This was my first shared photo on Facebook. It made me angry so I made an all caps caption about it.
I grew up surrounded by animals. We had dogs, cats, and birds, and flies and cockroaches. I remember when I was in grade school, I don’t want to go to school because all I want is to carry the new born puppy on my arms all day long. Another experience during higher years, one day I was going to buy something outside and I saw a 5-6 yrs. old boy playing with the dog violently, so with all conviction I commanded the boy to stop, in front of her mother, but then I realized I acted out of compulsion that time. During childhood, I dreamed of building a center for homeless and abused animals, as in all the animals that could be seen outside, a vague one.
All I know was that animals are lovable, period. Until I get to watch shows like Born to be Wild and Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho, they feature animals that are abused. Just like a story on KMJS, aired on May 2, 2009, a 21 year old guy named “Mike” who’s mistreated by his parents put his revenge on animals by placing a cat on a freezer or drowning it.
A news on 24 Oras like this:
Then I knew that many people have the opposite sentiment about animals. Upon further research about this topic, I’ve known that among all the animals, dogs are most subjected to cruelty followed by cats and pit bulls are the most victimized among dogs. Statistics also show that almost 15 million warm blooded animals are used for research in laboratories, and scientists believe that 100 species extinct every day.
I asked a pet lover and a psych major about their views about animal cruelty
“Nakakainis talaga. sobra. lalo pag nakakapanood ako sa tv nung mga aso na nahuhuling pinapatay ganun. kasi unfair naman yun sa kanila, lalo yung mga dogs na loyal sa humans nila, ganun. ibang klase kasi sila magpasaya ng tao, kahit sa tingin or mga small actions lang nila. nakakaawa lang na hindi sila na-a-appreciate ng iba. yun.”
(Follow up question) Is there an instance where you’ve seen animals abused in front of you, for example, by a friend or an acquaintance?
“So far, wala pa naman akong nakikitang ganun na as in sa harap ko talaga nangyari, pero pag napapanood ko sa TV, nang gigigil talaga ako. Minsan nililipat ko nalang. Pero minsan pag papasok nakasakay ako ng jeep, nakakakita ako nung mga stray dogs na umiinom nung maduning tubig sa kalsada, yun lang naaawa na talaga ako.”
“Ayako, di ako pro sa ganun that’s punishable, ang dilemma lang kasi ano ang limits ng abuse. Psych major kasi ako so we use animals sa experiments, minsan may ethical issues to animals yun kasi di defined ang border kung abuse.na siya or not.”
“mas madali din mapprotect ang animals kung exact na. pag vague kasi mas madaling malulusutan nung mga abusers ung punishment.”
(Follow up question) “What is your insight about that, what do you think are the parameters to consider if abused or not?”
“Kunwari too much stress ang nac-cause sa animal nung human act hanggang physical abuse na yung pwedeng parusahan, like sa psych minsan may mga gumagamit ng small electric shocks to animals para acondition yung animal na magkaaversion sa isang bagay. Too much of that can be stressful to them na pwede magcause ng side effects.”
After all the information, interviews, and research there’s still a question unanswered inside my mind. What could be our reason to abuse them? From my view, we may have reasons not to like them, they’re stinky on some ways, they’re messy, they’re irritating (on some people), they’re noisy. But we don’t have a reason to abuse them. I could still recall what my Mom would say to me: “Ang hayop, salita lang ang kulang jan.” They eat, feel, and love to.
The very that thing I appreciate to pets are those unseen act of love to us their masters. We let them sleep to cold floors, but it doesn’t matter to them, they still giggle and get excited the moment we’re home. They don’t complain if their food is a leftover or not. They listen when we’re sad, or cheer with us when we’re happy. They are not meant for abuse.
photos from Google