Throughout the last several years, understanding animals has greatly evolved. Horrible, nightmarish acts were carried out on animals, all in the name of science. A lot of people thought that the animals they tortured actually did not have any emotions or feelings what-so-ever. The horrid tests they performed on these poor lab animals were beyond comprehension. The scientists working on the animals thought that the screams and desperate attempt to free themselves was all a part of an inherent reaction, void of pain or fear.
Thank goodness we now know this to be absolutely false. Animals can physically feel pain, just as humans. Studies have shown, beyond a doubt, that animals actually experience stress when placed in less than comfortable circumstances. When 'feed' animals are kept in the same room as the animals being butchered, their vital signs drastically accelerate, as well as portraying nervous tendencies. Sadly, they also distribute emotions for the animals being harmed or killed.
The cruelty we still inflict on caged animals can not be tolerated any longer. Even though we know they greatly suffer, the habitats and living conditions of these animals are abominable. A well known fast food chicken restaurant keeps their chickens piled on top of one another, cuts off their beaks, feeds them steroids and antibiotics, just to name of few of the inhumane acts. Not only do they not care that we know these things, they're arrogant in their reply to go eat somewhere else if it upsets you. Although I will not name this restaurant, with a little effort, you'll easily be able to find this information, along with video proof.
We need to be more proactive, and demand more humane treatment of the less fortunate animals who are born into, or adopted into such research labs or food houses. Just because an animal is going to be killed, doesn't give the people who are housing the animals the right to abuse them during the time they are alive. It's bad enough they're there for the reason they are. We also need to demand that they are put down in the most compassionate way possible.
When you are searching for a new veterinarian, take the time to ask him/her what their stands on animal's aches, pains and emotions are. You may be shocked to discover many veterinarians do not even distribute pain medication after surgery; especially routine surgeries, such as neutering, spade, cutting the horns off of bulls, etc... The more traditional veterinarians will actually laugh in the face of a 'newer age' veterinarian who takes the animal's pain and comfort level into consideration. It is shocking to learn this, because you would think if anyone has compassion about an animal's comfort level, it would definitely be a veterinarian. Many of the schools teach them to put up a wall to shield themselves from getting too emotionally attached. They do the same thing in medical and nursing school; they try to teach you to be detached from the patient, so the caring tendencies which usually helped you decide to go into this chosen profession, are quickly buried and covered with all the technical aspects of the business.
People need to start insisting that their health care providers for their pets and farm animals bring compassion back to the forefront of their chosen profession.
Humane treatment of living animals is not asking too much. Every little bit of kindness we can put back into the world will put a pin-point of light into the darkness.
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