Feeling really sad (was sad anyway as am mourning and other things) - just happened upon Sylvia Loch on facebook, with links to a rescue thing her daughter's doing, wiht links to some terrible terrible things happening - pictures of lambs on meathooks - alive; dogs hung up alive until dead; and then a vile despicable video of a large black clad woman torturing a small shetland type pony. I feel sick and traumatised - I didn't mean to see the images - they were there on teh pages, adn I wish I hadn't seen them. The shetland pony video - I usually avoid watching anything nasty animal-wise as it makes me ill, but it said she was prosecuted,and pony siezed so I thought the pony was alright in the end - but I had no idea people coudl be so cruel, so cruel and enjoy it, over and over again. It's frightening actually. Depressing too; it's certainly made me feel depressed. Sorry, just needed to tell someone, as am so upset. I suppose we should be grateful that in this country this sort of thing is rare and not the norm.
Troop's said it well. Take care and sending a hug. But did you know positivity is infectious? There are studies to show that people who a positive and do good things infect the people around them to do good things and be positive. To me this is wonderful and is worth fighting for to counteract the dreadful things in the world. I don't think it hurts to explain to people you do find certain images, topics upsetting so you aren't ignoring stuff on FB or where ever but try to live positively.
I'm sorry it has left you so upset but it proves (if proof were needed) that you care. I try and avoid those type of things as they leave me feeling depressed and completely useless because I can't stop it. I do think Happysnail has a point and very very slowly there is a trickle effect. No matter what the punishment I don't think cruelty will ever be stopped completely but I think it affects everyone indirectly, those people who already care try that bit harder, maybe by taking in an animal they wouldn't usually or giving their own animals an extra cuddle.
I too can't stand to watch vile people do vile and cruel things to innocent animals... and to enjoy what they do too.... I really do not know which is worse... Unfortunetly Solly is not going to be able to unsee what she saw.... but the fact that you are sickend by it does mean you do care...
My ex BIL immigrated to Australia with my sister many years ago (in the 50's i think) and got a job in a lamb slaughterhouse... since then he has been unable to eat it. He was a very hardened man, came back to England and then worked as a dog handler at Dartmoor Prison, fed dog's raw meat, or boiled animal heads for them.. but never ever ate lamb (or mutton) again.
The truth is, I'd rather be with my horses than with most people. I'd rather scrub buckets than scrub dishes. I'd rather go to a tack shop than go to a shopping mall. I'd Rather clean a stall than clean my house, and I much prefer horse sh** to BULLSH**..