I realize that when most of us hear the words terrorist or terrorism we think about how some humans inflict injury on other humans. Terrorism is intended to cause chaos because its targets are random and may include any one of us if we happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong moment in time.
Terrorists are bullies. They consider themselves strong and prey upon those whom they consider weak. It is the reason that children who suffer from physical or learning defects are four times more likely to experience being beaten or become the victims of sexual abuse than their “normal” counterparts.
Terrorism is the reason that the elderly and infirm are so often victimized. Terrorism is the reason that animals are abused – and in their cases, the terrorist generally gets a slap on the wrist rather than a meaningful sentence.
The following story from Yahoo news is about the abuse one dog in Texas recently suffered. It is disturbing on several levels. The first is that there is someone out there who is so inhumane not only to conceive of this treatment but to execute it. The second, in my opinion, is that this person is as likely to act in the same way toward any of his or her fellow men and women.
If we trivialize life in any form we trivialize our world and our own existence.
Apparently this story has gotten a great deal of attention and if you click on the link you might find that it is “currently unavailable.” I apologize and ask that if you want to read the details and see a very disturbing video you try at a later time.
Below is an alternate link which shows the condition of this poor dog when she was rescued: