For the Love of Dogs!! Let's do something!
Domestic Animals are the most priced findings of we human beings. The most valued response we have received by showing our unique virtue of empathizing are from these four legged animals we call Dogs.
The Dogma of the usage of the word "DOGS"
The name "Dogs"…I feel so weird these days to say because the term Dogs are so often used in todays society to use as a curse-word against human beings in a truly derogatory fashion accusing the worst human being. Whereas a dog is actually so much on a higher level than this reference or no compare to any bad reference because it only knows how to reciprocate kindly to any act of kindness. Don't get me wrong "those who have never seen this in their societies". I address only some regions of the world where I have had first hand experience seeing this.".
Dogs were genetically modified animals, the idea originally invented by using the human beings' civilized nature to live peacefully among other living things on earth.
Also the reason I look for another word besides "Dogs" to refer to them is because I have personally seen extremely gruesome killings of Dogs in some of the city streets just at sight for no apparent reason. The worst sinking feeling is to see the scene of communities actually enjoying these inhuman acts of violence, which seemed totally okay for them to see in public, also allowing their children to witness such graphic events.
They have such happiness in doing this as if they think these dogs have attacked in a pre-meditated manner, failing to think that any attack or violence coming from these animals would only have been acts of self-defense. Some of these animals do have a sense of suspicion (again a half human mannerism) when some of them see human beings because they may have only seen them being stoned or beaten up by humans. So what do we expect in reciprocation to being terrorized? What do we normally do to defend ourselves when being attacked by anyone or anything? Man or animal? There is need for another way to address this issue than mass killing of dogs only to find more of them in dozens because of how dogs stray in search of food all over underdeveloped parts of the world without being sterilized or neutered. And populate slums and garbage dumps.
So instead of authorities addressing this issue thoughtfully, is irradicating a total race at random, the answer? How is it different from racial profiling or ethnic cleansing?
I have grown up in a part of the world, my first 30 years where I have seen 3 types of people.
- Ones who loved and adored dogs but only conditionally and cared less about anything else. They who are too proud and think pedigree breeds are the only great dogs and pure dogs available. And they don't care what happens to poor dogs living abandoned on the streets left to fend for themselves. Very obviously taking these dogs to places where there is food wastes in trashes and dumps. People from this category have a dog as a pet only for their entertainment and at their disposal. They have their dogs to play with when they like to help them relax and then send the dogs back to their cages or fasten them to a leash after they have got what they wanted. It is different to leash a dog just to train but this is to enslave to the advantage of the owner (not master).
- Ones who loved and adored dogs and did something out of the ordinary to protect them in any way they could. (small or big).
- The others who simply hated the sight of dogs. If it is out of their beliefs or health issues they want to hate them they cannot be totally blamed. But otherwise there is no excuse for people who simply hate the sight of dogs.
Misleading a community: I have been around neighborhoods in certain villages where authorities pass by and shoot any dog to death at sight. It doesn't matter if it is stray or has a home they just kill anything that is a dog. So even people who do care are fearful to have a pet dog to avoid losing them because of this type of irradication of rabies by exterminating the whole dog population in the area. If they know someone has a pet dog during these campaigns By-Law one will have to hand-over their pet to these authorities (municipality workers) to be killed. They at times kill them in front of their masters. How did the human race become so ruthless it is beyond my understanding!.
Is there a life worth living without pets?
My take is…. minus out everything except how can anyone hate such an adorable gaze of a dog.
These pictures for example….Speak so much about a dog's thoughts.
Look at the expression in their eyes! Can't we human beings just think for a moment with our natural commonsense and intelligence that that familiar look in the eyes means some empathetic language?
Don't we humans too share those looks?
How can anyone on this planet - the human kind refute that this means nothing?
Anyway my growing regret is that as an immigrant professional I am wasting my life unable to adopt a pet dog….worrying constantly "Is there a life worth living without a pet in your life? Especially a dog? And for this reason I have a part of my future planned out just so I am able to have a pet dog.
It is nothing but a win-win situation…A dog gets a home and I have 24-7 good faithful company :o)
Being an Animal Activist does not mean we are not doing enough for Humanity
Before I end this article I would like to reiterate that being an animal activist does not mean we are ignoring atrocities towards our own kind.
I say be empathetic to every being sharing this one-time space with us. Being good and kind to human beings alone does not put us in a role as a good human being. Being good to everything does it. Sure you agree !?
Human beings have a voice everyone can understand that language. But dogs, cats speak in a language which we have to make an effort to understand. In our world they are a voiceless victim of atrocity who we see closest to us. They can't be understood when they air their opinions … do they ;o)
I count myself in to contribute to help these voiceless victims!
I have lived most of my life enjoying my family pets - cats, dogs, parrots, birds etc. Dogs by far have lived true to whoever coined this term "Dogs are a man's best friend". Having had dachshunds about 3 seen them one after the other as pets, seem then grow from pups to adults till their old ages (Spanning from the 80s to date), seen golden retrievers grow as our pets from pups to adults and even mongrels who have no pedigree attached to their breed but have conducted themselves as equal to the expensive breed if not with much more intelligence. All of them have had similar kind and friendly traits!! Just as how a good human being has adopted good normal traits based upon their upbringing. And all of these dogs just like a human kid have had their own born talents I can discuss one by one in my various articles I will be publishing here, now on.
BTW folks … This article was an instigation from a very sad phenomenon still happening in some parts of the world and I being a self-proclaimed animal activist for my whole life am doing my bit to increase awareness to shift the mind-set of some societies.
I believe in peacefully changing the mindset of the citizens, than again getting into the bracket of violent name-calling to stop violences or to somehow be heard. That puts the people who want to stop this violence at the same level. Instead teach from a civilized point of view.
This is something I have so painfully witnessed from my childhood growing up and during my visits to these places on vacation. I found that my cry of resistance were too weak to be heard. The only thing I could do (with of course the support from my adorable family) is to rescue ruthlessly abandoned pups on the streets and hand them over to Pet homes such as Blue Cross and SPCA in my city.
Today thanks to my writing and art tenure I could communicate hopefully, effectively through my writings, cartoons and animation.
Mass killing of dogs as a population control measure was started by the British in the 19th Century. It was continued on a large scale (up to 50,000 dogs killed every year) after Independence by the municipal authorities all over India, with the aims of eradicating human rabies deaths and the stray dog population. By 1993, it was admitted to be a complete failure, since human rabies deaths had actually increased, and the dog population was also perceptibly growing.
Studies by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Animal Welfare Board of India (Ministry of Environment & Forests) show that dog population control measures which work in developed countries are unsuccessful in third world developing countries, since urban conditions are very different. The urban environment here encourages breeding of stray dogs, so no matter how many dogs were killed, they were quickly replaced by more.
That’s why in January 1994, the killing programme was replaced by mass sterilisation of stray dogs. The sterilisation programme is carried out by non-government organisations in collaboration with the municipal corporation.
Source: http://www.wsdindia.org/faqs.htm (The welfare of stray dogs)
Yet there are mass killing incidents happening even today….on the same scale or if not more than I witnessed more than 20 years ago.
One among millions of tragedies - What is our take to help avoid this?!
© 2015 Remy Francis