Typically I like to keep things light on this blog; however, I have a passion for animals I can’t quite explain other than I believe we, as the guardians of domesticated animals, must protect them to the best of our abilities. Anything less is unacceptable.
Unfortunately, humans epic fail at this duty. When humans do not spay or neuter animals… when humans let animals fend for themselves… when humans forget that domesticated animals rely on them… my heart just aches.
The story of the Ontario SPCA has especially touched my heart. See, I have an affinity for small animals like gerbils after nurturing three wee gerbils for the past three years. I suppose it’s their size, or maybe their big beautiful eyes, or the way they curl up when they’re sleeping. There’s just something about them. Plus, they’re my surrogate children and it breaks my heart to know someone would abuse their little wards.
The lack of empathy shown by the OSPCA for their wards has been heartbreaking to say the least. I will admit to tears, especially after seeing pictures of the little critters that didn’t make it. Apparently the wee animals were the first to be euthanized for a virulent case of ringworm, a treatable disease.
Was it for money that the OSPCA plotted to euthanize all the animals in their care? Treatment of ringworm is not cheap and cash-strapped charities cannot always do the right thing.
Yet, isn’t there some irony in the Society for the Prevention for the Cruelty of Animals instigating cruelty by destroying animals who were almost perfectly healthy?
The OSPCA must be held accountable. Held accountable for letting the illness spread through their facility. Held accountable for making a bad decision to euthanize all their animals. And held accountable for the nightmares they’ve given animal lovers who hate to see animals ill-used.
Thankfully, public outcry has halted the mass euthanization, at least for now.
However, the rest of us (humans, that is) who allow animals to reproduce unchecked, who dump animals because we no longer want them, and who abuse even just one small critter ought to be held accountable too.
Long ago, humans decided they wanted to forge a partnership with animals and domesticate them. Animals responded by giving us companionship, love, and of course, their own particular traits and skills.
Now it’s our turn to live up to the bargain.
Support organizations who are trying to do right by helping animals affected by humans’ callousness. Adopt an animal today. Hug your own pet a little tighter. Even a small thing makes a difference because it is a step away from hatred and abuse.
There, I’m done. I will return you to your regular programming.