While our hearts nearly wrench clean out of our bodies when we see the animals on the television or in print ads that have been severely abused by human beings, we still need to know that such abuse exists. It has, most likely, since the existence of man, but the ASPCA has only been in existence since 1866.
Henry Bergh became known as ‘The Great Meddler” when he approached leaders in Clinton Hall in New York on February 8th, 1866, for “these mute servants of mankind.” He stressed that "This is a matter purely of conscience; it has no perplexing side issues. It is a moral question in all its aspects." With that, animals had rights; all animals that is except other human beings!
The ASPCA was actually the group that fought against child abuse for the first time in 1874 for a little girl named Mary Ellen Wilson. No one else would step in to help the child from being terrorized but this great animal rights group. Wilson was declared an animal of the human species in order to get help.
It is no wonder that the ASPCA is still prevalent today. There are loving and caring people like Bergh still in existence. They will continue to fight for the rights of the defenseless (now there are even societies and groups that help human children escape from abuse).
But, sadly, abuse continues. Take for instance the case of Thirteena, a two-year-old Springer Spaniel-Lab mix that was taken from her own yard in early November, a week after Halloween in Sun Valley Nevada. The dog was discovered only a day later by a friend of the family, about two miles from home.
It was evident that something terrible had happened to the young dog because her ears were swollen as were her eyes. Her nose and tail also showed signs of distress and the white on her coat was all brown. The dog had been burned, but even the veterinarian does not know how or by what she was burned!
The dog was rescued though and although she had to have most of her ears amputated and her eyes and tail took a while to heal, she lived through the horrific ordeal, albeit traumatized.
Thanks to the formation of the ASPCA so many years ago, there are now other authorities, such as the Washoe County Animal Services, that will help look into the abusers in this case. There are even laws now that can prosecute offenders for felonies (if intent can be proven) in cases such as this.
While not everyone appreciates the hard work and dedication of those that devote themselves to saving innocents, there is still definitely a reason that the ASPCA and other related organizations exist. Sadly enough, as long as human beings are around, it seems abuse will be likely to continue.