A road that we drive by numerous times during the week has these orange signs up that asks drivers to slow down while passing so that any animals that maybe crossing the road may pass by without being run over. I always promise myself to stop and take pictures, and finally I did.
Last winter I noticed that the signs were taken down. At one point someone had put up a bed sheet with some writing on it, thanking the person who had made them take down the signs…perhaps a neighbor complained to the local authorities..
They must have gotten approval to put the signs back up, as there they are again. I look forward to driving by the place and seeing what the critters are up to.
Today the BlogCatalog blogging event Bloggers against abuse will be happening all over the blogosphere. Thousands of blogs will be posting about different types of abuse. Since this is a Pet Blog, Animal Abuse will be the topic of choice.
Now I must admit, I am not a member of PETA and could not be considered to be an animal rights activist by any means. So the first question I need to ask myself and any readers who happen upon the Animal Abuse post? What is animal abuse?
Here are some examples of what I consider to be animal abuse, and please feel free to comment if you have something else to add:
- Animal fighting(dogs, chickens etc)…just this morning I heard on the news about an Atlanta football player who is confined to his million dollar estate due to drug charges. On his estate he also held dog fights. So I believe, I could be wrong about this, but I believe he faces racketeering charges due to the dog fighting. And so he should face charges, but having the luxury of being confined to his million dollar estate is way to nice of a punishment. I guess thats what happens when you are a “pillar of the community”.
- Racing animals– I really believe that animals should not be raced and humans should not have financial gains from this. To me this is just like the above, except they are not fighting, just racing. But what happens to the animals when their racing careers are over? And in these races, quite frequently, the animals are maimed and then killed as the result of the injuries.
- Killing unwanted animals– Domestic animals, when faced with problems often times end up in the pound or the SPCCA to wait to be adopted. Often times, the animals do not get adopted, but get put to sleep because there are not enough homes for the animals that are abandoned. In order to reduce the senseless killing of animals, I encourage pet owners to neuter their pets, and before giving a pet as a present, think about the realistic problems that will or could occur.
Off the top of my head, this is what I came up with for the event. I actually had not planned on participating in the event, but as it occurs, this post on Animal Abuse has come about. I will add links to the bottom of this post to other Animal Abuse posts to show support for the event and to connect readers to other Animal Abuse posts.
Animal Abuse Posts
Requested by Liudmila of http://animals-as-friends.blogspot.com/ to add the Use of Animals for Scientific testing to the list of Animal Abuse examples.
Just a quick little post. I just put the Mybloglog widget on the sidebar, but for some reason it just does not look the way I want it too. But oh well. If you stop by My pet blog, and are not a member of Mybloglog, feel free to join…it is free after all. Mybloglog is a tremendous resource that allows bloggers to connect with each other. Check out my account by clicking the link at the bottom of the widget.
I just came across a young ladies blog site, and noticed her post Top 5 Reasons to Adopt A Needy Pet: A ProBlogger Writing Project. In the post, she gives some good reasons why people should adopt needy pets rather than buying them from places like pet stores. MsDanielle had worked at a shelter so she has experienced how the shelters deal with unwanted animals. Stop by and check out her post and read her reasons for adopting needy pets.
I fully support the idea of adopting needy pets. Milton, my dog pictured to the left and in the header image, was such a pet.
This post is for my entry into MsDanielle’s contest to win a Microsoft Zune. The same
Zune that was given away by many others including John Chow.