I’m tired of animal welfare advocacy.
I’m tired of the drama. Animal welfare advocacy is emotional overload. Act now or this animal dies! We need your help! We can’t do it without you. Make a donation today! Day after day, year after year, the message remains the same.
I’m tired of the focus not being on the real problem. We don’t have BSL laws because pit bulls are mean. We have BSL laws because humans are mean. And lazy. And foolish. And uneducated. So we fight to have those laws passed or overturned. How about instead pushing for programs in schools and daycare centers teaching kids how to property treat and care for animals?
I’m tired of the in-fighting. PETA wants all or nothing and don’t like HSUS’s piecemeal approach. They also stand against other groups on issues of companion animals. No Kill Nation is against everybody. Did their leader really think those opinion pieces trashing PETA and others were helpful? And have you EVER seen ALL of these groups stand together on an issue? No. And from the looks of things, you never will. It’s a bunch of egos that are sure they’re right, and the rest are wrong.
I’m tired of being ignored. I get lots of emails from advocacy groups wanting my help. But recently when I asked for access to write about the dog rescue down here, I was ignored. ASPCA told me I could only have access to press releases. HSUS told me to email them, then they never responded to my email. Not that I’m surprised. They have NEVER responded to my email requests. Really, guys. Do you only talk to people who are as big as Ellen? No wonder your reputation among the blogosphere stinks.
But mostly, I’m tired of the slow pace of change. With all the money, all the energy, and all the time given for animal welfare, what do we have to show for it? Oh, I know, you’ll tell me that more people adopt than buy now, and that we euthanize far fewer animals than we used to. Those things are true.
But the mindset of civilization has always been and continues to be that we will help animals as long as we don’t have to do so at the expense of our own comfort. So we keep destroying habitat. We keep eating animal products despite the suffering those animals experience to give us that food. We continue to degrade our waters, our air, and our land. And we keep trying to manipulate it all to so we can have our cake and eat it too.
We continue to spend our time online looking at all those photos of cute kittens and puppies without once asking ourselves where they came from, or where they’re going.
So for those of you who, like me, are tired of the big egos and the drama queens, got any ideas on how we can advocate for animals without letting the others drive us up the wall?