CHILDREN ABUSING ANIMALS,
IS THERE A CONNECTION?
I am often asked why I have such empathy concerning abused animals and not children. This is an untrue statement. I care about both. I am vocal about my concern for animal abuse because I believe if a child receives a healthy upbringing, is provided with authoritative direction, positive influence, and is taught to comprehend kindness and empathy, they will grow up free and strong and be able to make the right choices. They will have no need or desire to humiliate and hurt another person or animal.
Animals never have that ability. They are from birth put into a position of trusting human decision about their welfare. They have no choices.
Animals cannot speak for themselves. Every choice for their future will be and is made by man and therefore it is up to responsible people to speak and act on their behalf.
Humans threaten animal environments through industrial pollution, deforestation or residential development due to increasing population. They choose animal consumption for diet, fur for clothing, animal testing for cosmetics, and zoos and circuses for their entertainment, many without concern for animal suffering during production, slaughter, experimentation and exploitation.
People and creatures are not equal but our life force is and non-human beings should be treated humanely. They are sentient beings who experience pain and suffering.
No rational healthy human would do anything to an animal that causes it pain, suffering or premature death. Every human is capable of kindness. It is a choice. We have a moral obligation to protect all living things from human exploitation and abuse.