I've always loved animals & have enjoyed the ones we have had. I stop for turtles on the road & even move them if it's safe & always feel a little sad when I see a dead animal on the road- even an armadillo.
When I think of the human tragedies of this world the death of an animal is very insignificant. When I think back to the orphanage I've been in.... Animals become a non issue.
Truly I believe this obsession with animals & their care is a deeper root issue of our society. When you spend more money on an animal than on Missions ( if you are a Christian) there is a problem. If you care about animals more than you care about a human who needs help- there's a problem.
Animals will be in heaven it seems per scripture but there's no scripture that says your Rover is going to be there. I hope all my pets go but they don't have a soul ( per scripture) they don't need to hear the gospel message & they should not be our focus. And I'm not looking forward to heaven because of an animal possibly being there!
And I just have to address this attack on the mother of the child-I applaud all the "experts" there in computer land who have NEVER let go of their child's hand and have NEVER taken their eyes off their child for one second..... Good for you....I imagine you are lying through your crooked teeth! Every parent has had situations that could have ended badly- things happen especially with curious children. Obviously if the mom dropped her four year old son off alone for the day to hang out at the Zoo, that would be neglect. But just because a small child was able to squeeze through a panel, in probably a split second....don't be so arrogant to blame the mom!
I've had an original thought....even Mary & Joseph weren't perfect parents. They didn't know where 12 year old Jesus was for days! Wow can you imagine the shock of THAT in today's world????
So many times I've seen animal memes placed on FB with pleas for help & there is a ton of "likes & shares". Then an orphan's picture is placed on FB & you can hear the crickets chirping..... Same way on this blog- I get more responders when I share a recipe than when I talk about orphans. I'm not saying to go starve your cat - the bible encourages us to be kind to animals but please remember there are humans in great need & that should be our focus. What is your priority? I want mine to be on people who are made in God's image!
I've published a really good article that I thought says what I think much better than I do! You can go to the link or read it here. I copied it as I was not sure that this was open on FB.
Let’s get this out of the way: Animals are not people. They are not children, they are not family, they are not prisoners or slaves, and they do not have rights. That’s not a popular position these days, when a third of Americans think animals deserve the same legal protections as us, and most folks call their dogs and cats family. But it’s the truth, and it’s the only way to maintain a sane civilization. For proof, just survey the last several days now that the dust is settling across Twitter and Facebook: Almost before 17-year-old western lowland gorilla “Harambe’s” corpse was still, legions of social media experts on great ape behavior, anesthesiology, exhibit design, and parenting began thundering condemnations. It didn’t really matter who, if anyone, was to blame for the sad loss. An endangered animal had been shot, and someone’s head needed to roll.
Harambe was merely protecting the three-year-old child as he violently jerked him around, declared thousands of self-diplomad primatologists. Never mind veteran zookeepers and animal experts like Jeff Corwin and Jack Hannah, who said the Cincinnati Zoo made the right decision in taking the silverback’s life as he grasped the tiny child. The rage directed at the zoo’s staff, and at the child’s parents, Deonne Dickerson and Michelle Gregg, was inhuman. Here’s a sampling from Twitter: “Lowland gorillas are an endangered species and stupid people aren’t.” “Arrest the mother and put her kids in state custody. She is unfit to parent.” “Shoot the mother.” “I had MUCH rather see her dead than the gorilla.” “Stupid people should be an endangered species.” “Shooting an endangered animal is worse than murder.”
These responses were typical. Close to every other tweet under the #JusticeforHarambe hashtag suggested that the mother, both parents, or the three-year-old child should have been killed, rather than the gorilla. Death threats—not just death wishes, but threats—were plentiful. The whole disgraceful spectacle was a rerun of unnumbered others, from Cecil the lion, to Kyndall Jones, to the comments under every YouTube video featuring a captive whale. Of course, as Justine Sacco knows, it’s not just furry critters in pain that raise torches and pitchforks online. Just about any blood in the water can bring out the worst in Twitter and Facebook users. But when animals get involved, something changes. Something primal emerges from behind keyboards across the world, and people begin baying for the blood of their fellow human beings to avenge that of big game. In some cases, of course, the targets of social media fury have mistreated animals or broken the law. But in virtually all cases, internet vigilantes go so far overboard, they become the wild animals. When beasts are treated like people, people act like beasts. Or as Chesterton put it in his essay, “On Seriousness,” “Wherever there is Animal Worship, there is Human Sacrifice.”
Others have ascribed this reaction to modern society’s isolation from agriculture. And there’s certainly some truth there. As a recent billboard campaign by vegans unwittingly demonstrates, most residents of the first world no longer come into contact with the realities of farm life, especially the blood and gore necessary to make our hamburgers and leather sofas. Our most frequent contact with live animals happens when our purring, tail-wagging companions greet us at the door. So we tend to imagine that deep down, large, powerful wild animals like Harambe the gorilla are just as cuddly and sweet as our cats and dogs. We’ve gone soft, some will say, and don’t remember where our food comes from or what must be done when nature’s deadliest creatures threaten human life. But there’s a lot more to it than that. I think the concept of animal rights, itself, is to blame for the accelerating cycle of outrage. Here’s where I want to get controversial: Animal rights don’t make sense, because animals don’t have rights. If you think they do, you must either live an extreme life or an inconsistent one. Rights are absolute. As the pro-life movement has been so good at pointing out, rights don’t depend on your size, level of development, environment, degree of dependency, or how convenient your death would be. If a cow has a right to life, it has that right regardless of how badly you or I want a Big Mac. If animals have rights, then we must swear off meat and other animal products forever.
But even if we did that—even if we all became strict vegans and advocates for the abolition of all forms of animal slavery, including egg farming, fleecing sheep, and horseback riding—animal rights would still not make sense. Because in order to extend human rights to animals, and insist that humans honor those rights, you must assume the very thing you’re trying to dismiss: human uniqueness. If animals have rights, animals themselves do not honor them. Turn on the Discovery Channel if you’re not sure what I mean. Humans, we’re told, are just another animal. Who are we to claim special significance and value above our fellow primates, mammals, or even vertebrates? That’s “speciesist,” PETA might tell us. But how can we deny human uniqueness, and in the same breath proclaim a unique human duty to respect the rights of fellow creatures? Make up your mind. Are we animals or aren’t we? Sadly, most who assert animal rights don’t recognize the inconsistency at the heart of their beliefs. But overheated internet comments and inconsistency are the milder consequence of breaking down the barrier between humans and animals. The worldview behind this move, Darwinian naturalism, helped make the last 150 years some of the bloodiest ever.
In his new book, “The Death of Humanity,” California State University history professor Richard Weikart documents the horrors that result when man places himself on a level footing with animals. And let’s not forget that we already live in a society of brutal inconsistencies—one which mounts a criminal investigation three days after a gorilla’s death, but a year after finding out that Planned Parenthood sells the body parts of aborted infants, has indicted only the messenger. Chuck Colson saw naturalism and the conflation of people with animals at the root of these brutalities. He pointed to the oft-cited Dr. Peter Singer of Princeton, who claims that “On the basis of evolution…there is no clear dividing line between humans and animals.” Singer has a point, and that’s one of the most important reasons to reject his naturalistic account of the world, and the insanity it has inspired. The dividing line between humans and animals, reinforced by the Christian concept of God’s image, is the basis of civilization, of law, and yes—even of animal welfare. Only as stewards of a creation entrusted to us to cherish and cultivate can we speak of human responsibility toward animals. Only by embracing our unique role, separated from all other creatures by an insurmountable moat, can we truly look after their welfare. If, however, we are only animals, then we all belong beside that little boy in Harambe’s enclosure, and it doesn’t matter how we treat each other, or the other species in the zoo
And there are two other articles I felt were very good by Matt Walsh the second one was written after he and his family got death threats! Death threats over an ape? This world is crazy!
So I'm still an animal & nature lover. I'll slow down for a squirrel, I'll relocate non poisonous spiders and bugs, I'll feed my cats and take them to a low cost vet if they are sick. But I will never put an animal's life above a human's in any way shape or form. I'll not ascribe to this "worship of animals" I'll continue to have cats that go outside and if we ever get a dog that we keep- it'll be an outdoor dog. BTW we had two dogs within a week's period and rehomed both of them as they did not work out for our family. I have no issue with that, some animals are better in some families than others. I didn't dump them on the side of the road but I did find other homes for them. Pets are great but I don't dishonor my children by calling my pets my "fur babies" . For some reason that totally grates on my nerves! I can absolutely promise you that my kids come before any animal in this world! And guess what? You and your kids come before any animal too.....
On to family news.....
I picked Shad up on Tuesday, his last day of school and his knee was swollen to the point of looking like it was dislocated! He'd gotten bitten by a horsefly on Memorial Day during a bike ride. He either had cellulitis again or a bad reaction to the bite. First I took him to our Urgent Care and they sent us right over to the ER! He got admitted and sent to a hospital with a Children's section! I was in absolute shock! The concern was there could be damage to the knee itself from the infection or the inflammation. Thankfully he quickly responded to medicine and only had to be in for one night. The doctors couldn't agree on exactly what it was but he is all back to normal now and glad to be out of school!
Steve is working as a "pool boy" for the summer- cleaning pools. It keeps him busy. He did fall in a pool....the story involved a spider LOL. I just wished there had been a video!
Well hope your summer is going good! We have lots of plans for this summer.