This one will annoy the bleeding hearts out there no end.
So today New Zealand was aghast at the carnage wrought in a small rural town. Earthquake? No, Tsunami? No, Hurricane? No. In fact it was.. drum roll, an animal killing.
It seems some eccentric fellow had 30 or so unregistered dogs on his property, some of which got out and mauled a neighbor’s dog to death. In a fit of revenge, said neighbor grabbed his gun, entered the neighbor’s property and proceeded to kill all the dogs.
Now clearly the doggie killer is a little loose – sure the police should investigate the state of his mind and whether in fact he had a firearms license. But for the entire country to get caught up in a mass hysteria is just madness. The headlines screamed:
‘Haunting scene of death and destruction’ – SPCA describes dog massacre
I’ve visited concentration camps, I’ve seen images from Haiti post earthquake, from the Killing Fields of the Khmer Rouge and from other massacres. Only two weeks after well over 100,000 human beings lost their lives in the Haiti quake, we jump up and down aghast at the misery of 30 or so dogs.
I know clinical psychologists tell us that cruelty to animals is a stepping stone to pathological behavior against other people, I know guns are dangerous things and in a country blessed with limited incidents involving firearms we should be extra vigilant about these things – but what gets me is that the entire nation is only focused on these dogs, despite what is happening every day of the week all around the world.
The SPCA proclaimed that:
The scene which confronted our two inspectors will leave a lasting impression on them… When I arrived at the property, I was confronted with a scene not unlike a massacre… I’ve never seen anything as horrible as this in my life, and I cannot begin to imagine the terror these animals were faced with
Do these people watch the news? Read newspapers? Did they ever study history in school? If the killing of 30 dogs is the most horrible thing you’ve ever seen in your life, then you’re a lucky person indeed.
Balance please people.