Cruelty To Animals

We are all animals…..In my last 3 blogs, I have posted stories about the near extinction of Siberian tigers, and the danger of animals such as the polar bear and the American gray wolf of being put on the endangered species list…P.E.T.A. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is an organization that is dedicated to making people aware of this one simple fact….

The point is that we are all part of the Ecosystem of the planet, all part of the food chain, all dependent on one another, yet some people have the unmitigated gall and arrogance to assume they are not only better than other people, but also have a certain prerogative to treat animals anyway they want, simply because animals cannot speak and are considered lower life forms than human beings……

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Some people consider animals a lesser life form simply because they are different, and the list of human atrocities against animals is similar to atrocities committed against other people….Nature has it’s own hierarchy of predator and prey, and people are entitled to participate in this natural cycle of violence as the natural predators that we are….

I am certainly not an extremist, I believe that certain animals, such as lions and tigers and wolves, are predators, they are carnivorous and can only exist by hunting, killing and eating their prey…Other animals are herbivorous, such as cows, sheep and deer, and can only exist by eating vegetables…In both cases, that is all their digestive systems can assimilate…

Humans are omnivorous,and can eat and survive on either meat or vegetables, and many argue that a natural balance is the best diet for humanity as we have evolved over the years….It has been proven that people can live on only vegetarian or vegan diets, as long as they get their natural protein, but in the real world it is much easier to mix and match meats and vegetables for most people, and I agree with that and think that since we have evolved that way, it is the most natural and healthy thing to do…

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But given that, I am still extremely shocked and appalled at the constant evidence of maltreatment that people in their supreme arrogance feel that they can inflict pain, suffering and maltreatment upon animals that would have them locked up and punished if they dared treat other people the same way….

We as human beings have a true and clear moral imperative to maintain the most humane, gentle and ethical treatment of animals that we can while utilizing food animals for food and all other animals as pets and companions…As my Google sources for PETA indicate, they take a moral stand against ALL human consumption of animals, which I personally do not agree with, but I still find many of their ideas worthwhile, noble, and applicable to my daily life…

For example, PETA believes: “More than a century ago, Charles Darwin showed that all beings had the same common ancestor. All beings share the desire to live. We all feel pain, joy, grief, and pleasure. We all have worth.” PETA strongly believes that: “Human beings have few, if any, unique capabilities—many beings can learn languages, enjoy complex social bonds, sacrifice pleasure for the good of others, use tools, imagine, and dream. Many beings remember information, play with friends, enjoy intimacy, gossip, and mourn their deceased.

Some beings have enormous capabilities beyond our own—in navigation, endurance, communication, and detection of natural phenomena. We don’t yet fully understand how all beings think—or what they think—but dismissing their mental world as less developed, rational, moral, or intelligent than our own is clearly a mistake.”

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I strongly agree with the overall philosophy of PETA that: “Regardless of their capabilities, no living being deserves to be abused. We believe that it’s wrong to torture infant and disabled human beings who don’t have the same abilities as adults. In the same way, all beings deserve liberty and respect not because they share the characteristics we admire in ourselves but because they are living beings. We share the same evolutionary origins, we inhabit the same Earth, and we are ruled by the same laws of nature. We are all the same”

Like I said, I am not a vegetarian, and believe that being naturally omnivorous is natures way of telling us it is OK for humans to eat meat, just like the carnivorous animals such as lions, tigers and wolves…Yet I strongly draw the line at people who abuse animals for no other reason except that they can, just to be sadistic or to make a profit….

I have a friend who recently discovered the abundance and horrors of “puppy mills”…According to the American Humane Society: “ A puppy mill is an inhumane, commercial dog-breeding facility in which the health of the dogs is disregarded in order to maintain a low overhead and maximize profits.

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It’s important to know that, in many cases, puppy mills are not illegal. In most states, a breeding kennel can legally keep dozens, even hundreds, of dogs in cages for their entire lives, as long as the dogs are given the basics of food, water, and shelter.

When documented cruelty exists, The HSUS (Humane Society US) assists in shutting down puppy mills with the cooperation of local law enforcement. The HSUS has assisted in the rescue of almost 5,000 dogs from puppy mills over the past two years alone. But while The HSUS is opposed to puppy mills, The HSUS cannot shut down or raid legal businesses. The HSUS is not a government, law enforcement, or regulatory agency.

Because most puppy mills are not illegal, we need help from the public to put an end to the consumer demand for their “product.” Don’t patronize these cruel and greedy breeders…You can help The HSUS put a stop to puppy mills by getting your next dog from an animal shelter, rescue group, or a humane and responsible breeder that you have carefully screened in person”….

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Please consider this carefully, because we can all work with groups that alleviate unnecessary cruelty and criminal treatment of animals….If you witnessed deplorable conditions in person and wish to file a complaint with the HSUS, please call 1-877-MILL-TIP….Or contact them directly for more information at : http://www.humanesociety.org/…..The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, another worthwhile group can be found at: https://www.aspc….or call 202-452-1100 or 866-720-2676 their switchboard is open Monday through Friday plus weekends…. If you wish to contact PETA directly for more information, try: http://www.peta.org/ or call:1 (757) 622-7382…

All of these organizations are dedicated to the proposition of no more cruelty to animals… Some are admittedly more strident and political than others, yet all have the same basic premise at heart….We as human beings do not have the right to abuse, maltreat or torture animals simply because they are not human beings…As PETA put it so clearly, after all, if you think about it,when it comes down to it:

We are all animals...

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