As a child I don't remember anyone sitting me down and giving me rules as to what I could do to animals and what I could not, I do remember quite well that my very own father was cruel to most of the animals we ever had as children and while I could have chosen to grow up and be just like him instead I knew I would choose to be nothing like him in my treatment of animals of any kind. I could have simply chosen like so many do to use ignorance as an excuse to do what ever I wanted to do to any and all animals I come into contact with and yet even as a small child surrounded by cruelty from those I was supposed to look to for guidance, I instead looked to my very own heart for that guidance in which I did not get from my own parents or many of the other adults I knew. So it is with this being my own experience I have to ask so many others who use their own childhoods as an excuse to be stupid, if I can choose kindness, so can you and why don't YOU? I cannot understand why so many of us think it is okay to look the other way when we always have a choice, to act, to speak up and make our voices heard for those who have no voice or speak differently than we do so we choose to ignore their pleas of help simply because we choose to not listen to the voice they were given. Even in my own childhood and the memories I have of so much abuse I can still remember whether on TV or in a book I got my little hands on, I was reminded that not all people lived the way I did and that abuse is wrong, it is wrong to inflict any type of pain onto another living creature, human or non human and I grew up instilling that belief in myself and practicing it in my everyday life as well as promoting it in others I always come across. China, Japan, Korea, Denmark and so many others countries who on one hand we hear stories of their riches and then their sick stories of cruelty and abuse I cannot wrap my mind around not even today in 2013 can I understand how and why it has gotten so bad, countries allowing sex with animals, torture of all types to all types of animals, how have we allowed it to get so bad? there is always something we can choose to do, call or write and keep doing so until we get the change we are fighting for, make our fight known to others so they to can join us and we can fight together to defend these precious animals. I have seen pictures I will never forget and I wish that on no other person, I cannot close my eyes without seeing the face of an animal who was killed in a way that I know they felt the most horrible pain. I pray for it to stop and yet it continues. Does it have to be against the law somewhere for it to be considered wrong? I don't think so, it has to come from our hearts to know that we have no right to do what we do and to inflict what we inflict on these innocent creatures. Social Media sites like Twitter and Facebook and others should be ashamed of themselves in the fact that they take any part in promoting such cruelty by allowing anyone who can use a computer to set up an account and post pics of themselves performing the sick acts of cruelty, GOING AS FAR AS POSTING LIVE VIDEOS OF THE ACTUAL ACTS. I have to wonder who monitors these sites and what they allow to be posted? It is one thing to use those sites to promote the fight against cruelty by reaching out to others in a positive way and encourage others to join the fight but to use those sites to advertise any type of cruel act simply because it gets a very sick minded person "off" is taking it a level to far and proves once again that GREED RULES THE MINDS OF MANY. I was shown cruelty by my own father, it was inflicted on my entire family and our animals and as a small child I knew the love I felt in my heart for all animals would never die and I would never stop fighting for them not against my father and anyone else who wish to hurt them. That came from some place deep inside me, it was not something I was forced to do or feel and no one or nothing can force me to feel anything but the love I do feel for them, it was placed in my heart for a reason and as afraid as I often was as a child I would always forget my own fear when standing up for the animals I loved. Where are the morals of so many today when you see the pictures of torture and abuse and wonder where are those that can stop it from happening at all? How do so many get away with the acts of abuse and torture in a world filled with people? We let them. I wish I could say that I have seen change over the years for the better but I cannot. I have seen it get worse and cannot imagine it getting worse after seeing so many of the pictures I have seen. Each and everyday we should always try to put forth our best effort for ourselves and others never knowing that even the smallest act of kindness could help save a life or change one for the better. My father lacked compassion and love and kindness towards the smallest of creatures and in all my fear and abuse and tears, I chose to rise above then and now, I would gladly take an ass beating if it meant my animals did not have to. Morals are not always taught, you either know how you feel and which side you are on in your heart or you become part of the problem. You cannot use your culture or any other stupid excuse for being cruel, you either are kind and loving or you are simply heartless. It is your choice. So make it the right one.
September 2, 2013