An orange Tabby was dubbed the nickname ‘Cupid’ after he survived an arrow shot through his shoulder. He was taken to the Brittmore Animal Hospital where the arrow was surgically removed. Luckily, the arrow pierced no major organs and ‘Cupid’ is underway to a full recovery.
This article, which I found on The Huffington Post, really affected me in a personal way. If you read the original article, it states that the veterinarian who operated on ‘Cupid’ believes that the incident “…definitely wasn’t an accident”.
My family and I have had our own trials of our animals being abused. The first incident occurred with our cat Trixie.
We lived outside of Detroit at the time and Trixie was an indoor-outdoor cat. She enjoyed going outside during the day and roaming the neighborhood. During one day, Trixie came home and my mother saw dried blood on her face. Trixie’s eye was swollen and shut so my mom rushed her to the vet. The doctor looked at Trixie and said that she had been shot. Luckily, however, the bullet went straight through and missed hitting her brain.
From then on, Trixie only had one eye, the shot eye permanently sewed up. My mother knew that it wasn’t an accident and someone had deliberately shot our cat.
The other incident involved our dog Maggie. We adopted the fawn-colored Boxer from the Michigan Humane Society and loved her at first sight – even with her one physical flaw.
You usually see Boxers with their ears straight up and their tails as stubs, even though they are born with their ears floppy and down, and their tails long. However, many breeders and Boxer owners crop the dog’s ears – a procedure, which occurs when the dog is 7-12 weeks old, that involves removing some of the earflap and nerve endings. It is usually done for “physical beauty” and something that I find to be a very cruel practice.
When we adopted Maggie, she only had one ear. The MHS did not know the details to what had happened but they speculated that Maggie had suffered through a terrible cropping job. Soft, silky, hairless, black skin – which I would curiously gently touch when I was a child – took the place of her one ear. Fortunately, they had not gone as far as cutting her tail to a stub, so she had a long hard tail which I vividly remembered she would whack us with when she became excited.
My family has been known to adopt and take care of “misfit” animals. We don’t care about their physical deformations, and would rather have a loyal companion than a beautiful show dog. However, we do care about what happened to them, and why it happened.
Why ‘Cupid’ was shot with an arrow; why Trixie was shot through the eye with a gun; and why Maggie was subjected to the pain of an ear-cropping that went totally wrong: these are the things I think about. It is so sad to hear and see that animals are still treated without respect. They are still abused, taken advantage of, and treated like “things” instead of sentient beings.
Whether it was a teenager who just received a gun/bow-and-arrow for his birthday, or a bored adult who has no respect or love for animals, these kinds of intentional abuse are still happening.
Animals do have rights, and they have the ultimate right to be safe and secure in a world where humans still think they are superior to every other species.
Please, if you witness an animal being abused, do speak up. If you are hanging out with a group of your friends and they decide to test out their new BB Gun on a bird, do try to stop it. And please do not feel embarrassed for standing up for a “lesser being”; you could ultimately be saving a life.
Animals need a voice, and we should be that voice. Animal abuse is still abuse.
*Note: Click on the links above to read the full articles and to check my sources. The picture was taken from the source. I, however, summarized the article (the italicized section at the top) in my own words, and the opinions, thoughts, phrases, and words in this post are my own: © Kalie Lyn, 2011.*