Let’s be honest. It’s easy to be angry about all of the horrible things that happen to animals … like dogs and cats being skinned alive in China, the Canadian government allowing seals to have their skulls bashed in, or the cowardly act of dog fighting. But recently we’ve seen too many comments from otherwise compassionate young people that are racist, homophobic, or otherwise hateful. And we all need a reminder that anger doesn’t help—it hurts.
Attacking people based on how they look, their race, or what country they’re from is merely a cop-out. It’s an excuse. It’s a reason to say “THOSE people need to stop what THEY’RE doing …” while doing nothing to take personal responsibility for our own actions. Most of all, it doesn’t help any animals.
While there are awful injustices that happen in China and other countries unlike our own, the mutilation and torture of animals is something that happens everywhere. All across America animals are dismembered while fully conscious, scalded to death, and killed for profit by people who look like me, who look like you, and who don’t look like either of us. These aren’t isolated cases, they have nothing to do with color and little to do with culture, and none of it is acceptable.
Racism, homophobia, and sexism are all connected to the same callous and apathetic attitude that allows the worst cruelties to animals to continue. If we plan on speaking up for the weakest and most vulnerable around us—animals—than we must learn to be less hateful and be more compassionate.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” – Martin Luther King Jr.