I was going to write about a different topic this month, but in light of recent events, not just here in America, but around the world, I decided to share my personal views about – ALL LIVES DO MATTER.
We come together when a human life is taken too soon and needlessly, as we should. Standing for what is right and wanting justice for the victims is an appropriate reaction for our fellow man. I, too, stand for justice and punishment for the perpetrator(s), regardless of who they are. My heart breaks, watching the news, as loved ones mourn the loss of a friend or family member.
To me, and I hope, other animal lovers around the world, animal lives matter too. Yet, animals are being abused, tortured, neglected, and killed under our very noses every day. They are used to entertain and it’s rarely considered what it takes to get an elephant to balance on a drum or a tiger to jump through a flaming hoop. It’s sad when we see a news report that an orca died at a sea aquarium, yet few give a second thought that the beautiful whale should not have been captive in the first place. Thousands of dogs are left outside through the hottest summers and coldest winters, spending their entire lives at the end of a chain, which is consider normal to many. And factory farm animals are treated so horrifically that it’s too painful to watch the videos and look at the pictures proving the abuse going on behind closed doors. And let’s not forget horse racing, dog racing, bullfighting, cockfighting, dog fighting. The list goes on.
In most cases, we feel as helpless to put an end to animal cruelty as we are to stop the violent murders of innocent people. But nothing will change in silence.
If you can’t afford to donate money, sign petitions; and if you are unable to get involved in activism, at very least, make a decision not to support the very behaviors that continue to perpetuate the cruelty. Actions really do speak louder than words!
Chance’s Dream Animal Rescue is only able to “help keep pet families together” with the support of animal lovers like you. Your donations are appreciated!