I understand the last slaughter house where horses can be used for food has been closed, yet the plight of older or diseased horses is cruel beyond words.
Most of civilization was horrified at the brutal abuse of Michal Vick's dogs. 49 nine were seized and I certainly thought they would all be euthanized due to their response to the cruelty of their life experience. Not to be! Praise the Lord.
The Human Society selected several experts to evaluate the dogs as to whether to put them down, place them on a non-kill preserve or prepare them for placement with a family, train them as police dogs or other special work.
One dog was deemed too intensely aggressive to be placed with humans, so it will suffer lethal injection.
Vick seems to be intent on following the self destructive course of the once pristinely lovely and wholesome Britney Spears. While on bail he failed a drug test and is more than certainly in the process of forfeiting his fantastic career in professional football.
That animals are abused in all societies is a fact, a fact that sensible people would stop if we could. Animals according to the Bible are a creation of God and the Lord God clearly holds man responsible for the welfare of this part of his creation. That man, even in his fallen condition is to accept this position as caretaker is part of the creation story.
A few months ago I wrote on the furry creatures that make my life a little more bearable and did I ever get taken to task. I stand by my insistence on the fair treatment of animals and women. I have observed over a rather long life that men who do not treat animals well, do not treat women with respect either. Look around. I know that some guys think treating a wife like a dog is proper, but they haven't read the Bible concerning dogs or wives.
I often explain to people of the book that if animals were not to be important to humans, God would not have chosen them as sacrificial representatives of Christ. Even a cursory reading of scripture reveals that God wants the best in the area of sacrifice and if animals meant nothing the sacrifice had no meaning.
The numbers show that humans are partial to "good" animals. In the Vick case a survey was taken when the judge released 48 of his dogs to be placed somewhere to live and not die. The question was posed:
"Would you want one of Vick's dogs?"
7,657 said NO! 1,919 said Yes.
I am one of the "yes men." Of course I have to clear this with The Great Blonde. Not that I am henpecked or anything. In my dealings with Deacons over the last 45 years I have lost any fear of Pit Bulls. The Great Blonde is another story.