I am writing to our community concerning animal cruelty. This issue is one I feel [is] pressing and should be addressed. Animal cruelty is prevalent in our area, and we cannot ignore it.
We have no right to confine, starve, beat and destroy the lives of animals around us. They are members of our community, just as much as anyone else. I have seen people beating their dogs in their yards; starving dogs chained up outside of homes to act as a guard; overly aggressive animals in the pound, there only because their owners didn’t have the sense to give them the kindness they deserve. Most of these animals would be euthanized in the shelters because of the questionable manner of their owner’s ability to keep the animals. There are 3 million to 4 million animals euthanized yearly in the United States alone. If we could reduce this number simply by being kind to these animals, it would increase the well-being of our community by a huge amount.
The lives of animals in the wild are also actively being destroyed. As we humans are building developments with large, expensive homes, wild animals’ homes are being burned, hacked down and dug up so that humans will have unnecessary luxuries. Wild animals are forced to flee from the haunting sound of chain saws, bulldozers and other machines that change their lives forever. It is harmful to the animal population and completely disturbing. Some people’s greed will [drive them] to such lengths as to destroy entirely what used to be a thriving, plentiful land filled with animals. It’s disgusting.
I plead with the community to address this problem seriously and to take it into your thoughts. Next time you are thinking of building your house on a piece of pristine and untouched property, remember to consider all of the lives you will be decimating. And when you decide you would like to keep your starved dog outside your door, remember how you will affect the victim. Friends don’t betray friends.