About a year ago, a friend invited me to join Facebook. My reply was “Thanks, but no thanks – social networking sites are really not my thing.” But then, six months later, my friend Debbie Eades (author of Every Rescued Dog Has a Tail: Stories from the Dog Rescue Railroad) suggested that I join Facebook as a venue to market my own book about pet rescue. Deb had just joined and was quick to tell me that the site is full of “dog people”. Reluctantly, I joined, under the guise of marketing Born Without a Tail. It didn’t take long to become hooked.
Deb was right. There are tons of “dog people” on Facebook, as well as people involved in all areas of animal rescue. I was soon friended by scores of people touting their humane causes. Groups working to stop puppy mills, groups (like Tamira Thayne’s “Dogs Deserve Better”) who are legislating to prevent the tethering of dogs, to groups petitioning against the dogs-as-meat trade in the Philippines.
I’m for all these causes, but I find the last of these particularly heinous. Not so much that there are people in some other country who eat dogs. It’s a big world. There is always someone in some other country, eating something that Americans think they shouldn’t –every land has its own customs, so the fact itself, although extremely distasteful, doesn’t upset me as much as the treatment these dogs suffer beforehand.
To me, dogs are the living embodiment of joy and laughter and love and loyalty, and there’s no reason that in any country on earth they should have their front legs broken, tied behind their backs in a position excruciatingly painful, and then have a tin can slapped on their snouts to keep them from biting because they are in such agony. As disturbing an image as this description conjures, it doesn’t hold a candle to the actual photographs that accompany the pleas for help.
Recently, I asked a Facebook friend to please continue to educate, but would she mind not posting the graphic images, because they break my heart.
So, in answer to these photos of dogs hanging in meat marketplaces, in lands I hope never to visit, is this photo of my clothesline, and my dog laundry.
Mohandas Gandhi.said: “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Friends fighting the good fight: sometimes the reality of it all is just too brutal. Remember to take comfort in your pets and the love they share.