Sometimes I ask myself why I continue to write a blog dedicated to the welfare of animals. Aren’t there plenty of other groups and people doing the same that are at least getting paid to carry that message? Am I nothing more than a minnow swimming in the ocean?
After all, if I were to write about something else, I could most likely turn it into a money-making venture. And that would certainly be nice.
And then I find myself in situations that remind me that the problem isn’t that I’m a small voice, but that there aren’t more of us raising our small voices, thus creating a mighty wave that crashes its’ message onto the shore.
You see, the problem isn’t that there aren’t people like me that care. And it’s not that there are people out there that could care less.
No, the problem is that there are many of you that do care, but keep your mouths shut.
Laws alone won’t turn a person’s heart. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for strengthening animal welfare laws. I think that they may not make people see animals differently, but they will discourage law-abiding citizens from acting outside of the law. And for some folks, it’s not about thinking themselves into better acting, but in acting their way into better thinking.
However, laws are only effective if they’re funded and enforced. And even then, most often it is up to the citizens to notify law enforcement when those laws are being broken. All too often, one or more of those things don’t happen.
So we’re back to our school of minnows in this vast ocean. Let us resolve that we will no longer stand by and allow others to craft our message for us. We don’t need huge welfare agencies, business conglomerates, or publicity-seeking nut jobs speaking for us. What we need is for each of us to speak up for ourselves and for those who cannot speak in a language that we understand.
What? What was that you said? Speak up louder, please. I can’t hear you.