What’s Good About Animal Cruelty?

What’s Good About Animal Cruelty?
by Laura Beaulne-Stuebing, January 17, 2008

Is it just me, or are stories of animal abuse showing up quite a lot in the media? I suppose I could be paying attention much more these days, but I think there’s something else going on.

I think we may be, as a society, changing the way we see animals.

The Michael Vick atrocity is probably the most notable tale, but just take a look at the Taste Better home page. Depending on the day, it’s filled with news stories that address animal cruelty. I don’t think these incidents are happening more than they used to – they’re simply getting more coverage.

And that’s a good thing – maybe societal respect for life (all life) isn’t such a crazy idea, and isn’t so far off. There are still people who do despicable things, like breaking into houses and microwaving the family cat to death – but now I think there are more of us who just won’t take it any longer.

This thought was affirmed just the other day. I was manning a booth for my campus vegetarian club, trying to recruit new members. A young student journalist approached me. She was making a radio documentary about animal abuse – she had heard of a terrible story. Two teens in Edmonton, a few weeks ago, broke into a house while the owner was away, and stuck the owner’s cat in the microwave. They turned the appliance on and, well, I think I’ve said enough.

So, as a representative of the Purple Veggies (that’s the name of my campus veg club), I was asked my opinion about animal cruelty and my personal experiences with animals for the documentary.

The interview didn’t last long, but the fact that it happened at all was very encouraging to me. The interviewer, from what I understand, is not a vegetarian or raging vegan – she’s just a person concerned about animals. I took it as a representation of a greater sentiment. To me, the fact that she isn’t “one of us” and cares about the welfare of animals, is proof that our society might just be getting it right.

At least, they might be getting it right for domestic animals. It would be an entirely different level of affirmation, for me, if the rest of the world associated a microwaved cat with a cow being sent to slaughter. Most don’t think of farm animals the way they think of cats and dogs – it doesn’t occur to them that pigs, chickens, and cows have personalities and feel emotion too.

One step at a time, though, I suppose. It may take a little while, but maybe, maybe…

I’ll cross my fingers, promote animal rights, talk about these horrors, and live a vegan life. Maybe, maybe, because of the way I and other animal lovers live, and because of this new resistance to animal abuse that’s showing up in our society, we will all be appalled to know the conditions that our farm animals face in their short, unhappy lives.

Maybe we will all respect ALL life. That’s a thought – isn’t it?

Laura is a university student in London, Ontario.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

ZAKIRAH March 27, 2013 at 6:00 pm

I THINK WHAT U ARE SAYING IS TRUE BUT IF DONT NOTICE HOW CAN THEY TELL SO PEOPLE LIKE U AND ME SHOULD START TO SPEAK UP FOR ANIMALS BECAUSE THEY JUST RESPECT AS WE DO

johnnybeta April 23, 2014 at 10:37 am

what would be the point of breaking into a persons house and microwaving the cat

joe September 30, 2016 at 1:57 pm

So why is animal abuse good again?

you didnt really explain why animal abuse is good.im very against animal abuse but i would like to hear other peoples opinions on the subject at hand October 30, 2016 at 9:11 pm

you didn’t really explain why animal abuse is good.

cupcakKe November 1, 2016 at 2:06 pm

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