We are a society that has been raised to believe that cute is a commodity.
See it. Want it. Gotta have it.
It’s why Facebook and Pinterest are filled with cute pictures of puppies and kittens.
It’s also why there are a myriad of messages out there for those of you who love animals. Do any of these ring a bell?
- -Buy this product because there’s a cute dog in our ad.
- -Buy from us because we donate to animal charities.
- -Read my blog because I have the inside scoop on this product or training technique.
- -Watch our show because we include dogs.
The reality is there are plenty of people out there that want your attention, and they’ll use whatever works to get it.
But it’s up to you to speak out when these folks cross the line.
I hope the Detroit Tigers photo-op is one instance that makes you angry. I hope you act on that anger by letting them know that exploiting animals for publicity is wrong. You can leave a message on their Facebook page or leave feedback on their website.
Not sure what to say? Here’s what I posted beneath the cub photos on their Facebook page:
I am sad that you are using exploited animals for your own gain. This cub is obviously in distress. I’m certain that its mother is nowhere in sight. I believe that if you do your homework, you will find this cub is one of many bred solely to make money. I don’t think this is the message your ball team means to promote. Perhaps instead you could partner with a true rescue such as Big Cat Rescue in Florida and promote responsible care of large cats and their habitat. That would certainly be a win-win for both of you, wouldn’t you agree?
Whatever you say, make sure you’re polite, yet forceful in letting it be known that you do not condone their actions.
By speaking up, you set the tone and let other entities know that animal abuse and exploitation isn’t cute.
See? You do have the power to make a difference. Don’t be afraid to use it.