. Oh, that poor bear...this makes me so sad...poor thing...I hate to see the animals in the small zoo in SE Kansas...caged up; some alone w/no stimulation at all, no companions of their own kind to, at least. 'share the experience.' It breaks my heart. One little guy, a silver fox, has been in the same cage, removed, even, from the other animals...completely isolated...day in, day out, week in week out...months, years! All kinds of weather; this little one is there, alone and caged. I hate it!

If I caught someone doing something detrimental to an animal...anywhere...I'd be arrested for my actions in defense of that animal...this is how strongly I feel about it.

You said: "The days of Barnum & Bailey should be relegated to the past. It is unfortunate that humans, despite our capacity for reason, continue to exercise inhumane power over those without a say, whether it be an animal, or human (such as "Tree Man")."

AMEN! and I second that motion and I'm with you 100%. Bears on balls, lions, tigers submissive to the point of being comatose, caged "curiosities" to amuse ignorant minds. Oh..the "negative" part of me could come out big time but, I'll keep my emotions in control and my intellect strong to continue this fight to save the lives of the innocent.

Thank you, Amy.


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

Lucky Cats - you cite shrinking ice floes as a natural occurrence but the polar ice cap is only shrinking because of climate change caused by ... guess what? Humans.

It's humans every time ... lost natural habitat for wild life in the rainforest ... logging by humans. Only this one will come back and bite us in the bum ... 'cos when the forests go ... we go.

The Brits are a nation of well-known animal lovers ... we have managed to ban hunting with dogs at least. But there will always be some sub-humans who get a kick out of killing ... sorry, starting to rant.

Amy - many thanks for the back-up! That poor polar bear ... there is simply no justification for zoos.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Oh Angie...you are so right...yes, we are the (un) common denominator, we humans. Thank you for pointing this out....(I knew it...but, trying not to be my usual ranting self when it comes to the 'blame game.'....) The British were in the forefront of animal protection...to my knowledge..with the anti vivisection movement and anti hound hunting foxes, etc..amazing and caring...and served as the template for the more modern movement of animal rights. Yes!!

We're in the same boat...let's keep on paddling! Love ya' Angie...and thank you!!!! Much regards, too. Kathy


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I hope you aren't getting sick of me. I don't mean to butt in, but this dynamic piece has me stirred up.

A couple of years ago I saw a PBS special on elephants in the wild. One new mama elephant was traveling with her "family" to another part of their homeland with her young "cub". The baby couldn't walk. She was pulling herself along the ground slowly on her knees, as she could not straighten her legs. The mama and an aunt stayed nearby, obviously distressed at this dilemma, as the baby would die if abandoned. As the herd moved on, the aunt finally left to travel with the pack and the new mother would start to follow them and turn around and go back. She kept doing this until the remainder of the pack was out of sight. She could not leave her baby. Her maternal compassion was too great. She truly was ready to die for her baby. A miracle unfolded as did the baby's legs. It seems the birth process and the way the baby had been laying in the womb had stiffened and contorted her legs, but with perserverence, her legs normalized and she was perfectly able to continue the journey as nature intended. They caught up with their family for a visibly joyous celebration. If the mother had not stayed and warded off predators, her baby would have died. The torturous decision of the mother elephant was evident in the filming. She could not have expressed her distress, concern and finality of her decision any better had she spoken. Those beautiful beasts have hearts of gold, patience, empathy and compassion for each other.

When I saw the horrific coverage of the massacre of hundreds of African elephants by poachers on 60-minutes, I could not help but compare the brutality that humanity is capable of as opposed to the peaceful coexistence of the animal kingdom. Although, survival of the fittest exists in the wild and can appear brutal, it is instinctual, not malicious. We have much to learn. It worries me that common decency and respect for life must be taught, rather than be instinctual.


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TKs view 5 years ago from The Middle Path

As I mentioned in my comment, I volunteer at a 'Big Cat refuge.' I'm not a fan of zoo's and am kind of surprised I find myself defending them, but some statements being made here have gotten my own hackels up.

First of all, Angie, there is no television set that can fully protray the power and regal beauty of an animal. Just like when you take a picture of a susnet, it can't truly capture the moment. Also, in case you were unaware, a lot of the 'wildlife' shows you see on your T.V. are staged for your entertainment.

Also, climate change is not now, nor has it ever been, only due to human action. This planet is in a constant state of flux. Species come and go. It has always been this way because evolution and adaptaion didn't just stop because humans decided it was how we got here.

We do have a large responsibility for the rate of destruction and habitat loss but let's keep our focus on how we can live in balence, without making inflamitory claims which only hinder the opponents of change.

@Amy, although I sympathize with your daughter's zoo experiences, your solutions I'm left to guess at, seeing as how you don't actully offer any. If you were to shut down all the zoos today, where do you think the animals would go? Back to the happy, happy wild? It doesn't exsist any more. Or at least there is so little of it, it would be unable to support all the animals suddenly released.

Of the eight original species of tigers, there are only five left and those losses can be attributed to habit loss as much as poaching.

From what I've seen, zoos have come along way in the last twenty years from when each animal had nothing but a small, patch of concrete to pace back and forth on. They do what they can to offer enrichment and companionship to those animals in their care. They rarely, if ever, go into the wild to capture animals as they are regulated as to there breeding, at least in the U.S. And, for your education, animals in captivity live longer and with less risk of being maimed or killed by the younger genrations competing for food and territory.

As far as the animals being 'robbed of their natural exsistance,' that happened long before now. What we can do about it is to provide as best we can while setting aside places for them to live.

I agree with both of you and Kathy as well, ideally, even the large predetors should be allowed to return to their natural habitats. But the only way that will ever happen is after a large reduction in human population or massive reductuion it what we harvest from the planet to fulfill our momentary whims.

The refuge I work at, is a retirement home for show cats that would have no other place to go. We also take in many cats from private individuals who thought having a wild animal was somehow a good thing. Once any of these animals has been in contact with humans they can't be realeased into the wild. We use the opportunity to educate the public not to profit off the animals.

Of course, it would be best if there was no need for places like this, but in this day it is unrealistic and so instead of vilifying those who work to provide an option, put your efforts towards human population control and less damageing energy sources.

@Kathy, your silver fox story pains me greatly and shows how much further many zoos have to go in their own education. I have no doubt someone with the determination and the following you do, could work towards greater regulation for animal rights and protection. Your compassion is your power.

Sorry for venting a bit, just needed to get that off my chest.


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

Greetings my friend! Kathy, as always you have done a fabulous job explaining the plight of unwanted and abandoned animals everywhere. Unfortunately there are still so many people that don't understand or value the lives of animals, and are even unwilling to take responsibility for the long term care of their own pet. Like the cute kitten that becomes a cat that requires consistent care, vet bills and all, they no longer want them, like an old car one would trade in for a newer model.

Since I have moved, I worry daily about the 7 rescue cats and kittens that I reluctantly placed in new homes because I could not bring them with me, and have tried to visit each of them to make sure they are doing ok. I took these cats in and cared for them because the owners could not, for whatever reason so I took responsibility for their well being, and now I miss them all so much I can't wait until I can visit again.

Thank you for sharing this Kathy, it is an important message!Rated up, useful, awesome and beautiful!


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lilash84 5 years ago from TX

support animal welfare NOT animal rights... the term is WIDELY used and people do not even know the truth behind what thee large organizations are trying to do... they are trying to get rid of pet ownership for all pet owners! do a google search for the truth behind animal rights movement... it will shock you


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

I had to think about some of the comments before writing...so that I could "get my ducks in order."

Chatkath...I can't wait 'til we can get together over coffee and talk all this up. I feel so much your concern over the ones you had to leave behind. Believe me, I wish I had enough room to say; "come on over; rent is very cheap..lots of room for kitties, you and your significant other..." Damh! We're trying, diligently, to fit all of us from SE Kanssa back to Calif. WE haven't gotten it figured out..yet.

Much gratitude and love to you Kathy...your heart is good and your love great and all will be ok..I am glad to hear that you check up on the little ones you could not take with you..this will keep their new family(s) constantly reminded that they hold in their hands one of god's miracles...a beautiful feline. Much regards!!! K

Amy...I've seen such a documentary about elephants, their community; that they stay in groups and the elder females take care of their offspring..and it is beautiful.

TK, Angie, Amy, ...boy, you've said alot..Agreed! There are natural as well as man made disasters...which wreak havoc on natural habitats..I can assure you that anyone who responds to this hub is fully aware of this.

Sometimes, frustration and a desire to see a kindler, gentler world causes one to speak out in emotion which might be misconstrued or taken as an untruth or as less than factual. We've all felt this level of upset as well as disagreement w/another...it's all relative..it's all subject to interpretation and, in the case of this venue...I am willing to bet that every thing that is said is with the greatest good in mind. misguided - absolutely spot on - or off track...all meant with the best intentions.

We work with what we have...and hope for the best. Education, discussion, do's and don'ts are all a part of the picture...and we all play a role

This said, the "we" I'm referring to is, obviously, humans...animals aren't a part of the 'discussion,' only the recipients of our decisions...either those which are manifest or, those which are philosophical/hypothetical, etc...and, as thus; influence the actions of others once or twice (or more) removed....it gets quite complicated, wouldn't we all agree?

To summarize....we're all doing steps in our lives to better the condition of animals; we might find ourselves at opposing points of view but, bottom line; we want the best....we just might disagree on which and what constitutes what is "best."

Personally, when life is involved...and, in this case, I'm referring to the life of animals then, whatever is necessary to ensure, as much as we can, that that life has the chance to unfold as nature intended...and without much interference or cause to destroy from humans then....I'm on board.

Much respects to all who contribute here...kathy


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi lilash....I'll take your comment under advisement and read a number of articles..I can only tell you that , in my experience, those w/whom I've spoken have not seemed at all desirous of removing pets from homes...as with everything..something starts out one way and is changed drastically from the original intent.

It's a sad state of affairs when we (all...we...humans) have such a hard time communicating and understanding...specially when some of us who seem at philosophical "opposite ends" are really on the same side...but can't seem to get past the wordage. There is outrageous and off the charts behaviors, to be sure...in all 'movements' or within all organizations...but no all those who adhere to the ideology or philosophy are so.

Just an example, the group IN DEFENSE of ANIMALS based in San Rafael, California...advocates for a new terminology but does not spew rhetoric or try to dismiss the connection and relationship between animals and people...and, though they are international, they have a HUGE animal sanctuary in Mississippi..near Jackson, run by Doll Stanley; the most loving, empathetic, sweet and tender human being on this earth.

Though, initially, considered 'radical' by the locals when she started the sancutary...she is now taken under their wing, she is now the State Animal Care/Control Officer...which is a big deal because she is for Animals first....saving, literally, thousands from abuse, neglect, torture, abandonment, horrific living conditions...and she places all of them or allows the truly unadoptable to live out their lives in love, comfort, care and peace.

So, though I understand that extremists are among just about all disciplines/organizations/causes, etc....there are also the good people peppared among them; and, I believe they are in the majority.

Let's hope so.

Thank you for an excellent, provocative comment. I appreciate. Kathy


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Dear Kathy,

Before I became a casualty of the economy and was laid off, I always set aside a portion of my annual bonus to send to an organization in Utah called "Best Friends". This is heaven for so many abused animals. The saints that work there truly love animals and the critters they take in are privy to the finest medical care and an abundance of love. The land is beautiful and those animals that are unadoptable live out their days enjoying the best of everything on earth. You are probably aware of this organization, but, if not, check them out online. "Vicks" dogs recovered at Best Friends. Magnificent!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Amy...yes, I do know about Best Friends..it's amazing. I've never visited but i hear they actually have sites where volunteers and visitors can camp out and spend days helping out or just being with the animals...it's a great place, excellent care, loving...lifelong home for unwanted animals. Thank you for placing Best Friends here so others can also learn about them...really terrific. Kathy

http://www.bestfriends.org/

http://hopesanctuary.blogspot.com/

Hope Sanctuary is run by Doll Stanley, my very dear friend...here is her blog site..more links to come


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

https://secure2.convio.net/ida/site/Donation2?df_i... This will take you to the home page...lots to read about an amazing woman who has given her life over to the rescue, support, education and defense of animals...an entire life.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Kathy,

I love how you continue to share accurate and imperative information on this subject so close to our hearts-- Voted UP and UABI as always.

I visited my DOC, who is sadly failing. He told me of a story where a breeder brought him (5) poodles for clipping and wanted the (2) weaker ones put down. DOC asked if he could keep and placed them in beautiful and nurturing homes, following their progress, each for over 12 years. What a saint he has been through his life, countless stories of rescue and placement. I jusy don't understand the mentality of some people and guess I never will but sure do value your committment and friendship, mar.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Oh Mar..I am very very sorry to hear that Doc is failing. I know how dear he is to you and what a role he's played in your life...how it took a while to know one another but, wow, what a great friend the both of you found in one another. So, my deepest understanding, as you know...is with you and Doc..what a SAINT...those dogs lived another 12 years! Oh...of course, I could go into too many words over this...but I'll be good...

Knowing that you are in this world, and so many others who have a deep and evolved understanding of our lives here and in relationship to animals is a huge source of comfort..sometimes; in the darker hours, these are what I rely on..my knowledge that there are beautiful souls here, still...so, thank you for this. And friendship and support. Much appreciated! kathy


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peterhark69 5 years ago from Canada

Nice argument you got here. I am an animal pro as well and they really deserve some rights especially those animals that are abused by their owners.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Thank you and bless you, peterhark69. The world's animals need more voices such as yours..Very pleased and happy to have your comment. have a beautiful and wonderful day. Kathy

PS Welcome to HP's Peterhark69! you'll find many wonderful people here.


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JY3502 5 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

Very good Cats. I applaud your enthusiasm. Here's another of my life experiences: http://hubpages.com/travel/SOUTHERN-CALIFORNIAS-LE...


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Thank you my friend, John...and, I hope it is 'ok' that I linked your great hub "Animal Cruelty is a Crime" to this more opinionated and, possibly, more extreme point of view as compared to yours...I'm off to do so many "chores" but will read your link when I have time later. thank you for the visit, comment and link. K


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, My love for animals goes beyond the normal every day situation, and so does yours, you wrote an amazing hub here, I hate to see animals put in pounds and killed, but sadly what's the alternative? letting them roam and starve, if I could, I would open the biggest animal sanctuary in the world, sometimes, most of the time I should say, I love animals more than humans, if I see someone get hurt I would try and help, but would be scared, but if I saw anyone hurt an animal, my temper would just take off and I would take on the biggest thug in the world, we have always had dogs and cats, they are my family, not just pets, once they come in my door, they are part of my household. I sit and talk to them! lol all the time! in fact there is a cat that sits on the wall along the road to the main high street, every time it sees me it comes over and says hello! the funniest thing was that it was missing a couple of weeks ago, and I started to panic, then my brother, who is as mad about them as me!, said, maybe the owners are on holiday. So, I waited and waited, and then one day I was walking past and I heard, 'arrooow'! ha ha there she was sitting on the wall again, but the funny bit was that I said to her, without thinking, not knowing that there were other people around, I said, 'where have you been?' and would you believe the cat turned, looked up at me and 'said' raw row raw! ha ha just like 'I don't know!' the woman standing behind me burst out laughing! she said, 'well I never, I have never heard a cat answer back like that!' Thats me Doctor Doolittle! ha ha great hub, rated up! cheers nell


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Dear Nell...what a great comment! I just love it! And, I'm not at all surprised that you are as wonderful as you are...it comes out through your fabulous writing and that warm and happy smile...it pleases me to no end to learn of your love for and caring about animals...if I were writing a comment; it would be exactly as yours is...I relate 100%...I think somewhere in these comments I said I'd probably be arrested in defense of an animal being hurt , abused, mistreated by someone...anyone..I'd be hauled off to the slammer!

Thank you so much for this wonderful comment, Nell...your love shows through your kind words and smiling eyes. Your friend, Kathy


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epigramman 5 years ago

....Animal rights and Lucky Cats go together thank God and I'm sure that God thanks you - because He put you in charge as one of his special earthbound angels - and you have been an angel here to me - and so many others - not just four legs but two legs too - lol - so it is only fitting before I bid you farewell to let LITTLE MISS TIFFY and MISTER GABRIEL send their hugs and kisses to you - and what the heck, me too!!!!!

lake erie time 1:31am had to stay home tonight from work because of a tornado warning - if this place blows I want to be here with my cats ....on a stormy night with high winds and heavy rain - but alas here I sit spending quality high time with you and listening to the live Rolling Stones circa 1969 playing Chuck Berry's Little Queenie with a few brown pops .......


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Colin and Good evening. You don't know how I hope that you've found time to read just a few of my hubs; this being one. It's difficult when we have so many whom we wish to support and encouragement. I am very pleased to see that you've visited this one, in particular. Please keep your radio or tv on (I hope you have a weather radio) to be sure to keep updated so that you can run if you need to...you can't imagine how much it means to me that your concern is to be with your beloved Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel..i feel the same; should threatening events be possible; I want to be with my feline family.

I am flooded, right now, with such endearing thoughts of and for you, Colin...a magical, wonderful unique man here in this world.

Thank you for such a wonderful comment...please have a safe and warm rest of the am hours and stay safe!

Kathy


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tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa

LuckyCats, this is a wonderfully written article. i know that many places such as where i am depend on organizations like the humane society of the untied states...if not for them there would be no hope of spaying/neutering/vaccinating their pets. we already have a huge feral dog and cat issue here...and the dogs are worse because they have no fear of man and will attack (they run in packs)...they also will take out livestock. but these past 11 yrs that i have lived here, maybe even longer, they come here every year with volunteer vets and interns to give free clinics all over the rez. so many animals would be dead if not for these organizations...or suffering torture at the hands of heartless humans...or becoming extinct. we need them because they are out there doing things we can only dream of doing.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi my dear timcgaa70...thank you for this GREAT comment because it underscores the need for people to step up to the plate and help out whenever and however they can..even the smallest little thing lessens the loss and burden of animals. I'm also very grateful that you have detailed the help the Humane Society gives to your area...some people think they don't do "hands on" rescue and sheltering but, they do..as well as many of the other larger organizations. Your comment is treasured and respected and so helpful. And you..YOU...are another BIG part of what makes me thankful. Thank YOU, dear one, for saving all the animals you do and writing the wonderfully educational hubs that teach others how to care , respect and rescue animals. You are one in a million and my life is that much sweeter knowing you are in it. Bless you!!! So sorry about so many homeless, abandoned animals..it is so heartbreaking that, sometimes, I feel almost paralyzed in the face of it. Kathy


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tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa

Lucky Cats...there are very few people in this world like you...at least that i know of. you seem to find the good in everyone, and you always have something wonderful to say about everyone.i imagine you are a huge blessing to EVERYONE in your life. thank you for coming into my life and blessing it so richly.


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Rickrideshorses 5 years ago from England

Very motivational. Who was it who said we can judge a society by the way it treats its animals? Love the picture of the otter!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

timcgaa and Rickrides....thank you both so much. So glad there are those in this world who do care. timcaa...you know i feel the very same about you...so much!!! rick, I believe that was Mahatma Ghandi. Kathy


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Dear Kathy,

This article is so awesome. I love the title. The content really makes us think. And the comments that followed are a true example of how your incredible "life mission" affects so many. Thank goodness for people like you and Al. I always wish I could do more. But I do believe that even small acts can have a huge overall impact. Like my cats that have been rescued off the streets and spayed/neutered immediately. Except for Momma Kitty, we waited until after all her babies were adopted. But, little steps taken by many people can pave a new road to change.

Your article touches on so many important facts and history about animal rights and their welfare. Times have changed and the points you make are critical for all to hear. Really, really great work my friend!

Sharyn


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Sharyn! I know you do so much for animals, Sharyn...and your writing here which is so educational and eye opening does hundreds of times again what an act or acts do to help to improve the condition of animals. Your excellent articles and your hands on aide to animals in need is immeasurable. Yes, we've had a "momma kitty" or two, too....out of our hands but into our hearts and forever homes with love...that's what we must do and what we do do! (dododo) I am so glad you related to this (of course you do!) and love your comment...always, always makes my heart lighter and path clearer when I hear from fabulous people like YOU! thank you, my friend. Hope all is well with you...I'm back in Kansas, now, after having spent the last 4 weeks in Ca. prepping the place for my furry friends! Kathy


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Here, here! This is exactly what I have been saying for years. I relate better to animals than to most people. Many people put themselves on a pedestal and feel that they are mightier than the animal. When the meek inherit the earth, it will be the animals ONCE AGAIN, for we have learned nothing. Barbarism is still apart of many of our lives, without thinking about it as such. Voted up and across the board(except for funny, of course).


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi my friend aviannovice...I LOVE your comment! I am always so pleased to hear voices such as yours..and read intelligent and thoughtful words from others who understand how it could be...should be...to make this world a better place all around. thank you. Now..I must prepare for the onslaught of nay sayers who want to reduce this concept to one of logic, unfeeling calculations, an incorrect concept of human "superiority" (it's relative and subjective...what a simple but, sadly, difficult thing for some to understand)...those who wish to reduce this to an "either - or" and want to infuse ignorance and anger into the discussion.


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

If you want a first hand view(if you haven't seen it already), check out my 3 segments on the Athos I oil spill.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hello aviannovice...I'll read these in succession this evening...thank you for directing me to your work. Look forward to learning more. Kathy


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Interesting hub. Animals do have rights to a clean bed, food and water and a safe place to be. We would never turn down an animal that came to our door. I wish we could adopt but we now have one dog and three cats more than we need in this small house. Voted up on your hub.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Thank you moonlake, I sincerely appreciate your comment and that you do not seem offended by it. I only have the very best of intentions. I'm happy to hear that you share your life w/your dog and cats; I understand limited space, too; believe me. Thank you so much, moonlake. Kathy


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eddy4me 4 years ago from Wales.

Wnderful as always ;so nice to be back and to follow your wonderful hubs once more.

Eddy.


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eddy4me 4 years ago from Wales.

Wnderful as always ;so nice to be back and to follow your wonderful hubs once more.

Eddy.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Love you,; Eddy and I am so glad to see you here...I am away for a little while; right now, using a friend's computer...but can't wait to read your always inspiring and caring words. So happy to see your face, Eddy....Kathy


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

This was wonderfully, as well as objectively done, and has been a long time coming. Bravo. Awesome and up.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

aviannovice....I sincerely appreciate your comment and knowing that one such as you; who reveres and respects animal life, approves. I've written several along these lines; it is that important to me. Many thanks! Kathy

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