Concern for the Welfare of Animals and Children

In the wake of the recent earthquake in Japan and the tornadoes in Alabama and Missouri, I’ve read a few stories pertaining to how some pets fared who survived these disasters, with some having gone to great lengths to find their humans again.

Most of the comments reacting to these stories were positive, with people being pleased to find some little good coming out of such horrific events.

However, there were a few negative comments; comments  that I see every time there is a story relating to the welfare of animals.  Such people always focus on the same theme.  In a nutshell, their complaint is to be disgusted and amazed that so many people would spend even the slightest amount of time being concerned with the welfare of animals when there were so many abused children in the world.

First of all, who said that caring for animals and caring for children are mutually exclusive?  It’s not as if it’s an either/or thing, that if you care about one, you cannot care about the other.

Secondly, those who mistreat pets and other animals are the very same people who are the most likely to abuse children as well.  It involves the same factor: preying upon those weaker than themselves.

So, these are not unrelated concerns, but, rather, go hand in hand.

Thoughts?

~ by libertine58 on May 28, 2011.

3 Responses to “Concern for the Welfare of Animals and Children”

  1. For many people pets are a member of the family, we feel as deep a connection with them as we would with our own children.
    Personally I would rather have a pet than a child, they’re always going to love you and they never complain and are very unlikely to crash your car.

  2. First, I agree with you that caring for children and pets is not mutually exclusive. It seems to me that you do what you can to help those you can, and we all have different gifts and different ideas to offer.

    Second, humans were the ones to domesticate animals, and with all that careful breeding comes a responsibility. We took away many of their survival instincts and made them dependent upon the safety and shelter of our civilization, so we should look out for them when those have been taken, too.

    Finally, King of Ankh, you have clearly never let your pets drive your cars. Crazy critters almost always crash them! 🙂

  3. Hi W,

    I agree with you; the two are not mutually exclusive and go hand in hand.

    Your post has made me reflect. When I see that commercial for Save the Children with pictures of the starving, death knocking at the door look in the eyes of those innocent precious children, I run to get my checkbook. When I see that ad for Save the Animals and the rolling pictures of dogs and cats, so wounded and with such tormented and sad eyes, with “In the Arms of an Angel” playing in the background, it’s too much for me to bear; I cannot hold back the tears, and I have to look away. Then, I run and get my checkbook. Now whenever I hear the first few notes of that song, I know what’s coming and I bolt to get to my tv remote, crying all the while.

    Just to add, I liked what Paula said about our responsibility to those animals we have domesticated. Very true and insightful.

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