Saturday, July 4, 2009

Cruel world

This is an excerpt from two moving stories I read. Such stories never cease to remind me of a world in which suffering will persist.

"Every animal, every face has a story behind them. We don’t know how Wiley and Winston became street animals. We don’t know the whole story, but what we do know is devastating. Leslie Rameros of South Central LA, an AAPA dedicated volunteer found 2 street dogs who were being terrorized by gangs. She, along with 2 of AAPA’s staff members, Elizabeth Kilmer and G. Byers took to the streets to save the 2 dogs. After 2 days of searching, the dogs were spotted. A white boxer mix and a little shepherd/chow mix. The gang members had put a firecracker under the boxer’s tail and lit it. The dog’s rectum and intestine was hanging out and the shepherd mix had gasoline poured on him and then set on fire.They were very afraid of people, but were too weak and exhausted to run or fight as we lifted them into our van. We took them home with us where they ate. They could eat home cooked food and had clean water to drink. We put them in beds with big fluffy blankets where they slept warm and cozy, probably for the first time.We called an emergency late-night veterinarian who said they would be OK until morning. In the morning, a vet came to check on the dogs. After checking both dogs, the vet suggested euthanasia. There was so much damage to both animals that it would take a considerable amount of money to treat them, and, even then, it would take a miracle for them to survive. We did not want them to go through anymore suffering. We gave them many hugs, kisses and love as we could in the short time we had them. We're glad they went to sleep in our arms, instead of being on the dark, cold, cruel streets. Animal Abuse Prevention Agency vows to continue our street work, working hard to rescue animals before these horrible, evil people get their hands on them. We will never forget Wiley and Winston. Please help us continue our work with your best, tax-deductible gift today! Remember that every animal saved reduces their suffering and gives them a new lease on life. By rescuing animals, AAPA has been able to place them in loving homes and increase the quality of their lives."

"This past June, a 16 week old black lab puppy was tortured and left for dead in a diaper box at a gas station. A man stopped to put air in his tire and saw the box and heard a whimper. He opened the box and to his horror found the puppy with PVC glue in his eyes, nose, ears and throat. His back legs had multiple fractures. The man took the puppy to the vet were he had to be euthanized due to his injuries . I can't fathom how someone could do this to a sweet, loving and innocent puppy. I cry when I think of what this puppy went through."

What sadistic tendencies have prevailed innately in the human mind? People believe that they are superior to other creatures because animals are unable to reason and speak. Can they not feel the pain and suffering that a human being can feel?

From meat to scientific experimentation, animals have been exposed to treacherous circumstances. Many have died without even knowing the feeling of love....through such testing, abuse and neglect.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Killing us softly

Women. The portrayal of women in society has changed over the years. However, in reality, starting with the early creation of Adam and Eve to the present day depiciton of women, has our role changed entirely? More importantly, has it changed for the better?

Our roles have changed drastically from the 1600s. Women were never really recognized because history itself was a story written by man. It's quite ironical, isn't it? It's history (his story) and never her story. Society has created an image to which women have adapted to and generation after generation, this image has been passed. This image was not one that portrayed a strong independent women, but a weak , dependent one. Men fail to admit that women have the potential. Women possess the same potential or perhaps even more perseverance and dedication than men? Is this the reason why men have never accredited women? Without women like Susan B. Anthony, Mother Teresa, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Dorothea Dix, and FDR's wife Eleanor Roosevelt, will life be the same way it is today?

Until the 1920s, women had no say in the democratic government. Who is to blame for this view? Men? Society? Or women themselves? Many critics can argue that our roles have indeed changed. Co-ed schools, co-ed sports, and even in an economical perspective, women have indeed gained jobs..but is the change enough? Has society come to accept equality between the sexes?


P.S. I know I haven't blogged in a while...I might be slightly rusty with my language and tone but my thoughts keep rolling........

~ Heart