my point in what i said about wspa, trafficking, and abortion - was in no way complete.
i understand and believe that abuse of animals is horrible - and its rampant. people who beat their children probably started on their dog - i can only assume that someone who neglects their dog and beats them would do the same or similar to a child. last year in new zealand it seemed like everytime you turned around the police had unearthed ANOTHER dog fibhting ring - those dogs were soooo mean, because they'd been horrifically abused to make them that way.
i owned a formerly-abused dog when i was a kid. she was the most skittish thing you ever saw - scared of ridiculous stuff, and we could only assume that she'd been abused, because there was no "training" it out of her.
my post was in no way pointed at wspa members. i think its the state of mind i'm after. for years i've heard my father say stuff like "forgot the whales, save the babies". it frustrates me that as a general rule (not a steadfast rule) people who are liberal in their politics tend toward both animal rights and women's rights (legal abortions).
when i repeated this to matt last night, he said, "Yeah, but Susie, to be honestly 99% of the world would have aborted Joshua." it's true - according to the hospital's statistics, but it still sucks.
because what i said was "a chimpanzee's life is worth more than my son's". and by that i mean - someone within wspa will fight for a chimp's life, but would (most likely) not be one to fight against legal abortions.
i've said it inadvertently before - but i believe ALL abortions are wrong. and i know there are scenarios that are harder to walk through ethically than others - like the broken bone genetic disease and tubal pregnancies - but I still hate abortion.
so when i see people fighting for the rights of a beaten dog in nepal - my thoughts go to the babies who are aborted in nepal - to the children sold into slavery by desperate parents who heard "we'll give your daughter a job" - to the little boys beaten by their fathers to make them into "men".
its a matter of perspective. but what i'm not saying is people who want animals rights or the protection of animals are evil, or haven't got their priorities straight, or shouldn't do what they're doing. i'm just saying that it doesn't seem 'fair'. when there's people being hurt/abused/trafficked that attention goes to animals. shouldn't it go to the children.
the ad i'm talking about has the commentator saying we don't think its even right to show you these pictures. but you never see ads about human trafficking...