It’s Be Kind to Animals Week
In Summit County, animals are generally treated very well, but as most of us sadly know from the news, this is too often not the case elsewhere in our state. And so often dogs are blamed unfairly when an attack occurs, like the one recently in Weld County. The woman who left a 2-year-old dog and child alone on her porch unsupervised was at fault, but the child and the innocent dog were the losers. Children this age are curious and do not know or understand that their quick actions can scare and hurt an animal (hitting, pulling ears, tail and fur) and, in an instant, precipitate an attack. This scenario repeats itself far too often and is so easily preventable. Far more upsetting is the deliberate cruelty and neglect perpetuated by people old enough to know better. The link between animal cruelty and violence to humans has been well-documented. “Animal violence is community violence.” Colorado is ranked among the states having the best animal cruelty laws. But there is room for improvement even within those with the best laws. We must demand strict adherence to and enforcement of the laws we have. Parents, even if you cannot have a pet, please take the time to teach your young children that animals are sentient beings, that they feel pain both physically and psychologically. We all must be vigilant and never hesitate to speak for those who cannot speak. Please intervene immediately on behalf of any animal you see anywhere that is being abused or neglected by reporting the situation to authorities. Gandhi said, “Let a nation be judged by how it treats its animals.” Let’s help our children when they are young to develop a life-long compassion (or at least respect) for animals.
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