Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Man's inhumanity to man

I've seen this on a few blogs, and I can't stop crying. I don't understand how people can be so callous -- the storm's already taken everything the survivors have, and officials are tearing their pets out of their arms?? Don't you realize the fragile emotional state of these victims? These pets are some of the only things they have left -- maybe the only family that remains -- and you throw them on the streets to fend for themselves? Animals are NOT property: they live, feel, fear, hurt and fight to survive. Domestic animals don't stand a snowball's chance in hell of making it on their own in such a screwed up place, and it's beyond cruel to leave them alone out there or to give owners an ultimatum: leave them, or starve with them.

This is so fucked up. Look at Cuba: they've been through equivalent storms, and for a developing country, they seem to fare a lot better than their northern neighbor. I can't believe we're rejecting their offers for help -- I can't believe they're even offering it, since we've done nothing but persecute them for decades. Before anyone calls me an out-of-touch socialist, I've been to Cuba. I've seen its upside and its downside, and all I have to say is no one can say anything about the country if they've never visited (and those of us who have still shouldn't assume we know much).

If judgment day ever comes, I hope we all sit before a council of animals who determine our fate. We deserve it.

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