Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Despite legal advances, animal abuse continues

The executive director of the Humane Society of Pinellas County had an excellent guest column in the St. Pete Times yesterday. It covered some of the societal advances in animal welfare and protection, and the changes that are still needed. Here's a quick blurb, but I highly recommend the entire column:

And for us at the Humane Society of Pinellas, every day we see pets turned over to us because they have become an inconvenience to their owners. We often hear the disturbing words, "I have to get rid of..." or "I have no time for..." when describing their situation with a pet they have owned a long time.

This lets us know how important it is for the Humane Society of Pinellas to be here for all these animals as their voice and advocate.

While state law still finds acts of cruelty against animals to be a lesser evil than those against humans, it is important for us to know and understand that the violence against them is the same. While a human being may have infinitely more value in society, there is no difference in the pain and suffering of each.

Until we interpret our biblical dominion over animals as stewardship rather than utility, we may never be truly civilized. With the compassion and action of caring people, we can achieve this for animals in our lifetime.

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