I eat meat. I love animals. These can go together, they don’t have to. A clean kill to feed your family is a far cry from dragging an innocent pig behind a tractor.
When I visited the Floyd County Animal Shelter in Prestonsburg, KY last year, I was sickened by the animal abuse and neglect I witnessed. And…don’t skip this next part…FACING what is going on is awful. A puppy was shot in the head for barking. A cat had its fur pulled out. A dog had its lips cut off for losing a fight. A woman let her dog starve to death while locked in a crate next to a bag of dog food. I cried for days. I decided to do something to help.
I started this petition (http://www.change.org/petitions/kentucky-state-senate-animal-abuse-laws-more-strict-and-more-harsh) to get change for the state of Kentucky. This was before I knew many others already knew that animal abuse in KY sucked. “How freaking hard can this be?!” I thought. Tighten the laws. Enforce the laws. Educate people. As I did research, a lawyer friend of mine in KY explained to me that the laws had recently been tightened. They lack a lot, but there are some good aspects. For example, convicted animal abuse is a felony in KY. But it’s a Class D felony (a mini one,) and it’s only if the person is CONVICTED.
So here’s the BIG problem. Listen up. I believed the Humane Society (HSUS) was the god of all things animal rights. In a way, they are. They are the largest pro-animal organization in the USA. They have made fabulous changes all over the country! However they make “unofficial claims” that conflict with the beliefs of many others. The HSUS is run by a very nice gentleman who, himself, is vegan and anti-hunting. When the HSUS tries to make animal rights changes in KY, pro-meat hunters see the man behind the magic and automatically protest. A Kentucky resident publicly posted “I’m all for punishing anyone that tortures or neglects domestic animals. They do not have the right to tell hunters they can’t hunt or trap. Simple as that.” The fact is, the HSUS never tried to stop hunting in KY. They never even mentioned it. But when your CEO has public beliefs that contradict his business decisions, things get sticky.
The bottom line is the controversy (hence the title.) The HSUS is very defensive about their position. KY residents are very defensive about their rights. Meanwhile JACK SHIT gets done to improve animal rights in KY. Laws are lacking. Many laws aren’t enforced. Animal Control officers receive death threats (source, Floyd County resident,) and KY continues to be blacklisted as the “best place to live if you want to abuse an animal.”
Hey y’all. Stop screaming “hooray for our side” and look at what we all have in common. Decent people want to stop animal abuse. It is cruel, sick, illegal.
“A strong connection has been documented linking animal abuse and domestic violence.” (ASPCA) Don’t want a convicted child abuser living in your neighborhood? Well if you live near an animal abuser, you’ve probably got one.
How can you help? Sign the petition above. Write to your lawmaker. Report animal abusers. Choose to make a change. And if you’re a hunter? Be honest. A good hunter makes a quick, clean kill. I would know, I’m related to the former Game Warden for the State of CT. If you eat meat? Give the animal a good life and kill quickly and painlessly. If you’re an animal abuser? Watch out because my blog is coming for you! Mwahahahahaha!