I’ve been watching The Dog Rescuers on both Amazon (season 5) and TUBI (seasons 2, 3, & 4).
It’s about the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and their daily efforts in the UK.
I did a lot of research on the RSPCA a few years ago, because one of my characters was involved in an animal abuse situation. That part of the book was left on the cutting room floor, unfortunately. Regardless, I was impressed by their work and the fact that they’re the oldest welfare organization.
The Dog Rescuers shows the wonderful side of people and the awful side, too. I couldn’t help but wonder how many more incidents of cruelty happen in the US on a daily basis. Not because we’re worse, but because we’re a bigger country.
I don’t understand starving an animal. Nor can I grasp living with that same animal you’re starving. That’s just another level of sick.
Yet, for every act of needless violence against an animal, or deliberate unkindness, there are many more people who devote their lives to the betterment of animals, from the person who donates five dollars to the people who foster countless strays.
I’m left, not with a feeling of sadness, but of encouragement and hope. I wish we had something comparable to the Animal Welfare Act here in the US. Plus, I wish that the RSPCA had more authority than they do. However, the police seem to act as a supportive partner in rescuing those poor animals that desperately need it.
Something was recently passed here called PACT – Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act. It prohibits intentional acts of crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, impaling or otherwise subjecting animals to serious bodily harm. Evidently, it’s now a federal felony, punishable by up to seven years in prison. Dear God in Heaven, I’d never heard of crush videos before and the idea that they’re being made – and watched – stuns me.
Thinking about it makes me cuddle Stanley a little more, and say a prayer for those lovely people who rescued him. And, maybe, a prayer that the awful people capable of torturing animals are visited by karma.