Let me start off by explaining something. I am not a huge pet lover. Actually I’m not a pet lover at all. I don’t hurt them or anything. I’m just not all goo goo over them.
I’m not afraid of dogs. I don’t have a story of triumph over defeat at the expense of a dog. I don’t even really have a reason why I don’t like animals. It’s just not in me.
Now I realize that there are so many people out that absolutely love animals, dogs in particular. Some disgustingly so (stop letting your dogs kiss you in the mouth people…seriously).
There’s a dog craze in this country that goes deep. As a result, people/companies have tried to use that to their advantage. To make you feel sad and probably send money. Remember this depressing ass commercial?
‘scuse me while I go jump off a cliff.
Now let me get to the point. About a month or so ago, much to the proof of the love of my family, we got a dog. My ladies in the house had been hounding me (pun intended) and in a degree of compromise I gave in.
See the mrs and I have had our shares of ups and very very downs. But lately it’s been really good as I’ve witnessed her working harder at it. So I wanted to give something on my end. And our little girl has been working hard in school. So I lifted the no dogs rule that I had implemented.
So here she is and her name is Lilly or Lily, depending on who you ask.
Now here’s my point. My wife picked up Lilly from the shelter in the City of Los Angeles.
Apparently she was abused before and found her way out of that situation right into the comforts of the shelter. The love, the protection, the non-abuse.
My wife decides to go on a Friday to pick up the dog. Didn’t want to wait for the weekend. Not even the next day.
Well, do you know what they were going to do to Lilly and many other dogs at the shelter if no one “purchased” them by Saturday?
THEY KILL THEM!!
Are you kidding me?! They would have been better off in their abused home.
The reason they kill them, as I’ve been told, is because there are too many of them and they have no place to put them.
Yeah we have that same problem in LA too. It’s called the 405. Imagine that. Imagine being able to freely kill people because there are just too many of us on the freeway.
With the size of this planet there is NO OTHER alternative than to kill them?
I thought animal lovers would be outraged at this. Guess what? The people I’ve talked to about this all knew that this was the way it worked. Some even defended it. Where is your song for this Sarah McLachlan? Where is your commercial about this ASPCA?
Now remember I said I’m not a dog lover. But I don’t believe in just killing anything because there’s too many of them. Being a minority if someone ever got the idea to randomly take out my people because they have no place to put us, I’d have to own a gun store to protect my family.
My issue is more with the double standard. Remember this man?
Yeah some of you cringed. Michael Vick has gone through hell and back since his conviction including losing nearly two years of his life for “Animal Cruelty”.Isn’t killing them even more cruel? More dramatic?
This was because of dog-fighting.
Hmmm, let’s see. Humans fight. Matter of fact we put them in cages now with no equipment and give it three letters….UFC. Oh now it’s ok? Why isn’t the Commissioner of UFC not spending two years in prison for human cruelty?
“But Spiritt, those poor dogs didn’t have a choice”.
Sure they did. I can’t get Lilly to get off my foot without moving her myself. I tell her to do something and she stares at me. Go somewhere, she lays. Not that she doesn’t understand me. She just doesn’t feel like it. Dogs are smart. That’s what you love about them. Don’t make them stupid when it’s convenient.
And let’s not forget that some dogs can kill. They can kill humans they can bite you and hurt you or, worse, your children bad. Much like you wouldn’t pick a fight with a UFC you wouldn’t pick one with a vicious dog either. And the animals that Michael Vick were using to fight were not little cutsie stay in the house Poodles named Fifi with Pink Ribbons wrapped around their neck. They were the vicious UFC fighters of the dog breed.
And for the record. I’m AM NOT defending Michael Vick. All I’m saying is why is he the devil to animal lovers when your neighborhood shelter is killing animals a few blocks from your home?
Where’s the outrage?
- ASPCA Responds to Michael Vick Interview on ’60 Minutes’ (prweb.com)
- Fight Animal Cruelty this April (actoblog.com)
- Sponsor of Animal-Shelter Bill Offers to Change Kill Provision After Outcry (cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Pet euthanasia in shelters unpopular (cbsnews.com)