“Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character: and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
I generally like animals more than people, mainly because animals are honest. One knows where one stands with them; if they like someone, they show it. If they don’t like someone, again, they show it. The same cannot be said of most people.
I’ve had pets all my life, with the exception being the time I was in the military. It was mostly dogs, but there have been numerous cats, a couple of ferrets, a few rats, even a rabbit along the way. Almost every single dog I’ve had, with one exception, has been friendly and well behaved; Reno, the loveable 180-pound Great Dane who thought he was a lap dog, was the most memorable for a number of reasons.
The feeling tends to be mutual – animals love me. I think it’s because they instinctively know that I’d never willingly harm them (unless survival is at stake). I cannot comprehend why people would abuse their pets, or animals in general. Enter my general dislike of humans. Humans can be vicious, cruel monsters. You can see evidence of the way we humans treat each other just by turning on the evening news. Hell, you don’t even need to do that; just take a walk around town.
We’re not a very considerate species, now are we? Granted, some people deserve the treatment they get, some do not. Animals do not. People who abuse animals, especially their pets, are the lowest of the low – right down there with rapists and people who abuse children. These people are truly evil, and sometimes we get reminders of what evil looks like.
This story about a poor puppy, originally known as “Puppy Doe” and has since been identified by her original owner as “Kiya”, is one such example. The injuries inflicted on this puppy give testament to the very definition of depravity. I cannot shake the feeling that the sick and twisted person who did this will graduate to humans, if he or she has not already done so. I can only hope the person responsible is found and his or her predations are put to an end.