“Mother of nine killed in hit and run crime.
Norman, Oklahoma. Sometime in the late evening or early morning hours of Thursday night or Friday morning (7/11-12/2013) a mother of nine children was hit and killed by a driver on a residential street who then left the scene. Two children were also killed and their bodies, along with the mothers and the remaining seven children lay in the street for several hours. It is presumed a number of motorists passed during that time but no one reported the crime nor did anyone stop to attempt to render assistance. The living children clung to their mothers cooling and stiffening body until about 7:30 on Friday morning when a motorist finally stopped to check on the condition of the mother. The living children were discovered at that time and the deceased mother and the children were then transported to a facility for medical treatment. The seven survivors were reported to be in fair condition when the treatment center was contacted the next day
The mother and children happened to be opossums therefore their lives are considered to be without value by the dominant human culture. A dead body in the road is ignored or avoided if that body doesn’t conform to artificially created human standards. Hitting one with a car isn’t a crime, leaving the scene of injuring or killing an opossum with a car isn’t a crime, even when children were with her and they are left alive and clinging to her mangled body.”
I bet some of you at first thought the leading paragraph in the extraction above referred to a human mother and her children. If so were you not absolutely appalled, thinking something along the lines of what is happening that people should pass by a mother and her children lying dead and dying in the road, are we becoming so callous, indifferent and inhuman? I know at first I did just for a few fleeting moments until I continued reading further and discovered the beings concerned were opossums.
Yet the account is still shocking isn’t it. At least it should be. The callous indifference with which many animals are treated shocks and saddens me. The above blog entry bought tears to my eyes. Please do read the entire blog entry. It is a powerful piece of writing which brings home the dreadful state of affairs where many humans consider the life of an animal as of no value . Many people will pass by a sick or injured animal and think nothing of it, not stopping to help, not caring.
The lives of all animals are important to the animal concerned, in fact their lives are as important to them as mine is to me, as yours is to you.
Also please read another entry from the same blog
“All our fellow Earthlings…
are Trayvon Martin. It’s only been a few days since the ending of the trial of the slayer of the adolescent human namedTrayvon Martin and the reactions are still unfolding. For those of you unfamiliar with the incident, a man armed with a gun killed an unarmed adolescent. The man said he had a good reason to and initially that was going to be the end of the incident. Eventually the killer was arrested and tried and found not guilty of murder. Because apparently the jury agreed he had enough reason to justify murder.
The furor over this instance of evidently gratuitous harm offers the opportunity to remind us that in fact every Earthling on this planet who doesn’t belong to the human species is Trayvon Martin in the sense that they are at risk of (and billions are actually killed) being killed every day by any human animal they encounter for no reason except the human wanted to kill them.”
“My last post was about a mother opossum who was killed by a hit and run driver who drove on and left her body and her living children lying in the street. That’s the world our fellow Earthlings live in if they happen to encounter a human. Their life may be taken by accident, carelessness or intent and there are no sanctions or rules against it (mostly) and that’s “just the way it is”. There is no justice for them beyond what might be dealt out by their friends or their family or their companions. And that rarely happens.
If you aren’t a human, when you encounter a human you enter a “free-fire zone“. Death, injury or imprisonment can occur at any time and there is little or no appeal, no justice, no fairness, no retribution, no nothing.”
The above are extracts are from the following blog entry:
http://veganelder.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/all-our-fellow-earthlings.html you will need to read the entire post to thoroughly understand the context of the above.
I find the world a dark place with humans exploiting, neglecting, maiming, killing and perpetrating all sorts of injustices towards other humans, added to which the shocking horror of endless cruelty to every species of animal you can imagine. In the last fourteen years since I have had internet access the horror of man’s inhumanity towards the other beings with whom we share this world sickens me beyond my ability to adequately express. This week in my e-mail box I have e-mails alerting me to all kinds of abuse towards non human animals, petitions requesting signatures to prevent atrocities to our fellow creatures, requests to write letters and e-mails to governments, corporations, universities, places of entertainment such as zoos circuses and so on on and on and on urging them to stop some form of animal cruelty.
Here are a few examples:
Cats and birds targeted in horror animal airgun attacks, says RSPCA
A request to write to the President of the Philippines concerning the dog meat trade
Close to 500,000 dogs, many of them stolen pets, are rounded up and slaughtered every year in the Philippines for the illegal dog meat trade. Conditions within the dog meat industry are barbaric, with thousands of dogs dying during transport to slaughter and the survivors having their throats cut in make shift slaughterhouses
News about a Deadly Dog Camp Discovered, Yet Still Remains Open
Hundreds of dogs may have died
Here in the UK the murder of badgers continues with an added threat to human safety
Click the link below for a long long list of petitions concerning animal abuse and exploitation world wide from so called animal loving UK to China
The flow of suffering day after day for animals in factory farms, in laboratories, in zoos, as neglected pets is overwhelming. Suffering on a scale unimaginable.
Are you not shocked by the level of cruelty? If not watch this harrowing film:
http://earthlings.com/?page_id=32 Warning! Contains graphic imagery which some people may find upsetting.
If the above link does not work please try the following: http://veg-tv.info/Earthlings
And don’t lets forget the tiny creatures:
Insects, arachnids, molluscs in this case slugs: here is an example of how the lives of tiny animals are regarded.
This is an article concerning contamination of the water supply here in the Uk by slug poison, but I have to ask who cares about the millions of slugs poisoned to death? No one it seems though there is concern over hedgehogs being poisoned;
It is all to do with difference and I believe also intelligence as even humans segregate and treat with disrespect and worse their fellow humans whose intelligence does not measure up to the accepted normal or above!
I am vegan and have been so now for about four years after eighteen years of being vegetarian. I don’t kill anything on purpose including insects, spiders and slugs for example and don’t use animal products, food or otherwise . I do not put poison on our vegetables in our allotment or use fly spray or slug pellets. We remove flies from the house by using a glass and a piece of paper when they settle on the windows. I accidently kill things of course but I do my best to avoid doing so. Veganism is not only about diet, it is a way of life, at least if you are vegan for ethical reasons. As a vegan I am concerned about my fellow creatures and avoid the use of animals for food clothing or anything else – you will be surprised at how much animal derivatives are used in our day to day lives. As a vegan I avoid such whenever humanly possible. I never support the use of animals for entertainment or as use for experimentation or as pets though I have given a home to three abused and neglect rabbits. There are plenty of animals needing a home, no need to go to pet shop. Animals have their own lives, their own ways of being, they are not here for our use or abuse. We are not stewards over the earth and its inhabitants, we do not have dominion, we are just one of millions of species who live on this earth and it is time we learnt to live more amicably with our fellow creatures.
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A few quotations for you to reflect on
Life is life – whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man’s own advantage.
The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.
The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different.
“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”
Thomas A. Edison
“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet. It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.” “A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the ‘Universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.”