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By Pam Stevens
Managing Editor 

How one treats animals is a sign to who they really are


May 21, 2013

I love animals, especially dogs. I have two of my own and if I didn’t have my husband to “control” me, I would probably have several. I just want to save every dog I see that needs a good home.

I have to admit that I am on the far end of the scale when it comes to the treatment of my dogs. They live like kings. My son even said to me once, “Mom, if I was a dog, I’d want to be yours.”

If I’m being honest, more times than not my dogs run me, not the other way around.

I have this soft spot for defenseless animals. The circle of life thing, doesn’t always sit well with me, so I avoid those nature shows when animals are tracking other animals for food.

I know it is the way it has to be but I don’t want to watch it. I actually get upset that the cameramen aren’t stopping it instead of sitting there filming the whole savage scene.

Many of my friends and family feel the same way about animals. The thought of someone being unkind to them or abusing them in any way is hard to hear.

When the ASCPA commercials on television showing abused and neglected animals comes on, I have to change the channel.

Last week, a woman in Edmonds was arrested for cruelty to animals. She was found to have 14 dogs in and around her home.

Investigators were led to the home after seeing a video which portrayed cruelty to those animals. There is even a YouTube video of it.

How horrible is that? Not only is someone taking a video of this horrific abuse but then they put it on YouTube for others to view. This is a sick world we live in.

A few weeks ago I saw the preview to the television show called Urban Tarzan about exotic animals being used in fight rings.

Alligators, endangered cats and other animals being put into a ring to fight to the death for the pure entertainment of human beings. It’s sick and is a sign of deeper issues in these humans.

According to the FBI, people who have a history of cruelty to animals is a trait that regularly shows in serial rapists and murderers. Being cruel to animals is rarely the stopping point for most.

PETA’s website shared the following, “A study conducted by Northeastern University and the Massachusetts SPCA found that people who abuse animals are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against humans. The majority of inmates who are scheduled to be executed for murder at California’s San Quentin penitentiary “practiced” their crimes on animals, according to the warden.”

We also need to remember that just because someone owns their animal, it doesn’t give them a right to mistreat it. If they are treating their animals in this manner how do they treat their families?

Please, if you see anyone being cruel to an animal, whether they are the animal’s owner or not, please report it to the police. This is against the law.

I can’t imagine how I would feel if I witnessed animal cruelty and didn’t report it. If we don’t speak up for these defenseless animals, who will?

“Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives,” humanitarian Dr. Albert Schweitzer wrote.


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