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The Double-Edged Sword of Freedom

Today we in the US celebrate the birth of our nation, and we remember the cost to our ancestors for winning our freedom. 

Happy birthday America!

Happy birthday America!

Freedom and democracy have brought many positive changes to our nation and to the world. It has also allowed a small, but well-funded, vocal minority to dictate what laws will govern our land. Why? Because many of us have exercised our right to choose and have chosen to not vote and to not get involved in political action.

We have, in effect, given away our piece of the power of government and allowed ourselves to believe we are helpless to be a force for change.

The irony is that nothing could be further from the truth.

When people get on board with a cause and start talking it up to their elected officials, those elected officials listen.

when we join together, we make good things happen

when we join together, we make good things happen

So when we ask why it is that in a country where 62% of families have a pet, we spend $52.87 BILLION dollars per year on pet products, and we see a dog in over half the commercials on television, we can’t get it together to bring about laws that protect our beloved companion animals, the only logical answer is that the people simply don’t care enough to give the time and energy needed to make those positive changes in legislation.

I have never understood why we are willing to give up money to pay for animals to sit in shelters for goodness knows how long, but we aren’t willing to take up the cause of ending pet over-population.  We could save so many taxpayer dollars going to animal control, adoption, and euthanasia if we’d only do something about this rampant breeding of dogs and cats.

If we would only take up the cause of eliminating puppy mills and backyard breeding, we wouldn’t NEED thousands of shelters and rescues. We wouldn’t NEED to deal with the problems of feral cats killing birds and other wildlife. We wouldn’t NEED to stress ourselves out because perfectly healthy animals have to die.

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It’s time to end the madness of there never being enough room for all the unwanted animals

In order to live in a humane nation, we must first have people who are willing to make their nation humane. Freedom doesn’t mean it doesn’t cost anything. You have to work hard to have what you want. That is the double-edged sword of freedom.

Are you willing to pay the price to have the kind of nation you want?

Then exercise your freedom to get up off your ass and fight for laws that will end the madness of animal over-population. It’s the only way we will ever have any REAL progress with animal welfare.

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Discussion

64 thoughts on “The Double-Edged Sword of Freedom

  1. I agree Rumpy. And I hope together we can change something and make this slice earth a little bit better. Have a nice independence day.

    Posted by easyweimaraner | July 4, 2013, 7:02 AM
  2. History teaches us that sitting idly by and doing nothing…..can actually allow horrific things to happen…..if you want change, you must be the change! EXCELLENT BLOG!

    Posted by Maria Appleby | July 4, 2013, 7:10 AM
  3. Excellent Rumpy.We are fined if we do not vote..i don’t understand when so many have no rights to vote or have nor rights (animals) that people throw away their power due to laziness,lack of interest or sheer stubborn stupidity! The word Humane amazes me as it includes the word human and this species can be anything but! Stay safe on this night of your independence day
    Fozziemum x

    Posted by fozziemum | July 4, 2013, 7:28 AM
  4. Well said Rumpy…..we’ve proved through time that when we want something bad enough we can get it . We CAN do anything – but will we? I sincerely hope so. Happy 4th!

    Patriotic Hugs, Sammy

    Posted by onespoiledcat | July 4, 2013, 7:36 AM
  5. Whee could not have put it better ourselves. Everyone can do something. Sign a petition or send a donation to a good cause. Even giving unwanted clothes and books to an animal charity shop like our Mummy does.

    Whee need to stop saying one person can’t make a difference and say, TOGETHER whee can all make a difference.

    xxxx

    Posted by hutchagoodlife | July 4, 2013, 8:05 AM
    • True. I’m just saying that sometimes we have good intentions but we’re not taking actions that truly would solve the problem. Giving to a rescue helps the dogs and cats there now. It won’t stop the endless tide of future animals that will need rescue.

      Posted by rumpydog | July 4, 2013, 8:23 AM
      • Which is why whee are signing efurry petition against disgusting things like puppy mills and our auntie has been work on campaigning against them for years here in the UK. Whee just need to get enough people to listen and care.

        xxxx

        Posted by hutchagoodlife | July 4, 2013, 9:06 AM
  6. Really, Rumpydog! Excellent points! It’s our responsibility as citizens of this nation to shape the country we live in, and many of us have given over our right to others. If we don’t have the governance we want, it’s largely our own fault, and if we want change, that’s what we need to change first..

    Posted by Bernadette | July 4, 2013, 8:32 AM
  7. Woooooohooooooowoooowooooooooo! Ku

    Posted by Julianne Victoria | July 4, 2013, 8:32 AM
  8. Rumpy a great message…would also like to remind your readers that more animals run away during fireworks in the area each year and are hit or hurt during their flight…Please keep safe…my crew will be watching tv with me in bed like they have through this entire week of fireworks. Best of luck with the move.

    Posted by TammyeHoney | July 4, 2013, 9:12 AM
  9. Very good post
    Happy 4th
    Urban hounds

    Posted by Urban hounds | July 4, 2013, 9:19 AM
  10. very good read…..has Rumpy ever thought of running for election..I know I would vote for him! 🙂

    Posted by Mark in Sumpter | July 4, 2013, 9:40 AM
  11. Terrific post sweet Rumpy. Hugs and nose kisses

    Posted by What's Going on at Mumsy's | July 4, 2013, 10:12 AM
  12. Very good points in your article. So sad that so many of our pets end up in kill shelters.

    Happy 4th to you all – we got lots of rain today – yeck!

    Posted by Cats of wildcat woods | July 4, 2013, 10:33 AM
  13. Great blog. Although in this nation where over half the human population is having their freedoms taken away (women, blacks), why would those same callous lawmakers care about animals? It’s sad that yahoos from states with tiny populations can hold our government hostage because they’re trying to push an agenda that 1% of the countries population want. As long as there’s an electoral college and each state gets the same number of senators, my vote will not count.

    Posted by Cathy Keisha (@CathyKeisha) | July 4, 2013, 11:16 AM
    • That’s not so! Besides, there are many ways to be politically active besides voting in elections. Calling and/or writing your representatives is also important. And while I don’t put much faith in petitions, some actually are paid attention to.

      Posted by rumpydog | July 4, 2013, 12:26 PM
  14. You look very PAW TREE OTIC there Rumpy.

    Happy America’s Birfday to you.

    Posted by Frankie and Ernie | July 4, 2013, 11:27 AM
  15. Yeah we also have the freedom to stomp all over things, we do all across the globe. Lovely Rumpy 🙂

    Posted by LifeOfBun | July 4, 2013, 11:28 AM
  16. And also, things would be much better if they would just grant cats the right to vote!

    Posted by cult of otis | July 4, 2013, 12:04 PM
    • Cats? Dogs maybe, but cats?

      Posted by rumpydog | July 4, 2013, 12:26 PM
      • Amen.
        Our legislatures need to do more. They do however do anything in the arena that will generate votes for their next election.

        They appeal to every minority in this country because they are afraid of not getting the vote.

        Pet owners need to not only be more vocal in what we want, we need to assure them that they will NOT get our vote if they continue to ignore requests for humane conditions, to close all puppy mills, and to have more severe punishments for those who commit animal cruelty. Only then will these things happen.

        Rumpy, can i repost this on my blog giving you credit or link to your blog. This is an important message to get across.

        Posted by BJ Pup | July 4, 2013, 12:59 PM
      • Yes, cats too.

        Posted by BJ Pup | July 4, 2013, 1:01 PM
  17. I hit the wrong reply button.

    Amen.
    Our legislatures need to do more. They do however do anything in the arena that will generate votes for their next election.

    They appeal to every minority in this country because they are afraid of not getting the vote.

    Pet owners need to not only be more vocal in what we want, we need to assure them that they will NOT get our vote if they continue to ignore requests for humane conditions, to close all puppy mills, and to have more severe punishments for those who commit animal cruelty. Only then will these things happen.

    Rumpy, can i repost this on my blog giving you credit or link to your blog. This is an important message to get across.

    Posted by BJ Pup | July 4, 2013, 1:01 PM
  18. Well said, Jen! Hope you and all the babies have a happy Fourth,
    Christy

    Posted by runningonsober | July 4, 2013, 1:25 PM
  19. You’re right, a lot of time and money is spent on clearing up the mess, rather than sorting out the causes.
    I hope you all have a great day!

    Posted by Clowie | July 4, 2013, 1:39 PM
    • I understand the reasoning behind the clearing up the mess, but we never truly clear it up, do we? The homeless animals just keep on coming….

      Posted by rumpydog | July 4, 2013, 2:19 PM
      • Exactly. It isn’t possible to keep up with it, and it’s heartbreaking for the people working with it. We need a big change in attitudes and awareness to get to the causes of the problems.

        Posted by Clowie | July 4, 2013, 2:41 PM
  20. Reblogged this on Dog Leader Mysteries and commented:
    Boy is this ever true and vital. We’ve got the power to vote, to write our elected officials, to show up at their offices or call. Take action for liberating animals from overpopulation and suffering. Thanks for caring and taking action for dogs.

    Posted by dogleadermysteries | July 4, 2013, 2:23 PM
  21. You are absolutely right! Happy 4th to your whole household, and may wiser, more humane days be ahead for all of us.

    Posted by kathryningrid | July 4, 2013, 4:14 PM
  22. Well said, Jen and Rumpy. I hope your move will be smooth and easy. Wishing you a peaceful evening.

    Posted by stanze | July 4, 2013, 4:22 PM
  23. It shames Mom Linda that her own sister has never ever registered to vote and she is 56! Neither has her husband. Amazing how many enjoy complaining about “government” and how “government” doesn’t do what they want…but they never take the 10 minutes to register and vote…so clearly, they won’t ever take the time to lobby for any laws to make changes for their companion animals…just sayin’…Savannah and Mom Linda

    Posted by Savannah's Paw Tracks | July 4, 2013, 4:43 PM
  24. So, so true, Rumpy! We are blessed to be free to choose to make a difference!

    Happy Independence Day, dear friends.

    Posted by meowmeowmans | July 4, 2013, 6:51 PM
  25. Great post RumpyDog. I would love to do more to change local legislation, but sometimes it feels so overwhelming. There are SO many things that need to be changed, where does one start? How do we start?

    Posted by humanrescuesdog | July 5, 2013, 1:49 AM
  26. “In order to live in a humane nation, we must first have people who are willing to make their nation humane.” Amen to to that, Rumpy Dog!

    Posted by askfisher | July 5, 2013, 5:40 AM
  27. I believe that eventually humans small actions can make things much much better and would be a big change for animals world!!
    Happy belated independence day!

    Posted by eripanwkevin | July 5, 2013, 9:25 AM
  28. A strong and important point. Hope y’all had a great day yesterday, and gave Jen a bit of peace and quiet 🙂

    Posted by shacklefordlb | July 5, 2013, 11:11 AM
  29. Wow, great post!

    Posted by wigglebuttryker | July 5, 2013, 3:44 PM
  30. you’re right, of course.

    Posted by butimbeautiful | July 7, 2013, 4:52 AM
  31. I agree, Rumpy! So many animals do not deserve to end up in shelters like this, and the only way to combat that is to get rid of the backyard breeding and puppy mills.

    Posted by Finn the Shih Tzu | July 8, 2013, 9:43 PM

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