It’s no April Fool’s joke. A baby, in this case a little puppy, was left in a wall to die. Actually, he was thrown through a hole in a wall in an upper-story apartment and fell down several stories to the basement of the building where he was abandoned, despite his tiny cries for help, for two weeks. It’s inconceivable to me, and I’m sure many others, how anyone could do this. (Read the pup’s entire sad story here.)
Emmanuel, rescued from being trapped in a wall
I’ve long believed that we’ll start treating each other better when we start treating the animals around us better. It’s no surprise to me that humankind constantly struggles with bullying, neglect, rape, torture and all manner of abuse when it seems that all kinds of animal cruelty can regularly take place.
But, where there is darkness there is also light. Emmanuel, the wee pup who was trapped in a wall for two weeks, was rescued and survived. And he also sparked a worldwide rescue effort for his fellow animals. Emmanuel’s plight has led to the World’s Biggest Baby Shower for Animals. Baby shower gifts in the form of donations will help bring food, water, veterinary care, shelter and protection from cruelty to thousands of baby animals around the world.
The baby shower is sponsored by The Harmony Fund. The animal rescuers there remind us that we can’t do this alone anymore.
So, our participation in the World’s Biggest Baby Shower for Animals will not only help rescue animals in dire straits; it will also help us shout out to the world that we simply won’t tolerate such bad behaviour by our fellow humans anymore.
And that’s no joke.
This blog is about a dog, Star, from the island nation of Malta. Star was recently tied up, shot at, then buried alive. Somehow Star managed to get her nose above ground so she could breathe. Her rescuers heard her whimper. Thankfully, Star is now on the mend and has already been adopted.
Read more about Star’s story for yourself at these links:
Be ye kind.
If you care about animals, I suggest you consider voting Green this 41st federal election. Canada’s laws are badly outdated when it comes to animals and their treatment. Our laws and our politicians need to get with the times and get with Canadians’ sentiment that it is NOT OKAY to treat animals poorly or cruelly, whether they are pets or intended for our dinner plates.
The Greens have over two pages dedicated to Animal Welfare in their “Green Vision” document, a comprehensive statement on Green Party of Canada policies and programs. You can read it yourself at: http://greenparty.ca/vision-green.
The plight of animals reminds me of the plight of women not so long ago. Women in Canada were once thought of as property, instead of as individuals with rights, too. It took many women risking their health, their reputation, and their social acceptance to stand up against this unfair treatment. Known as the suffragettes, they won the vote for women, giving women rights and a collective voice they never had before.
Animals are still considered as property in Canada, instead of as living beings that deserve a good life. It’s up to us to change this sorry state of affairs. Voting for a political party that takes animal welfare seriously is one way to do this.