Today I went to lunch with a a coworker and a sales rep at the hospital I work with, and as usually happens with me - we started talking about animals, and the sales rep said - "screw cats and dogs - humans are way more important - we should only think about humans and animals can just die - they're "just cats and dogs"".
And you can guess what kind of response that got from me!
He said that we shouldn't even be thinking about cats and dogs and their welfare while people are dying in Afganistan and Iraq and on the streets and being murdered - we should be focusing our energy on humans.
What I said to him was the "life IS cheap - life REALLY IS cheap - for humans and for animals. It MUST be, because people are so willing to kill each other - humans are, for such silly things - all around the world, and even next door to us.
Last week I was out at Bayer's Lake Industrial Park and I saw a woman hit her about 2 year old child - she just hauled off and give him a good smack - they were outside the Burger King and he was sitting on the pavement and she bent down and just smacked him because he was crying and he recoiled back like he was so afraid of her and he started crying louder and she hollered "STOP!" and she grabbed him by his coat and he was just this innocent little thing and I just stood there watching it - and I was like - how could she do that to her little child? I think it was the first time I've ever seen a human do that to a child and it stunned me - that someone could do that to a baby, and it affected me. But people do that to other humans all the time - I mean a man over in Switzerland or Finland or one of those countries kept his children as sex slaves in a dungeon for a couple DECADES.
So it makes sense that people can be awful to animals - and it's my belief that dogs and cats and pigs and cows and chickens and humans are all the same - we're all equal and deserve the same treatment - even though life is so cheap - we should still all be treated the same - and we've got to start somewhere, so we might as well start with animals" and my sales rep friend said - in the countries where all the wars are going on that they eat dogs - and it pretty much tastes like chicken - so the animals are at least all the same to him!
So I don't know if I was getting through to him too much!
It just boggles my mind that people don't have the empathy to see living things other than human as requiring consideration of concern. It makes me wonder if they have enough empathy to even have concern for other humans - maybe that they've never met or only heard about - if they have the depth of perception to be able to understand that people exist in 3 dimensions and actually exist outside of their own personal space.
If you can't treat a dog humanely - how can you treat a human humanely? It confuses me.