Earth’s Animals and American Pets
If you think anything other than “Earth’s animals are here for our pleasure”, you are part of a minuscule minority.
The truth is that we use animals on this planet like every other commodity on this planet. Animals are no more important to us than wheat, oil, or oranges. We cage them, butcher them, eat them, abandon them, mistreat them, chain them, kick them, hunt them, and even put them in a show.
In an report from CNN :Performing animals mistreated in China , the American media giant angrily points its fingers at the performing animal industry in China. While everything in the article is true, it rings of “take care of the log in your own eye before you point out the splinter in your neighbor’s eye”. America has nothing to be proud of when it comes to the treatment of animals.
To be fair to China, here are our statistics:
Over $2 billion is spent annually by local governments to shelter and ultimately destroy 8-10 million adoptable dogs and cats due of shortage of homes. Source: Business Wire Features
Less than 3% of dog guardians are responsible for surplus births. Source: Save Our Strays
An estimated 6 to 8 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters each year. Millions more are abandoned, only to suffer from illness or injury before dying. Source: Doris Day Animal League
Animals in America, and around the world, are the last great use for the use of chains and collars.
The Human society summed it up : Dogs (like people) are social animals, yet more than 200,000 dogs live empty lives chained or tethered outdoors. Tied-up outside, dogs become lonely, bored, and anxious, and they can develop aggressive behaviors. Bring a dog inside (or help a chained dog in your neighborhood) and you’ll keep everyone safer.
I enjoy the company of dogs and cats. I also realize that we have seriously messed with their DNA and put them in conditions that go against all of their instincts. There is nothing that we can take as prideful concerning our treatment of animals. We have always lauded our dominance over them. Even our religions tell us to use and abuse them however we want.
As we move forward in our evolution our descendants are going to categorize history by our leaps in humanity. We are sitting dead in the middle of the age of abuse and ego. We are not going to be remembered fondly by our descendents. Quite possibly they will not even consider us human.