As Green Monsters, it pains us to hear of humans who abuse animals. We do not understand why anybody would want to hurt another sentient being, and it breaks our hearts to hear when these things happen.
Recently, photos and videos appeared online of a person dragging a dog by a rope from a car in China. After he was exposed, the man appeared on a Shantou Television news program on Monday admitting responsibility for the incident and giving an apology. According to China Daily, he wanted to get rid of the dog, who was a watchdog that apparently had bitten people at his factory, but could not kill it with his own hands. For some bizarre reason, his next step was to subject the animal to pain and torture.
What kind of world do we live in where an apology is expected to make up for what this man did to that poor dog?
Why This Matters
The driver said the dog was still alive when left at the side of the road, but volunteers have been unable to find it. An animal rights group in the Guangdong province has organized a campaign to find the missing dog. So, if you live in the region and happen to have any information, contact them directly or comment below.
But even if you don’t live in China, we believe this story needs to be read by people everywhere, including right here in the U.S. (no matter how disturbing it is). We should be outraged, no matter where we are. But before we dismiss this incident because it happened continents away in China, we have to recognize that animal cruelty occurs daily in the U.S. as well, in ways that are equally (if not more) outrageous. The sad reality is we rarely hear about it.
Why? Because most of it is perfectly legal.
As if that weren’t bad enough, it might also surprise you to learn that right here in the U.S., there is no general, legal duty for the witness of a crime to report that crime to law enforcement officials – regardless of the crime’s severity (with some exceptions like child abuse). Our society has rightfully recognized the helplessness of children in the care of their abusers and created laws accordingly, but why doesn’t the law legitimize the same helplessness in animals?
It’s time to change that, and the only way to set those wheels in motion is if we as a society wake up to the cruelty that surrounds us, including the various forms of cruelty we’re paying for.
What Should You do if You Witness Animal Cruelty?
To learn more about how to identify animal abuse and neglect and what to do if you suspect cruelty or witness it, read this article.