Mamas on the Soap box Again

I usually don’t have strong opinions or judge others on this blog or in my life, I am not trying to be
self-righteous and perfect
however……

😀

SoapBox

As most of you know I am a huge animal lover and have zero tolerance for any kind of animal abuse.

I don’t often voice strong opinions here, but I am doing it just this once 😀

On my way to work the news came on, I hate listening to the news, as I listened….I got goose bumps all over and chills went down my spine as my anger and disappointment rose.

A woman has been charged with cruelty to animals, for allegedly drowning a baby raccoon a public park in Midland on the Civic Holiday long weekend, the woman was seen submerging it in Little Lake, just off the beaten path, visitors to the park observed the woman one witness called police, although did not approach the woman.

Police officers responded to the scene, but the raccoon was already dead.

We are teaching our children to “Stand up to Bullies” to always do the right thing, get involved …children learn by example, so stand up and be pro active!

And yet “visitors” to the park stand idly by while someone is drowning an animal…?????

It wasn’t like she was wielding a machete or a semi automatic she was a 72-year-old woman!!

I would not have given it a second thought to approach!  How  could someone just stand there and watch something like this and know what the inevitable will be, there is no time to call the police!  These people should have acted immediately.

I know, I know it was just a menacing baby racoon….Hogwash!
and I know who am I to judge?

but

A couple of years ago the neighbours boys came over to show me some young kittens in a box.  I said “Oh they’re really sweet and so tiny, you better take them back to their mother, they’ll be getting cold and hungry”, they walked down the driveway and up the road towards their home, when I saw their mother walking towards them and yelling at the boys to “take that box up into the woods” as she’d told them…I looked at Paul and said “Did she just say what I think she said?”  We watched the boys come back with the box and head up the trail towards the woods, I walked towards them and said “What are you guys doing” they shrugged and kept walking , Mum was close behind, I asked again what they were doing with the box, they said “taking it into the woods”  I approached Mum, and well it wasn’t pretty or too civilized, I was floored at what was happening and could not control my anger, I took the box of kittens and brought them into the house, the next morning after a very long night we took them into the shelter.

What happened that day was so wrong on so many levels!!!

I think the boys knew this was wrong and wanted someone to stop it, that’s why they stopped here on their way, I told them quietly that they should never ever do something like this again, that it was wrong.  If they ever felt that they’d been asked to do something that they knew was wrong to say NO, no matter who it was.

I hope that one day things will change
and
“News” like this will not have to be told.

≈Laugh loudly, Love generously, Care deeply, Speak kindly≈

Rumpy and DeDes’ Animal Welfare Challenge

A wonderful blog I follow is Rumpy Dog and today Rumpy has posed quite a challenge.

The Animal Welfare Blogger Challenge

The challenge is to really look at something or things that we do in our daily life that impacts animals and write a post on the subject.

I wasn’t expecting this next part which has really made me think,

“A change in action is precipitated by a change in thinking, and this challenge is designed to make you think about what actions you take in your daily life that negatively impact animal welfare.”

I have always been an animal lover, have rescue animals in my home.  I have never really thought of the above statement before and it has made me really think, my stomach actually turned a bit when reading Rumpys thoughts, I never thought which is really stupid of me that I was negatively affecting animal world.

I am well aware of the treatment of cattle, poultry and pigs and more and the impact humans have on animal habitat.

Why I have I never really,really thought about this before?!

I eat pork, chicken, fish and eggs, I never consciously think of the impact or the inhumane treatment of animals when consuming these products.

After reading what Rumpy Dog posted this morning I will be making changes as to how we as a family purchase our food, a small step I could take would be to start buying eggs from local farmers, shopping more at farmers markets etc.  Having more than one meatless meal a week…and just simply being more aware of our “footprint” on the animal world.

I have purchased our Degus, fish and Mr. Rat from a pet store but will no longer do so, I don’t purchase cats or dogs from pet stores and never will, I do not shop at stores that sell animals I will now also check the labels on our cat and dog food bags and start making changes there as well.  I know these are small steps but they are steps :D.

Thank you Rumpy Dog and DeDe for opening my eyes.

blogger-challenge

http://rumpydog.com/2013/01/27/the-animal-welfare-blogger-challenge/