I found myself deeply disturbed by 2 social media posts last weekend. Firstly, video clips at a supermarket car park of dogs and birds that were deliberately poisoned as they were deemed to be a nuisance. The incident allegedly occurred over 14 months and while there was video footage, this was never made available publicly or turned over to any authorities to assist in investigations. Secondly, a statement from one of our government ministers indicating that the request by the local hunters’ association for bag limits on hunting could not be implemented because there was no way to effectively monitor. The minister further stated that his views on hunting was that it was completely sustainable and bag limits were not necessary at this time. So the hunters association are telling you there’s a problem. But the person in authority doesn’t get it… sigh.
I don’t consider myself an animal lover… I tend to be very wary around most animals. But I’ve always been deeply disturbed by ill-treatment of animals. What disturbed me as equally as the obvious inhumanity is the hypocrisy of care suddenly being displayed by such a huge audience. The same people clamoring for a boycott of the supermarket or declaring the stupidity of the minister… I wonder how many of those individuals have devoted time, efforts or money to any animal shelter. How many of those people have “pets” which are tied 24-7? Or abandoned after realising their care was too involved? How many of them have purchased wild meat which is illegal to sell? But being a keyboard warrior is easier and offers an equally satisfying sense of pride and support.
It is mind-boggling to me that humans consider themselves the most developed species and think nothing of inflicting harm to animals unable to defend themselves for reasons of convenience or simply lack of concern. And if humans cannot be depended on to do the right thing, then it becomes critical for efficient laws to be in place to make animal cruelty a punishable offense. Think of how many stray dogs are seen roaming. Would you treat the human members of your family in the manner that you treat the animal members? Probably not 😔
When I made the decision to become vegan, part of my decision was a conscious awareness of the unsustainable practices that govern our dairy and meat industry worldwide. I have no qualms with anyone who chooses to eat meat, but I also believe strongly in awareness. The practices used by the dairy and meat industries are barbaric. The documentary “Earthlings” delves deeply into these businesses and shows in detail the cruelty dealt to what becomes our food. But sometimes it’s easier to turn a blind eye than make an actual stand for what is right.