Yesterday I wrote about an international conference being held in
England to explore “the relationship between animal abuse and human
violence,” and ended with a few of my observations concerning cruelty.
Today I want to add a few more thoughts about this rampant,
increasing, world-wide problem. Isn’t it interesting how humans, who are
quick to condemn – and rightly so – serial killers and high-profile,
media-hyped criminals who kill dogs, for example, at the same time
contribute to and hold in high esteem those who are responsible for far
more abuse and killings that are routine?
Can this be because the relatively few, well-publicized killings
offer an object – or scapegoat, shall we say – for the public to vent
on; so that the socially acceptable cruelties such as hunting, fishing,
animal entertainment and, of course, the hidden atrocities of the
billions of animals in factory farms and slaughterhouses, can flourish?
In all this mayhem, where are the majority in this country who claim
to believe in God? Why are they among the first in line to accuse animal
advocates of being “self-righteous”? Isn’t it ironic that today, in
sheer numbers, the round-the-clock slaughter of animals far exceeds
anything that the ancients were able to do with all their sacrifices and
“entertainment”? Yet, what are most of those who call themselves
“Christians” doing to stem the tide of abuse?
As long as people continue to fund cruelty through money spent on
animal- exploiting products and “charities” the atrocities will not only
continue, they’ll escalate. Looking the other way and insulting the few,
who are really trying to live by a higher standard for the good of all
creation, will only lead to the earth’s destruction from which there
will be no turning back.