No Good Deed…

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I just read a boast of the conviction of a pet rescue.

I had and have no knowledge of this particular situation except what I just went back and watched and read from the beginning of the case. It may have been a righteous bust, at least in terms of pet limits (that’s another discussion), but the rescue’s vet, operating independently of them, in his interview spoke positively of the project.

Despite the typical description of an animal raid, (deplorable is a favorite term, used almost without fail), no evidence of that was shown in the news coverage that I watched, except for a few turds outside, where they usually are right before they’re picked up. In my experience, if deplorable is there, the TV folks will happily show it, over and over. There were no visuals I found of a hellhole.

When someone houses a number of old and sick animals, that is called a sanctuary or hospice. Of course, the animals must be well cared for and receive medical care, but even when they are, by it’s very nature, there will be sick animals there at any given time. Visit an old folks home for humans if you don’t know what I mean.

In my own bitter experience, agencies which kill animals dislike those who don’t, because they make them look bad. They will attack and stop them if they can. How dare they save lives without permission!

A very wise man I know, who also pointed out how very strange it is that “humane” societies took on the task of killing shelter animals, told me long ago that calling someone a “collector”, (and let’s add “hoarder”), is “the last refuge of the scoundrel”.

There are clearly real hoarders and people who mistreat and neglect animals, but simply housing a lot of them, including imperfect ones, does not make you a bad or sick person. In fact, it might make you a hero. However, these accusatory words are as powerful and lasting a demonization as is ” child molester”. When they are untrue, lives are ruined cruelly.

If anyone recognizes the case I’m referring to, I’m also speaking generally because I’ve personally seen it happen a number of times unjustly, and when dealing with government agencies, might makes right. I hope people will be less manipulated by one-sided accounts, pre-existing competition and personal dislikes, and consider motive on both sides.

Before anyone takes this personally and attempts to rebut or get defensive, remember I’ve seen this type of abuse firsthand from just about all my local agencies, which is why I recognize the rhetoric always used to justify toppling private sanctuary efforts to save lives they the system does not. By now, I could write the raid accounts myself in advance.

In many cases, even if there are problems, a little assistance could make them valuable allies to HELP do the huge job of saving animals.

But private no-kill sanctuaries are too threatening for that.

They illustrate too clearly what is wrong with the existing shelter model: that animals need to be saved from THEM.

 

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A Word That Should Be Less Needed

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The word “compassion” is used a lot by animal advocates and others, in terms of those suffering at human hands.

By the time it’s necessary to have compassion (sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it) there is already a victim.

While compassion is good, in that the victim needs help, it would be better to not have a victim.

To reach that state, what our species needs before compassion is empathy (the feeling that you understand and share another being’s experiences and emotions, the ability to share someone else’s feelings), which leads to decency (polite, moral, and honest behavior and attitudes that show respect for other people/other animals), justice (the principle or ideal of just dealing or right action) and fair play (a way of behaving or of treating other people/other animals that is honest and fair).

If we would simply have respect (a feeling or understanding that other beings, human or otherwise, are important and valuable, and should be treated in an appropriate way), a lot would fall into place, and we would only need compassion for those suffering for reasons not caused by us. We would drastically cut its use in conversation, since we presently account for a huge chunk of the suffering of those shaped unlike us.

And if our human lifeform truly had Love, few words would be needed at all.