By Terry Orr
What is Animal Cruelty?
Before researching material for this article, I thought the answer would be rather straightforward with little to no gray area. Wrong. Mspca.org provides this definition:
One definition, sometimes used by judiciary authorities, the MSPCA and other humane law enforcement officials, is found in Blacks Law Dictionary:
Cruelty to Animals. The infliction of physical pain, suffering or death upon an animal, when not necessary for purposes of training or discipline or (in the case of death) to procure food or to release the animal from incurable suffering, but done wantonly, for mere sport, for the indulgence of a cruel and vindictive temper, or with reckless indifference to its pain.
Treat the earth and all that dwell therein with respect
Take from the Earth what is needed and nothing more
Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good
All life is sacred, treat all beings with respect
Take full responsibility for your actions
Granny taught us early in life to respect all God’s creatures. It was ok to fish, hunt, and raise livestock for our food – but also not to waste. Sharing with others is always good and the right thing to do. As children growing up, we were unaware of the Native American Ten Commandments and any direct link to their way of life – that connection came later in life.
I believe we all have a responsibility to respect all of his creatures, to take care of them and protect them from abuse.
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