Nancy Morey: Be kind to animals
May 2 through 8 was “Be Kind To Animals Week,” which ought to be every week of the year. I, like many others, believe animals are here for their own purpose. They don’t exist primarily to serve humans, although many do serve in capacities which are not harmful to them and which greatly benefit society. Most Summit County dog owners (in Boulder, dog “guardians”) would agree that dogs exist simply to play, love and be loved – so apparent at the recent Doggy Day event at the Rec. Center, which is always great fun for the dogs and laugh therapy for the humans in attendance, whether they’re there with their dogs or just to watch.
In the spirit of this one week of the year set aside to call attention to the treatment of animals, I would like to list, from the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (the latter started by Neal Barnard, M.D.), the basic rights of all animals that I so wish everyone everywhere would support:
-The right of animals to be free from exploitation, cruelty, neglect and abuse.
-The right of farmed animals to an environment that satisfies their basic physical and psychological needs.
-The right of companion animals to a healthy diet, fresh water, protective shelter, adequate exercise and medical care.
-The right of animals to be freed from cruel and unnecessary experimentation and toxicity testing. Animal research is not only needless and inhumane, it can be dangerous to humans because of species differences and has resulted in misleading information and drugs that damage and kill. It has been rendered obsolete by the use of computer and simulator models which can more accurately depict the human condition than dogs needlessly tortured in dubious experiments without anesthesia.*
-The right of wildlife to a natural habitat, ecologically sufficient to a normal existence and a self-sustaining species population.
-The right of animals to have their interests represented in court and safeguarded by the law of the land.
*We have a choice of the charities we support. Please make sure that the ones you do support are humane charities before you donate to them or in any way support them, as in charitable walks, runs, etc. For example: The Susan G. Komen Foundation and the American Cancer Society incredibly still fund animal research. The Avon Walk for the Cure does not. This is public information. Please support the humane charities that have come into the 21st century, the ones working to better human health through alternatives to the inhumane use of animal experiments. Visit http://www.humaneseal.org for information.
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