"Are those people irrational in your view? Cruel hearted folks? How do you explain the widespread approval of WIN by those people who have ACTUALLY BEEN THERE and experiencedit?"I can explain it. Before I really became involved with, studied the facts, etc. I attended those kind of places. I have always loved being around animals but didn't have the right circumstances to have them. I was very naive and simply didn't see the harm. There are those people in society who still see animals as 'property'..having no deep affection for them. It wasn't until I saw a severely abused blind and partially deaf coon hound chained to a collapsed house on a WHAS hoarder investigation, that I felt challenged to get out of my comfy home and do something!! I took in that 30 lb near dead hound and because of him my life changed forever. He passed last Spring but not until he had 4 yrs of love, nourishment and learned not to be in fear of humans. He was 62 healthy lbs. and had changed many humans lives and their opinion of rescuing animals from their horrible situations. People generally don't mean to support this kind of thing they just don't know. Or don't care and can turn their heads for an afternoon of their own pleasure. Aren't we better stewards of nature than that?
And I,too, have rescued over 35 cats at our property on Hamburg Pike, plus having 14 house cats, 7 potbellied pigs and 5 dogs, when my husband was alive, spending hundreds of dollars annually to feed the strays dropped off at Ogle that wandered around our 28 wooded acres; feeding a family of raccoons; rescued pot bellied pigs, even the the city asked for help with rescuing 2;transported some to Sanctuary; I have Ibeen transporting dogs and pigs to various places for years using my own car and gas with no compensation; I have found dogs on the street taken them home and worried over them and cared for them til either their owners were found or I could place them or I kept them; donated to Koko, the gorilla, for decades...the Humane Society, SIAR and numerous other rescues; picked an emaciated Foxhound up off the side of the road had her treated for heartworms..tick infestation...spayed..a years worth of chemo for T-Cell Lymphoma and then sadly lost her last year; adopted a dog from the Humane Society, another from a High kill shelter in Kentucky;a three legged stray; a stray and her mate who then had a litter of pups that I raised and found homes for but kept one til he passed at 16, last month; a 3 legged Running Walker Coonhound no one wanted; my father's rescued dog when he passed away; a Labrador, homeless because his owner died and he stayed by the body til they found them; cats with aids...diabetes. ..kidney problems; dogs with knee problems, cancer, diabetes...all this over a span of 40 years.
I still have cats, dogs and birds...they are my heart and my life.
I even allowed a cat rescue free space on my commercial property so she could operate her organization there without worrying about that expense. There are many more instances I have not listed but I have spent tens of thousands of dollars on homeless, abused animals and don't regret one single penny, in fact I would do more if I could... so don't even begin to preach to me about being a 'steward of nature'!
I have met Tim and I see where he is coming from, I simply cannot condem him like everyone else is and certainly don't condone burning him at the stake as many seem prepared to do.
Edited by jiyabird, 26 January 2016 - 05:55 PM.