You can’t make this shit up. Many times, those who claim to be “animal rights” advocates often have other motivations. And those other motivations are seldom in the best interests of defenseless animals. You can throw all of the money you have towards “helping” animals, but if that money is put solely towards erecting buildings with your name prominently placed above the door, or if that money does little more than soothe your guilty conscious, or if that money is sent unwisely to those shelters and sanctuaries that spend pennies on the dollar to actually improve the lives of animals, than what good have you done?
And I know people like that here in San Antonio, who claim to be doing good and doing what is best for the animals, but in reality, they cause more harm than good because no accountability is ever demanded. Money disappears into the big sinkhole of the sanctuary’s messed up finances. And those who give, are never the wiser in most cases. Much of that money gets spent on everything except animal care. None is spent on veterinary care, but it is spent on vacations. None of it is spent on training and hiring the right employees, but it is spent on food and liquor.
I am not a militant vegetarian by any means, and I try to be a vegan at every turn. Sometimes it’s hard. You are eating at a place that has no vegetarian, let alone vegan options, so you either go without, or compromise your beliefs left and right. However, spending hundreds, if not thousands of dollars a year to care for your pets, while turning the other way when faced with animal cruelty that surrounds us all daily, makes you a hypocrite. Condoning the slaughter of farm animals is tragic. Pretending that it doesn’t happen because the chicken, or the pig, or the cow you eat comes wrapped up in pretty cellophane packages in your grocer’s meat case is just ignorant. Picking and choosing which animals deserve to live and which deserve to be senselessly slaughtered, all depending on your needs, is cruel.
And if you horde animals in “shelters” and “sanctuaries” and then don’t provide them with the proper care, you ought as well have not even tried in the first place. If these places exist here in San Antonio, and Bulverde, and in Dallas, they exist in your hometown as well. And by the way, throwing an occasional handful of food at the animals in your care, does not, in fact, constitute “proper care.”
I have felt like this for a while, and I will freely admit, that at times, I too have looked the other way when I shouldn’t have. All to my shame. But, the older I get, the more conscious I become about the sanctity of life. For all beings, human and not. I intend to devote even more of my time to the right causes, and I further intend to expose the people and the places I know are wrong. Why? Because if people like me don’t, who will? I would rather get a place shut down and the animals removed and taken into proper care, no matter the consequences, than to let the animals go on being more neglected than they ever were before they got there.
It all starts with that first phone call, and the release of the first photographic and video evidence.