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Animal abuse...this is not easy to write about
My dear HubPages friends and followers. I am about to enter a subject which is very near and dear to me but which brings great sorrow to my heart. It is not easy to type these words, and harder, still, to hold the images in my conscience...images I cannot forget.
I opened my Facebook page today and there, in horrific detail, was the story and accompanying video of the violent, brutal death of a cat. This atrocity had been filmed by the villians and, apparently, proudly displayed online. This is not the first I've heard of such videos...there are "kitten crush" videos, 'crush videos' involving many kinds of small animals, mutilation, and more. Sickness pervades the one(s) capable of such acts; sickness infects those who are thrilled by the viewing of these hateful, reprehensible acts.
Many of my friends on Facebook are animal advocates just as I am. True and committed to this most difficult issue; these friends fight daily for the welfare, rights and wellbeing of our four legged friends. Day in and day out, they are in the forefront of this difficult battle...waging a righteous war against the abusive, neglectful and evil forces which, too often, find a comfortable home in the human form.
I know this kind of atrocity exists. We read about it in the newspaper police logs, hear of cases of harm inflicted on animals during certain times of the year. But...
Today, it hit me harder than other days. Today, I find myself thinking "better off dead." Animals, sensitive people, caring, loving beings....'better off dead' than to exist in this cruel world.
It takes a strong will and stronger character to face the ongoing ugliness of human nature. To know that, walking down any street at any time, there are those among us who take joy and pleasure in the suffering of others. And when those "others" are voiceless animals...the pain and difficulty in facing such atrocities grows with each waking moment. Although there is an intensely dedicated but relatively small circle of enlightened individuals who actually care about the 'others.' there are too few who have the fortitude to face this war with a conviction to see the end of animal suffering at the hands of the human race. It is an extremely herculean and formidable task.
No country, no culture is blameless. All share in this terrible travesty. Throughout the 'civilized' world, we have turned our backs on our fellow earthly inhabitants. We have chosen to protect our own sensitivities rather than aid efforts to end the tragedy of animal abuse.
This is the hardest battle; concern regarding non human, sentient beings. Challenging beyond belief because so many of us do not know, do not want to know or do not care about the suffering of animals. Animal rights / animal welfare and protection is a subject which either resonates with others or gives rise to the most hateful opposition.
But, make no mistake. Whether you love animals; whether you care or not, know this: There is a holocaust going on around us EVERY MINUTE of every day, week in, month out, year after year. Animals are subjected to the most heinous acts perpetrated upon them by human beings. In every field or endeavor, they are treated as 'less than,' 'inferior,' 'tools,' "things with no feelings."
A friend sent a quote my way recently. I could not have said it better: "If all the animals were to gather together to form an image of the Devil....it would be in HUMAN FORM!" (my emphasis).
I must agree. I've said it before; I've written it previously but I am still mentally, emotionally and intellectually dumbfounded when I allow myself to fully realize this:...that the human being is capable of inflicting such torture on other living creatures solely for our 1)entertainment, 2) amusement, 3) diet, 4) curiosity, 5) medical experiments, 6) beauty and cosmetics, 7) convenience, 8) rodeo, circus, zoo captivity ...the list could go on almost endlessly.
We treat animals as though they are slaves. We denigrade their status, laugh at their (supposed) mental inferiority, treat them as objects to be used as we wish. These miracles; just as we view ourselves as miraculous...so are they! How could it be any different? Their physical selves are as intricate and exacting as ours; their beauty FAR SUPERIOR, their family ties similar, likes and dislikes, fears, joy....again, the list could go on endlessly.
How have we come to this? What happened to our souls..that we allow such ignorance to continue unabated? Why is this even a question anymore?
When we can reach the place where we value ALL living beings as legitimate, valuable and deserving of their own rights; we will have taken the next step in evolution. No matter how many clever gadgets we can produce, no matter how calculating or ingenious we imagine ourselves; until that day comes that we can honor living beings equally; we will NOT have evolved...we will be spinning our wheels and going, absolutely, NOWHERE!
I urge anyone and everyone who is moved by anything I have written; please, find a way in your life to make a difference. Even if it is just talking w/a friend, adopting a shelter animal, writing an LTE to the local newspaper, reconsidering your dietary choices, joining in a rally or protest designed to protect animals....if you care at all...let this be a clarion call, my friends. These words reflect reality; and a very 'sugar coated' version of that ugly truth.
Please, let your conscience be your guide. Do the loving thing and make a difference for those who cannot speak for themselves and who are subject to our most heinous whims!