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