Since this horrific news about the sled dogs, you have probably read the report by IFAW – which was written in 2008! Since then nothing has changed! Now why is that?
Why is this country – apparently a well developed, civilized society – has not changed its animal welfare law since 1892! Do we have an inept government here or organizations and citizens with no compassion? What is the problem? Why have we failed to protect those for over 100 years now who cannot speak for themselves?
Canada is the only country which defines animal cruelty provisions as violations of property. Animals are living, feeling beings and must be treated as we would like to be treated by them if they were in our dominant position.
What happened in Canada in April 2010 is despicable! It has sent the message to the world that we, the people living in this country, don’t care. We have failed men’s best friend.
And with that we have failed many other creatures in this country. It virtually goes unnoticed. As long as average Joe can buy a cheap burger this is a great country, right?
But did average Joe ever ask – wait a minute, where does this meat come from?
Sadly, very few think about food this way. There are millions of farm animals living under horrific conditions and die inhumanly. Many workers know about it but so far none has refused to work under these circumstances. Do you ever wonder then why someone can just kill 100 dogs because he was told to do so?
If we can’t expect, demand and actually make people run an ethically and morally sound business then we have a major problem. Major, major problem. Apparently, ethic and moral have no place in business, right?
Any society going down this road will eventually fail. If you walk with an open eye and awareness, failing can be seen in this country already. Our democracy is diminishing through:
- cutbacks in education
- cutbacks in healthcare
- criminal laws that only protect the criminals
- virtually no protection for animals
- poor environmental standards and
- poor environmental protection
- government that is corrupt on every level and
- corrupt politicians who think they don’t have to be accountable whatsoever
- shifting costs from business to tax payers
- giving businesses huge tax cuts while an average family struggles day to day
- and citizens who don’t stand up for anything and demand change
Write letters to your representative in parliament. Demand change! And if they won’t hear us then they must see us. We must protest, and peacefully so, in thousands and demand change.
Democracy is not free. So we must learn to ask some serious questions to live in a democratic society:
- What power have you got?
- Where did you get it from?
- In whose interests do you exercise it?
- To whom are you accountable?
- How can we get rid of you?
Only democracy gives us that right. That is why no-one with power likes democracy. And that is why every generation must struggle to win it and keep it – including you and me, here and now.