Thursday, 18 June 2009

Turning A Blind Eye

Having got my teeth into this subject of animal welfare, I can't let it go just yet.

On the news yesterday, there was a whole family in the UK who have just been prosecuted for keeping over a hundred horses in squalor on their farm in Amersham, even to the point of allowing some of them to die of hunger and thirst in their disgusting stables, then simply leaving them to rot where they fell.

It is unbelievable that neighbours or visitors to the farm didn't call in the RSPCA before things got so bad. How many blinkered human beings looked the other way, instead of making a stand? Even younger members of that family were condoning the atrocious behaviour of their elders by their continued silence. The farmer and his wife had several grown up sons and daughters. They had to have been aware of their father's cruelty, yet they remained silent.

This same silence was being kept by all those people in America, who had to be aware of those poor moneys being treated like human babies ; owners of shops where the doting 'parents' spent a fortune on baby clothes; supermarkets where the check out girls oohed and aahed at the tiny creatures, but made no attempt to call in animal rescue organisations to investigate such abnormal behavior.

Has the world lost all sense of common decency? Hopefully, not Blogland. I urge everyone who reads this post to talk about these animal welfare issues, to bring them to the notice of as many people as possible; to keep a weather eye open for any similar instances of cruelty and to have the courage to make a noise about it, rather than remain silent.

The animals have no choice. They can't speak for themselves. We can speak on their behalf... please do.

21 comments:

  1. What a shame that people behave in such a manner. Were the owner's broke? Sometimes neglect is a combination of lack of intelligence,lack of heart and lack of money. It is so important that people speak up and help these suffering animals. Thanks for the post, Jinksy. <3

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  2. Makes me shudder at the horror of it all. A sobering post, Jinksy, thank you.

    I berated a woman in a Waitrose car park for leaving her old, grey-muzzled labrador in her SUV one sweltering day last year with not a breath of air...all the windows were firmly closed. She whacked me with her handbag and told me it was none of my $%*&*£^# business and that she'd only been gone for 10 minutes. I took note of her number plate as she drove off in a fury and phoned the RSPCA when I got home. Never heard back, but I hope they ticked her off in no uncertain fashion.

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  3. That and puppy mills make me very sad.

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  4. "all those people in America" does not include me in this instance, as I was completely unaware of the monkeys until reading about them in your post. I simply must listen more to the news.

    Speaking of Americans, I read a story on Matt Drudge's blog this week about a convenience store clerk's being shot or stabbed by a thief while customers kept shopping and coming and going and the poor man lying on the floor unhelped....

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  5. people that self-centered wouldn't think twice about monkeys or horses....

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  6. i think it's a new human behaviour this. this thing of ignoring things that are obviously wrong, in case... in case they have to get involved, in case they are called upon to help, in case they may be mistaken (although sometimes that's just a pathetic excuse), in case.....

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  7. It is amazingly sad, isn't it? I mean, even those folks who carry little dogs in their purses as though they were a fashion accessory. Hideous the way some people treat other living beings.

    (This from a man who loves to eat meat, but...)

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  8. All of us need to be more tenderhearted about all creatures great and small. If one sees animals being mistreated, it is the responsibility of that one to report it. I saw a dog left in an unattended car at a parking lot....the windows cracked for air...but that wasn't enough for the poor dog. I called the police, and they came. We all need to do more.
    Smiles,
    Jackie

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  9. When we were in Texas last year Jinksy we went round a huge shopping mall (not my idea of fun anyway) and there was a pet shop with a lot of pedigree pups for sale at enormous prices. Every one was freshly bathed and sweet smelling, but all were asleep in glass cages in the window. When I see my terrier muddy, scuffed, flying round the field after a rabbit I wish I could tell her how lucky she is.

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  10. Oh, I so agree with you Jinksy. I'm with the animals on this one, even the moneys!? They don't have a voice and so many of them suffer in silence. I see it all the time. It has taken me two months to tame a little black and white cat who come to my door every morning for food. She doesn't have any other home, I'm sure of it. What saddens me is that for weeks she crouched away from me or ran away. She was sure she was going to get hit or kicked or something. I hate to see animals reacting in that way, don't you. What could have happened to her I wonder. It is our duty to help the animals who cross our path and SHAME on the those people who ignored the plight of the horses. SHAME ON THEM!
    Blessings, Star

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  11. It always amazes me at how many uncaring people there are in the world. If this family couldn't afford to feed the horses, why didn't they sell them or give them away, rather then let them starve. And yes, why didn't someone in their own family seek help or a neighbor that lived down wind to that farm, the smell must have been horrible. Why didn't they call authorities?

    On the other hand, the few people that are good Samaritans, we never hear about them, which is a shame.

    But it still always leaves me speechless when I hear a story like this one. There was a pig farm about 12 miles from us, they were turned in for not caring for their animals. And we also had a person that was suppose to board and care for dogs, plus she could bury other peoples dogs on her farm. That's when it was discovered she wasn't operating according to code, and leaving the animals lay around and rot. They have to be deranged, how could anyone do this? I guess that's the reason we always brought our dogs home from the vet's and buried them in our backyard, with a marker.

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  12. Yes, and loudly. We must speak out whenever and wherever we see injustice and abuse. Keeping quiet makes us accomplices.

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  13. This is most unfortunate. A commendable post, it does create awareness and I have deccided to keep my eyes and ears open on this.

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  14. Oh Nups, unfortunately this happens all over the world even here in my tiny town and provience. I shudder every time I hear about these things on the news or in the newspapers. Here they have started to heavily fine the culprits and I am hoping that will make these kind of people think at least.....:-) Hugs

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  15. Jinksy, you are absolutely right!

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  16. ARGGGGHHHHH! don't get me started....

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  17. Hmmm, breaks my heart when I see things like that. You are so right! Thanks for bringing up this subject and for reminding us all to not look away if we see something horrible happening to animals (or to people).

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  18. Yes it is very sad but it is not always the owners and visitors fault. In our case, our neighbors are like those people. We have turned them in repeatedly over and over for abuse. They just pay the fine and get more animals to abuse. Our humane shelter knows them quite well. I could not begin to tell you the horrendous stories of animals they allowed to die.

    My fil turned them in in 1985. It was in the winter of '85 when he turned them in for having a goat tied out in the field with no shelter and a calf that was starving. When the humane shelter got there, they found dead rabbits, dead pigs, dead dogs, cats and various other animals that were frozen to the ground.

    They were taken to court and had to pay a hefty fine but that did not stop them. They moved to another town and those people kept turning them in. They moved back here where they had property and put a trailer up. I turned them in for starving their dogs. Those dogs were taken. The people got more and the it just kept going but now they moved back into the woods so I cannot see the animals.

    It is horrible to hear but even worse to see and you feel so helpless.......I do any way. I have shed tears over some of the sights I have seen from that place.

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  19. I am sorry but I meant to say it is the owners fault but not the visitors or neighbors....

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  20. I hadn't heard about the monkey business. You're right though...only in America.

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  21. Such a thought provoking post, Jinksy. I saw on the news about the horses. It doesn't bear thinking about what those poor creatures went through.

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