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A LETTER OF AWAKENING
By Rich Raushenbach
Even if you never have before, itís not too late to join the battle
for hunted wildlife. Iím sure many individuals like me are aware of many
cases of animal abuse. Yet, I did nothing. I said nothing. Inside I raged.
One fine autumn day, that all changed. I observed two men dressed
in camo, sneaking across my backyard in the middle of suburbia. I was
unaware of what they were up to until they started dragging away a doe they
had shot with an arrow. I was astounded that the city I live in would not
only allow, but sanction bow hunting within city limits.
I attempted to file a complaint with the police. They refused to take
it. I complained to the Mayor via letters. He responded by having the police
chief call me to say they ďappreciated my input.Ē What a hoot.
Since that day, Iíd have to say, Iíve been transformed. Like most
humans, I preferred to look away or ignore abuse of animals because from
childhood I was fed propaganda that said it was ok, in fact noble, to kill
animals for pleasure. Even as a child I knew that this was an activity
practiced by the worst types to walk the planet.
Fortunately, to sort of balance that sobering realization, I have met
some people through an animal rights group who really do respect life. I
especially am grateful for the inspiration given to me by a woman who has
been fighting for years to wake up other people to the travesty that goes on
every day under the guise of ďsport hunting.Ē This is an activity that
claims the right to essentially rob all of us of the joy of experiencing the
wildlife that is put here for all of us.
Many of us sleepwalk through our daily lives. Maybe itís a coping skill.
However, I would encourage anyone who has the slightest urge to actually do
something about these issues, not to be afraid. The first step may be
difficult and discouraging, but you will find a strength you may never have
known you had. Best of all, youíll be doing something for the world we all
Rich is now an animal protector in Ohio.
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