Only the stories from my Tuesday nights at the Dog Shelter come close to being as important to me as what I must share with you now. I write this because I must. I do not mean to upset anyone, but you would be less than human if you were not upset. I guess I want to rally support from those of you who I know to be sensitive and caring people, to join me in speaking out against the unspeakable..
After 198 posts, I have a story that has broken something in me, changed me, re-defined what it is to reinvent myself, and put that into focus.
Violently punching young calves in the face, body slamming them to the ground, and pulling and throwing them by their ears
Routinely using pitchforks to stab cows in the face, legs and stomach
- Kicking "downed" cows (those too injured to stand) in the face and neck – abuse carried out and encouraged by the farm's owner
- Maliciously beating restrained cows in the face with crowbars – some attacks involving over 40 blows to the head
- Twisting cows' tails until the bones snapped
- Punching cows' udders
I seriously questioned whether I could go on living in a world that produces such cruelty.
I know, intellectually, that this horrific abuse of humans and animals exists, but I cling to the naive notion that there is enough beauty in the world to compensate for these remote instances of horror that, unseen, fail to affect me. It is necessary remind myself that all is not art and beauty. And maybe I CAN effect change, in a small way...perhaps from this page.
For me to post the video here would, I think, constitute abuse. But caring individuals should see what has happened. I am including the link to the Mercy for Animals web site here, containing the video as well as comments from animal care experts, so that you may understand why this has upset me and so many others so much, and so that you have a recourse for supporting this organization in fighting this cruelty.
As a result of the efforts of this group to produce and release the video, the main perpetrator of these awful abuses was arrested and arraigned today on 12 counts of animal cruelty. "Each cruelty to animals count he faces has a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $750 fine."
My nurturing side, my forgiving side, is misfiring tonight. I doubt that a person this dangerous can ever be redeemed. I don't think the maximum sentence is enough to compensate for what he has done or to turn his heart around.
And there are so many others....
Can I summon the courage to make the changes necessary to join the fight against it? I hope I can offer some reports of progress in this effort, very soon. The dog shelter is but a first step.