You know, I went a couple of days without really going online at all. Sunday I checked my e-mail and posted on a goofy Off-topic Day thread, but other than that it's really been since Friday since I've really been online.
I think I'm going to make a habit of that. Today I am thoroughly depressed at all the horrible, cruel videos that were waiting for me.
What is there to do? Theres absolutely no worse feeling than sitting comfortably at the computer watching a horse worlds away be tortured. Putting aside the option of ignoring it.. what can I do, and what can we do to stop this?
Are there animal cruelty laws in Romania? Can I submit it as a story to news channels? I am so sick of sitting around doing nothing.
The guys sick laugh makes me puke, incredibly sad that someone can laugh at his poor animal's misfortune. But my, they're sophisticated enough to post a video clip on youtube.
Btw the title means "going to the sheep with the fainting horse." They have another pathetic clip of the same horse and bad sled full of hay, presumably hay to feed the sheep. If they thought the horse was fainting (a medical problem) it makes beating the horse even more pointless than if they (wrongly) might have attributed the horse laying down as stubborn. Just sick.
There are new animal protection laws and some local newsreports of gross animal cruelty also made it to youtube. Nothing excuses such cruelty, but let it be said that the people of Romania have long suffered themselves, communism ruined the country and before communism it wasn't all that great either. In the decades since the wall & Soviet Union fell, progress has been made, but painfully slow it seems.
I didn't watch the video but my sister spend half a year in Romania working in an orphanage. There are no anti cruelty laws, horses are working livestock and nothing more. What can you expect from a country that treats it's orphans like garbage?
Have only watched the first minutes, but at least, the Appleby horses look well fed.
When I see such cruelty, I'm always reminded how easily we are spoiled and forget our own (cruel) past here in the US and sometimes, Western Europe.
No, cultures are not equally valuable, some aspects are horrible -- as was our own culture not so long ago. But saying out-loud that some cultures need to evolve into something kinder, more respectful of human rights and animal welfare ... well that's considered non-PC by some who have never experienced nor read or learned about the cruelty of some of our human heritage.