Friday, March 27, 2009
Thank Dog Everybody has different passions
I was interviewed a couple weeks ago by a journalism student at King's College and one of the questions she asked me was why did I do what I do about dogs and dog politics. To me, I feel choiceless, I feel compelled to help in some way because I have looked into the eyes of too many dogs who needed help in some way - and I thought that I had the ability and the wherewithall to be able to do something to make things better for dogs.
Everybody has the power to make the world better, and everybody has different passions - one person's life goals might include running for public office, another's might be to get all the highways in the province twinned because they've had a family member die because of the inadequacies of the road's locally - another person's life might be dedicated to getting drunk driver's off the road - and mine is to improve the lives of companion animals - and it's great that there's so many people out there who are doing different things so that everything and every cause gets covered.
The thought occurred to me tonight because a friend of mine was talking about a new book that's out about a lion named "Christian" - so I googled it and came up with the "Born Free Foundation" - and they've got a channel on You Tube with some videos that had me crying all the way through them - and it shows you that there are just SO many species in this world that humans have abused, neglected, and degraded. It's amazing. There's a line in one of the video's where a lady is looking at a lion who's been living in a tiny cage on a roof-top in Italy and she says incredulously and with such pain in her voice - "why would somebody do this to an animal, and why would they WANT to do this?" - she just couldn't believe that a human could do this to any living thing for 14 years - and really, how could anybody.
The Born Free You Tube Channel is at http://www.youtube.com/user/bornfreefoundation and their website is at http://www.bornfree.org.uk/