This video was posted recently on Yahoo:
In case you can’t watch the video, basically 100 sled dogs were shot and dumped in the ground by an outdoor tour company in BC after the 2010 Winter Olympics. Each dog watched its brethren get shot in the head before suffering the same fate. Not all of them died instantly. Some suffered horribly before dying. The company was tanking and they claimed efforts were made to find new homes for these dogs, but no one seems able to verify these claims.
In case any of these unfeeling assholes forget, it’s the 21st Century. Shooting living things in the head is not the way to deal financial problems.
Over the years, I’ve heard some pretty disgusting stories on animal cruelty, which take place right here across Canada all the time. The SPCA sends out depressing news bulletins full of scumbags who torture and kill dogs and cats. (Although there are happier stories in there too!) Some people voluntarily hurt animals for fun or out of displaced anger while others force breed them in tiny pens in their own excrement. It’s heartbreaking, awful and erodes your faith in humanity. But this is a company that is supposed to take care of their employees (ie. their sled dogs).
And pardon my language, but how the fuck did these idiots get so many dogs in the first place? If the dogs were breeding while in their care, why weren’t there steps taken to control the population? And no, I don’t mean euthanasia. I mean the big ‘snip snip’ under anesthesia?
It really pisses me off how some people can be so callous, arrogant, selfish and ignorant and completely disregard animals, particularly ones who are supposed to be our domesticated companions. Different people have different ideas about animals, whether they should be used for food or not, for example. But all living creatures deserve respect.
Well except for maybe the people who ordered these animals put down via shotgun blast. You deserve to go to prison for a loooong time!
Inspired by this tragedy, I plan on petitioning my local MP and the Minister of Justice, to try and tighten up animal cruelty legislation, which is woefully out of date. If you live in Canada and really want to make a difference in animals lives, please do the same.