I thought today would be a good time to get a bit closer to home with the animals that we choose to adopt into our family.
Here is a word
What does this mean to you?
What does it bring to mind?
Sometimes these words conjure up images and words of
Setting an animal on fire
A lot of animal neglect may not be deliberate.
It can be as something as simple as forgetting to put out fresh clean water for a pet or a farm animal.
There is a strong link between animal abuse and violence. My ex-partner was violent with his dog.
Is there a relationship between domestic abuse and animal abuse?
When I sought out my local woman centre about the violent relationship I was in. I had to do score test to find out which band or stage of severity my abuse I was in.
One of the questions was if my ex-partner ever hurt an animal. Animal abuse
This is one of the four predictors that may indicate that a partner will be violent to a child or a partner.
I remember a long time ago, I can’t remember where I was living but there was a man who was always abusing his dog. I don’t know what he did to it but the animal was clearly distressed. So much so I reported it.
So can animal abuse give some indication towards abuse to people?
Social workers /professionals are supposed to be trained to look at an animal’s living conditions in a household and gauge how they are treated to indicate if they’re some kind of clear break down in a family. There can be many reasons for this.
Poor mental health
Unable to have Empathy
Animal neglect does give a better picture of any child /Domestic violent abuse that may occur in a household.
It seems like a no brainer and it is..
I remember when I was about 4/5 years old. I was playing with my ‘My little pony’ kingdom and the kitten we had at that time came to say hi. I don’t know what I was thinking but there was a ribbon on the floor- the memory is a bit blurred.
I tied the ribbon around my kitten’s neck and then tied it to the leg of the table my pony kingdom was on and I kept on tightening the ribbon until my kitten was hanging.
Something in my brain shattered. I realised if I didn’t do something my kitten would die because of me. I scrambled to get my kitten free and I was in tears- horrified that I had nearly killed my kitten.
My kitten was fine by the way.
What if my mother hadn’t been a mad cat/animal lover like me?
What if she hadn’t taught me to love and respect animals?
Just a thought I guess….
She doesn’t know about this event.
So is animal abuse normal in children?
This can indicate that a child is a high-risk youth. Children from violent homes of abuse and neglect can act out abuse on animals.
I don’t know what this says about me.
Was I acting out on some unconscious level what was going on in my home at that point?
I think for me what is important is my instinct kicked in and I knew this was wrong and I never wanted or tried to hurt an animal again.
Some experts would agree that intervening early with a child at risk of developing abusive traits can be more therapeutic in stopping the cycle of violence.
Why should I get involved in reporting animal abuse if it is not my business? How can I possibly be making any difference at all?
It is about looking at the bigger issues. If you report to the police/animal protection society of any abuse that you see, then this will be recorded on the crime database and it can lead to investigations and prosecuting dangerous criminals, keeping them away from society-ie in prison.
People who act out on crimes such as
Violence against humans
Drug and Disorderly offences
can all be linked to animal abuse
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP? I hear you ask
Report all animal abuse. Animal abuse can indicate that there is something seriously wrong with an individual. It is not normal or acceptable.
The more we as a community alert police and the law to animal abuse, it becomes a clear message that this is an issue that needs to become more of a priority. It is a stand we take- that we will not accept to live in a violent community. Law enforcers will need to become more serious about how they deal with this crime because we won’t ignore it anymore.
The result will be a safer community for our families.
The A-Z challenge starts tomorrow.
Oh, zeeeeeeeeeeee excitement.
I’m probably going to have to put a pause on my ‘Beliefs’ posts, which in a way, I’m actually dreading because I love being silly and writing comically.
My theme is animals. I’ve always been more compassionate to animals than most humans.I don’t know what it is that connects me to our earthling friends.
“I like big cats and I cannot lie…”
This may sound bordering on psychopathic tendencies ,but I think the connection was made when I was about 3/4 years old. I was playing with ‘my little ponies’ in my bedroom – remember them?
Our kitten came into my bedroom. I spotted a piece of string on the floor and for some (evil) reason I tied the string around my kitten’s nec, it was too short.
I nearly hung my kitten, as soon as I saw it struggling ,I untied it then proceeded to burst into to tears.
I’m not evil.
Kids do experiment.
It’s not funny, it is going to be horrific, I expect many of you may not even read the posts because you can’t bear to listen or read or see an animal suffering or abused.
Don’t turn your eyes away from something because it upsets you. I expect to learn a lot. I hope you will take the time to raise your own awareness to all our earthling friends. Be brave enough to take the time to read what abuse/disrespect so many have been through.
I’m their voice for the month of April. I’m going into serious mode. If anyone has read my
“I love cats and all our earthling friends. I have nearly had massive fistie cuffs with people about my passion for animals. I’m not trying to sell anything. Rest at ease, soldier.”
I can laugh at religion( some people can’t). I can’t laugh or ignore animal abuse and neglect though some people can.
It’s a good job we are all different hey?
They say a picture tells a thousand words – I’m sure an animal could too.
Kitty has been living in research laboratories for over 14 years. Her main job role is to get artificially inseminated to produce baby chimpanzees for research.
Medication research side effects
Cosmetic makeup research
A few years ago in Arkansas, Echo, a family/pet dog was stolen by a B class dealer to give Echo over to a laboratory for research purposes. You can read more HERE. This letter to B class dealers likens cats and dogs being giving over to owners of research labs as animal concentration camps.
Two stories out of how many?
We have all seen the pictures of abuse inflicted on innocents.
Please educate yourself. Get your neck out of the sand and start taking ownership and some responsibility for your role in torturing animals.
This post is not about making you feel targeted but these are ways you can make a difference.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Did you know that even today animals are still being tested on for the make up industry? They have substances forced down their throat, dripped down their throats or smeared on their skins before killing them?
SIGN THE GLOBAL PLEDGE TO BE CRUELTY-FREE TO ANIMALS. -It takes two seconds of your time.
Okay, maybe 40 seconds at the most.
Don’t we have to test out products and medication on animals?
It has been proven that there are other scientific non-animal tests that have been done and prove to work.
This modern way of testing is more truthful in predicting how the human body may react to certain ingredients.
So why don’t we stop animal testing?
Companies and governments will accept non-animal testing on products as long as they undergo what is called scientific validating:
“Validation and regulatory acceptance are SLOW and EXPENSIVE, sometimes taking more than 10 years and millions of dollars for a single alternative method. HOWEVER, once an alternative method has been accepted as an official OECD Test Guideline, all OECD member countries and adherents to its policy on “mutual acceptance of data” are required to accept the results of the test without question”.
lookout for this logo on the house products you use or the skin care products you use. Remember if you have a pet. If you are using a product that is not animals friendly you are more than likely slowly poisoning them to every time you use a product in your home.
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Cats sleep a lot, don’t they?
I read somewhere they sleep for like 17-18 hours a day.
What could possibly be going on that they need that amount of sleep to function?
Oh if karma lets me have my way please can I come back as my Tatiana?
This is going to be a short post. I am exhausted but I ain’t no quitter so today I’m linking my love of quotes/idioms/proverbs with zee challenge.
“Let sleeping dogs lie”
Sounds like someone had a bit of forethought and common sense when this idiom sprung up.
I think it actually goes back to Biblical times..
That being said, the Book of Proverbs (26:17) says:
He that passes by, and meddles with strife belonging not to him, is like one that takes a dog by the ears.
In other words, the saying “let sleeping dogs lie” has its roots in the Christian Bible.
So what does it mean?
I thought it meant to let things go- don’t hold on to any negative shit.
Turns out I am half right and half wrong.
What it really means is don’t stick your oar in.
Don’t rattle the coffin when there is no need to.
In other words,
Don’t be a fucking trouble maker or all you will get from me and others is a spoon for Christmas.
Leave the pot alone.
I’m going to catch me an early night *yawning*
So want to read some of my books. I have the bed all to myself tonight.
Well, for a bit. My better half is off to his mates house to celebrate a quiet birthday.
So I am going to take the chance to kick back. It’s been a busy day.
I think our earthling friends give brilliant advice. Us humans need to pay more attention.
so -thanks for the tip, Tatiana.
I shall go out of my way to re-enact this wise, firstborn child of mines “chill philosophy “the best that I can.
can’t let my earthling friends down. Not now when I am needed most. 😀
See you next week
When it comes to deciding to add to our family -most people want a pet ( earthlings )with out baggage.
The websites I always see about adopting a pet look a bit depressing and not at all eye-catching.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where advertising extends to human and animals lives. The flashier the better.
It is said that we are so fickle but I can’t change this in one post.
I have found the most innovative website to adopt a pet – you have to check it out THE SHELTER PET PROJECT
“A person is the best thing to happen to a shelter pet. Be that person. Adopt.”
The site takes you through a funky modern and fun exploration on anything you need to know about PET ADOPTION- there is no hint of pity. These animals are celebrities, stars.
You are the privileged one to have a dog or cat with the ‘X factor’come to live in your home.
It is such an easy site to navigate around and it’s exciting.
There is also an Adoption story section with a twist
Check this out
BENTO (AKA “KEYBOARD CAT”)
Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services
WHY BENTO (AKA “KEYBOARD CAT”) IS SO SPECIAL:
Bento is my best friend. We both have very similar personalities and he’s always motivating me to make art; I’m always drawing and taking pictures of him. He also happens to have incredible musical talent – you might know him as Keyboard Cat! #StartAStoryAdopt
IF YOUR PET COULD TALK, WHAT WOULD HE OR SHE TELL US ABOUT YOU?:
My dad always says I motivate him artistically, but in reality, he is my motivation.
Here is one for our dog lover friends
TOAST (AKA “TOAST MEETS WORLD”)
New York, NY
Dog Habitat Rescue
WHY TOAST (AKA “TOAST MEETS WORLD”) IS SO SPECIAL:
Toast is a total diva – she always does whatever she wants, including sleeping – and snoring at inopportune times (like when I’m on a conference call!). But, she’s an epic snuggler, and so much more. Every day, she does a million little things that make me laugh, and I can’t imagine life without her. #StartAStoryAdopt
IF YOUR PET COULD TALK, WHAT WOULD HE OR SHE TELL US ABOUT YOU?:
My Mom secretly loves napping (and snoring) as much as I do. Speaking of napping, Zzz….
If this doesn’t convince you that shelter pets have the X factor check out this 30-second clip . To get it. You have to watch it 🙂 just saying
Here are links to different websites that can help you with different information you may need when you adopt a new child into your family.
All celebrities deserve to be treated with the X FACTOR star treatment 🙂