Thursday, June 12, 2014

Animal Kindness

“The indifference, callousness and contempt that so many people exhibit toward animals is evil first because it results
in great suffering in animals, and second because it results in an incalculably great impoverishment of the human spirit.”
- Ashley Montagu -

So you drive a fancy car and own expensive jewelry and live in a big house and wear the latest fashions and have a fat bank account and you’re the bigwig at work...

Whoop–de–do...

But what is the worth of your character? How compassionate are you? Particularly with animals. Do you treat them humanely? With respect? Kindness?


Anyone who knows me well enough knows that my love and sensitivity for animals is monumental, and that nothing will tell me more about you as a human being than the way you treat them. All living beings have just as much right to be here as you and I, and if you don’t like animals, at least don’t hurt them.


With so much animal cruelty around the world, I find my faith in humanity shattered repeatedly, and question how an intelligent species such as ours can behave so barbarically. So I often find myself searching for uplifting stories that remind me that there are really good people out there doing really good things. For the more vulnerable.

Like in this video:



Thank goodness for them.

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

31 comments:

  1. How unbelievable Martha...
    I am thinking of doing a post today, on that hideous animal abuse out in BC...
    I have already written to SAPUTO...who is associated with this dairy farm...
    2 of my children have turned vegetarian in the last 3 years, due to animal abuse...and slaughtering habits...
    Great job bringing this to people's attention...once again..
    It is like we know it is happening, but sometimes we feel...or at least I feel...my voice is not loud enough to put an end to it...people who abuse animals are a complete and utter mystery to me...shame on them!
    Good job Martha...I am sure you will stir things up...at least here...for a lot of us
    Enjoy your day..
    Linda :o)

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    1. That's what got me so upset and triggered this post, Linda...that abuse out in B.C. How awful. I'm so ashamed that it is going on in our beautiful country. Not that things like that never happen here (they do), but it's in our backyard, which makes it that much more distressing. Good for your kids! I admire people who commit to being vegetarians and vegans. They have my respect.

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  2. Great post! I too find my faith in humanity shattered...a deep hurt.

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    1. Definitely a deep hurt. It's beyond my comprehension how people abuse the vulnerable so callously. I can't wrap my head around it.

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  3. Good post ! Yup If your not a animal/ nature lover I have no time for ya . I dont understand how humans can be so cruel to helpless animals , oh dont get me started here , all I have to say is I love animals and nature and do all I can to look after it ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good week !

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    1. Yes, I also cannot understand how people can be cruel to helpless animals. What kind of person can do horrible things and have no conscience. It's beyond me. I don't want people like that in my life. I can't trust them.

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  4. I have always found it impossible to like someone who doesn't like animals. How can anyone not like animals? I saw a photo recently of a man posing with a mountain lion he had just killed while hunting. He was smiling proudly. It made me sick. How could this man be smiling having just killed such a beautiful creature. But those people notwithstanding, there are far more people who LOVE animals and that is a beautiful thing :) as is this video. And I love that the title is in German :)

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    1. Ugh...I know exactly what you mean! Stories like that make me sick, too. People like that disgust me. Completely. Beautiful animals killed for nothing. Just so someone can feel 'tough' and 'superior'. Sickening...

      And even though my soul aches, deep down, just like you, I truly believe that there are wonderful people out there who do care. We just don't hear about them enough. It's always the bad news that circulates.

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  5. Touching video, Martha... thanks for passing it on :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Monique. I hope you are doing well.

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  6. I don't eat meat, and I stop my car when squirrels and other animals get too close.

    I do find it funny to hear older folks talk about how morality is declining in the modern day. A hundred years ago wasn't that long ago but back then and beyond being kind to animals was a rarity.

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    1. Good for you, Adam! I admire people who make that type of commitment.

      And you are right! We have come a long way with treatment of animals. In the past, it was even worse.

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  7. I will never understand how anyone could mistreat an animal.
    Such a wonderful and touching video
    Made my heart smile ....

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    1. You and me both, Margie. Some people are simply cruel, and lack a conscience.

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  8. Tears in my eyes, that's for sure. Loved this post. Big animal people here.
    We have rescue pups. It's the ONLY way we roll.

    Thanks for this post.

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    1. Just like us. Big animal people! Our two cats are also rescue cats. Adopted them from the local shelter. I wouldn't have it any other way! Glad to hear you're both the same :)

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    2. Yeah, it's just the only way that works for us. And sure, I don't get little teeny pups, but
      I don't care. There were six teeny little ones when we got Wiggy. But Wiggy picked us,
      so we wrapped her up and took her home. Same with Bug. Though with Bug, they
      found her in a ditch. She was just a little bag of bones when we got her. Now she's all
      attitude and trouble. And we love it.

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  9. The human race never ceases to amaze me. And for all the wrong reasons, especially in regards to animal cruelty.

    My only hope is that karma exists.

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    1. I believe it does, Wendy. In fact, I'm counting on it!

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  10. There are some great people in the world, and the video proves that. A vulture is beautiful in the sky, but hard to love up close even if they perform an important function in nature. We have a flock of vultures that lives in our town. They soar every evening and are great to see.

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    1. There certainly are some great people in the world. Thank goodness for them. They really make a difference.

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  11. Back in the day when I living the single lifestyle for umpteen years… a real deal breaker would be someone who didn't like animals. I've left a guy standing at the door when he said …. ew you have a cat?

    My cat at that time was the most friendly gorgeous Maine Coon Cat on the planet. She always came to the door to see what was what. If Yorkshire (m'cat) didn't like someone? out they went. She liked everyone … I've had animals all my life.

    One of the main things about my husband was his treatment of animals. We both killed nothing. well, gnats and mosquitoes… they're rat bastards.

    Whenever I hear someone say ~ the (fill in the blank) are getting closer and closer to neighborhoods… Well yeah! we've taken away their home….. they were here first… drives me insane…

    "nothing will tell me more about you as a human being than the way you treat them. All living beings have just as much right to be here as you and I, and if you don’t like animals, at least don’t hurt them."

    I didn't write that? … exactly!

    abuse of any kind drives me insane but abuse to those who can't fight back is the epitome of evil.

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    1. I would do the same, Carolyn! I could NEVER be with someone that was really cold with animals. They don't have to really LIKE them, but I would expect some type of feeling. And I would never tolerate someone who would hurt an animal. That is the ULTIMATE deal breaker. Thankfully, my husband is just as kind toward them. This is important to me.

      Yes, abuse to those who can't fight back is definitely the epitome of evil! You have to be completely heartless!

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  12. This is such a beautiful video, I'm afraid for animals here where I live, the summer i lost Sammi, rumours abounded that any cats or dogs found a the beach were either drowned or buried in the sand, apparently this gang of animal hater would do that at night, I called the police, and they told me they heard the rumours, but hadn't any evidence yet, and it scares so many cats and dogs are disappearing, i read an article in our hometown newspaper from a person who listed all the types o of dogs beautiful wonderful dogs, that lived in our city, and she said that all of them would bite, and something should be done about it...And so many cats disappear every week there is ads in our newspapers about their pets having disappeared and their willingness to pay anything to get them back. It breaks my heart on so many levels that i promised myself that i am keeping my eye out where ever I go...to find some of the lost ones but some are lost forever. One beautiful night i will go to our marina during the night and I will watch, and I'm so hurt by all the animal haters. Even when I got sick and I weren't sure how much money i'd get, and my boyfriend at the time, said no problem we will move at my cottage, but your German Sheppard (who had been living with us forever and lying next to us own our bed or next to our bed) will have to live outside all year long, and I got so upset , that I started crying and told him he had no conscience and I would in the street before I allowed my German Sheppard to live outside without us and live in the cold, that's when I realized that my son had really grown up when he picked my so called lived in boyfriend by the cuff and told him to leave now , he was upseting me and he would never get our German Sheppard to live outside and literally threw him out. How can people have so little conscience, how can they torture animals the way they do....

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    1. Wow, Lorraine...was that really happening where you are? And is it still going on? I shudder at the thought. But it doesn't surprise me. There are horribly cruel people in this world that do terrible things. I hope karma catches up with them!

      I wanted to say that I LOVE that story about your son. How wonderful! You taught him well :) You must have been so proud of him that day.

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  13. Gee I'M SORRY for all the long comments but I can't imagine my Sammi, the sweetest most loving cat in the world, she never scratched me she was so loving and the thought that the most loving good sweet cat that she was i can't bear the thought of the hellish moments she might have gone through before dying. And I'M NOT so sure what i would do if i found myself face to face with the person who did it.....I can't stop crying! I had to stop my donations to all the animal shelters 'cause I couldn't afford it, but mostly I couldn't stand the magazine they sent me about what was happening to animals everywhere even kittens.....So I pray everyday, that St Francois d'Assise's spirit arise and all animals and pets be protected forever. This I pray for everyday, please. Yes Kharma exist...but even that is not a comfort, \i would have rather benn killed than the sweetest cat in the world.

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    1. Don't worry about writing long comments, Lorraine! I actually enjoy them. I am like you...very sensitive. I cannot look at photos of animal abuse, or watch videos, or even read a tragic story. I just can't do it. It leaves me sick for days. Sick and disturbed. It is beyond my comprehension how people behave like this without feeling some type of remorse or horror about their actions. No heart. No humanity.

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  14. Right on, Martha. I worked for 5 years at the Montreal SPCA and saw a lot of things that I would like to forget, but can't. It's always nice to read about happy endings like the one in your post.

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    1. I admire the fact that you were able to work for so long at a place like that. I'm not sure I could last more than a week before losing my mind. People can do horribly disturbing things. These uplifting stories are needed to demonstrate that there is some goodness in this world despite them.

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