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Poor kitty! by American Elephant
August 7, 2007, 7:22 am
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poor kitty

We’ve all seen and read stories in the news lately about the rise of dog-fighting in America; horrific acts of evil perpetrated on animals for entertainment’s sake, brought to light by the indictment of Falcons’ quarterback, Michael Vick. Honestly, I hope he goes to jail.

Cock-fighting is also on the rise. Roosters with razorblades strapped to their legs, trained to fight to the death; conditioning that makes it impossible to rehabilitate the birds. Even if they are rescued alive, the roosters must be put down. That these evil contests are on the rise says something very sad about our society.

But animal cruelty manifests itself in many ways. Not all of them as blatantly heinous. If you’ve ever watched Animal Planet, you’ve seen the kind of cruelty I’m talking about–neglect. Dogs left chained up so long that their collars are digging into, and being grown over by their skin—injured animals left to suffer without veterinary care. And all sorts of treatment of trusting, helpless creatures that just breaks your heart—and if it doesn’t, something is wrong with you.

Something is apparently wrong with a great many of us. Now I am not putting the overfeeding of a pet on par with dog-fighting, violence, or even that kind of base neglect. But it is cruel. Many of these pets are so fat, they’re developing diabetes. It is neglect…neglect of the animals’ health and well-being. If you really want to show your dogs and cats how much you care for them, pay attention to their health, pay attention to their weight, talk to you vet about an appropriate amount of food, and play with your pet instead of giving it table scraps and fatty snacks. This cat doesn’t need a treat, it needs exercise! Tie a ball of paper to the end of a string and let it chase you around the house. Its good for your cat, its good for you, and it shows you respect your pet as more than an animated teddy bear—that you recognize a moral obligation to look out for your pets health and well being.

And if you can’t do those things, if you don’t have the time or inclination to make sure your pet is healthy and happy and loved, then you have no business having one. Try a nice silk plant. Valuing life is, after all, the most fundamental of conservative values.

As for the proliferation of dog and cock fighting, it is no coincidence that these fights are often associated with gang activity. Another sick symptom of some very deep ills that we must address and deal with.

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