Saturday, September 22, 2007
Yes, these kinds of people kidnap pets, yet they believe they're "helping."
Perhaps, there are those of you who think nothing of such actions because they are only "animals." These animals are also living creatures who share the hearts and minds of their owners; they return the loving and caring which you give to them because they are also spiritual creatures.
Beyond this, these depressed, psychotic, control freaks are one step away from child abuse; it has been documented in criminology studies that the same type of people who abuse animals also abuse children - HUMAN children.
The same type of people who do this to animals would think nothing of doing the same to YOUR OWN CHILD.
Therefore, we need whistle blowers like PETA to help stop the abusers from doing anymore harm. Please support their efforts in protecting innocent lives - RD.
In July, PETA informed animal control in Green Cove Springs, Fla., about numerous animals in a home there who were being kept in nightmarish conditions. Many of the cats were sick and injured, and their food and water bowls were overrun with roaches. The stench inside the home was overwhelming. In addition, a dog was left outside without water, and he frequently became tangled in his tether.
Before the sheriff's office responded to our complaint, PETA made sure that the dog had received clean water. When animal control was finally able to enter the residence, 11 cats were removed from the property. One cat's eye was completely missing, and another cat had a severe respiratory infection and was sneezing blood.
This case was horrifying but by no means surprising. In a practice known as "hoarding," people take in large numbers of animals—usually cats and dogs—in an attempt to "save" them. Hoarding invariably leads to abuse.
PETA is working to remove thousands of animals from hoarders in various parts of the country, and we need your help. Your online donation to PETA today will help us spare cats, dogs, and other animals from this kind of misery.
Hoarders are sometimes thought to be kind people who are simply trying to help animals. But in a shocking new report, titled "Animal Hoarders: Behavior, Consequences, and Appropriate Official Response," PETA exposes that hoarding has much more to do with cruelty than with compassion.
Hoarding is an obsession and a mental illness that causes people to severely neglect the animals in their charge. Extreme crowding of animals results in easy transmission of parasites and diseases, and hoarded animals are almost always denied veterinary care; broken limbs and wounds commonly go untreated. Hoarded animals are often confined to small, filthy cages, which are sometimes stacked on top of each other, with the waste from the animals above falling on the ones below. These animals crave companionship, and when they don't receive it, they frequently isolate themselves and engage in destructive behaviors such as self-mutilation.
PETA responds to thousands of calls to help abused animals each year, including many hoarding cases. With your support, we are able to remove many animals from these kinds of situations. We also work with state and local authorities to prosecute hoarders, and we also work to educate the public about these issues.
By supporting PETA today, you can help us spare companion animals from the abuse of hoarders—and give them a chance to live the healthy, happy lives they deserve.
Thank you for caring and for making a difference for animals.
Very truly yours,
Ingrid E. Newkirk
P.S. The companion animal overpopulation crisis has enabled hoarders to operate in every community. That means there's a greater need for PETA's work to stop the neglect and abuse of these animals—and a greater need for your life-saving support. Please donate to PETA today.
P.S.S. You can recognise animal hoarders: They drive around in large vehicles stocked with cages and petfood. They are usually in their middle ages to elderly and they are anti-social in one way or another. They may try to cover animal odors with heavy cologne. They try to lure pets with large plates of food in areas away from public view.