The Truth Has A Mighty Heart
Let me start by saying that I celebrate all humans who are kind to and respect animals – either their own or those with whom they interact in life. This post is in no way a condemnation of people. However it is true that a picture is worth a thousand words and never is this more true than when it comes to how humans treat animals. The truth has a mighty heart and it will seek to be revealed. My goal with A Beating Heart is to raise awareness about the unseen – the unspoken – the unjust. The dirty little secrets that individuals – corporations and governments just don’t want us to think about. From factory farming to fur farms – animal shelters to animal fighting – rodeos – horsemeat and live animal shipment – to endangered animals who are currently on the red-line threatened list and are still slaughtered nonetheless.
NOTE: Some Pictures or Content May be Graphic or Disturbing To Younger or Sensitive Readers
If “we the people” would just hide our pretty little heads, cover our faces, not look at the awful pictures, remove our humanity and our compassion – then the appalling treatment of animals for profit could continue unabated. I know that it’s way too late to pretend that these things don’t happen. Every sentient being on earth has a right to life and to exist in peace. Who made mankind the arbiter of life? We’re not doing a very good job of it are we?
For hundred of years man has fought his wars, suppressed the voice of dissent, oppressed the weak, tolerated bullies and supported political corruption. That’s what he does to his fellow man – so is it any wonder that he continues to plunder the planet and force animals to serve at his behest with no regard for their comfort, care and well-being.
There is almost always a dollar sign attached to an animal. What is it worth? How best to maximize profit? How can we minimize care and commitment and thus our financial obligation to the animal? How soon can it be killed for a profit? How long can it function as a money making entity for us? When it no longer has a function how quickly, inexpensively and efficiently can we kill it? Are there any other last minute ways that it can make us money before we get rid of it?
We are all complicit. It doesn’t matter if we don’t personally beat our dogs. We know that animal protection laws are lax, factory farming is appalling, fur farms and by default the fashion industry torture animals, endangered species are being decimated for trinkets, criminals fight and kill dogs and wildlife crime is flourishing. The circus maintains it’s status as a go-see extravaganza in spite of known animal torture during training. Whales, sharks, fish and turtles are hunted without regard for their declining numbers.
Turtle Festival in the USA
But still we are busy, busy little people. Places to go – things to do – people to see – vacations to plan – promotions to chase and so many things to buy. I’m not saying that having a wonderful life is a bad thing or that all people are cruel. Far from it. There are many concerned, caring and compassionate people all over the world doing their best to make things safer and more just for other people, for animals and the planet.
But if we are ever to move past the darkness in the human soul that allows cruely to exist – then inaction is no longer an option. Political correctness is past the best before date. We need to stand up together and say “enough”. Seven years ago when I started to learn about global animals issues I was un-seeing. Now I know better. I will never put rose-coloured glasses back on and pretend that I don’t know what we do to animals. If anyone ever asks – “did you try to help” – I don’t want to stammer and say – “well I always wanted to but” …
The world will be passed along to the next generation. Will our legacy be one of plunder, exploitation, cruelty, ignorance, inaction and apathy?
Is this the best that we can do?
The truth has a mighty heart and every one of these pictuers is speaking a more profound and powerful truth than words can ever express. We as a human collective allow this global animal tyranny!
This photo gallery is a snap-shot of how we are treating the animals with whom we share the planet.
These pictures are not easy to view but I urge you to look at them. Humanity is the common denominator.
Polar Bears Are Endangered
Plucked Alive For Their Down Feathers
Cattle De-Horned & Branded With No Anaesthesia
The Short, Sad Life of a Factory Farmed Veal Calf
Factory Farmed Chickens
Dog Fighting In Mississippi
A Sick Dairy Cow Will Not Be Treated – Imagine The Pain In Her Body
A Piglet’s Testicles Cut Off Without Anaesthesia
Elephants Are Endangered – This Is For An Ivory Trinket In Asia
And Still The World Did Nothing At CITES in March – 2013
No Words Necessary
No Longer Strong Enough To Work – Discarded on the Street in Israel
And Still The Will To Live
A Bear Bile Farm In Asia – A Bear Can Be Confined In a Crate For Up To 20 Years
A Shunt Is Crudely Shoved Into a Bear’s Belly At a Bile Farm
“Rolkur” in Dressage – “The Face Pretty” of Animal Abuse – So Painful For A Horse To Compete This Way
Testing For Cosmetics & Household Product Safety – Their Eyes Are Routinely Used
Dolphin Slaughter at The Cove in Japan – Does Japan Deserve The Olympics?
Factory Farmed Turkeys – Their Beaks Are Just Cut Off
The Dog Meat Trade In The Philippines
Torture Of The Tennessee Walking Horse To Get This Revolting Gait Called “The Big Lick”
Downed – (they can’t walk) Calves At a Slaughterhouse Waiting To Die
A Bullfight In Spain – They Claim It Is “Cultural” …
A Different Bull – A Different Day – Finally Killed
A Fur Farm In China – Animals Are Routinely Skinned Alive. This Injured Fox Will Never Be Treated
Dog Fighting – A Growing Blood Sport In Many Countries Around The World
This Dog Was Skinned Alive on a Fur Farm – Tossed On A Heap of Dead Dogs – It Lived for 15 More Minutes
The Fall Fair – USA
“Breaking” a Baby Circus Elephant. Note The Sharp Bull Hook Held So He Can See It
The Brutal Reality of the Ivory Trade
A Sow Lives Her Entire Life in a Gestation Crate
Mink Farm in Asia
An Abandonned – Starving Horse
Discarded – No Longer Useful
A Deplorable Life
An Endangered Sea Turtle
This Is Done For “God” at a Religious Festival
“The Crush” – Breaking The Spirit of a Baby Asian Elephant. Many Die During This Month Long Torture
If You Ever Ride An Elephant You Will Have Contributed To This
An Elephant Is One of the Most Social Animals Alive – This Is A Chinese Zoo
Pigs On The Way To Slaughter
This Is Okay In The USA
Dogs Are Boiled Alive In Asia
Shark Fin Soup – The Live Shark Is Then Thrown Back Into The OceanTo Die
Please Get Up Mommie