It is appalling how many blogs on the web use animals as the butt end of a joke. While surfing one of the major blog exchanges I saw a video of a live kitten being stuffed into a fruit jar. I have seen dogs dressed up in people clothes. I have seen snakes held captive in boxes far too small for survival.
All of those blogs are examples of how we unconsciously numb the wild will of an animal’s natural instinct for survival for our own wretched sense of entertainment and the watcher is just as damned as the watched. Laughing at animals isn’t limited to the web. America’s Funniest Home Videos is the world record holder for television shows that cruelly used animals for the sake of a laugh.
Animals should not be purposefully scared or hurt or teased for the amusement of people. Those who participate in The Running of the Bulls in Spain deserve to be gored by a 1,300 pound bull. Those who give their money to circuses and zoos do not fully understand how those experiences destroy the spirit of the animals forced into service and the price we pay is an insensitivity to viciousness and a misunderstood meaning of dominion that intoxicates our common senses. I don’t eat animals.
I started not eating animals 10 years ago because I discovered animal fat did not play well in my body and the result was high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Removing the animal fats from my diet gave back my life and I, in turn, gave back life to some animals. Then I started doing research beyond my own selfish interest and I discovered there are reasons not to eat animals beyond your own health.
I now understand why it is not good to eat your friends on a universal level of humanity and I understand some of the best friendships I have made over my life have been with animals and not people. I always find it sad when people identify themselves as animal lovers while eating a hamburger. It is fascinating how they defend where they draw the line between animals that deserve their affection and those animals that need cooking. If you want to know the true spirit of a person watch them as they interact with animals.
Are they dismissive or attentive? Do they mock or love? Do they pet or push away? How a person treats an animal is how a person interacts with those perceived as less powerful and you’d be surprised how easily cruelty to an animal translates into inconsideration for people.
Animals, especially those who have been domesticated, are completely reliant on us for their care and feeding and that responsibility for not just their survival, but for their happiness as well, must trump folly in all contexts as we attempt to begin again to honor their wild will.