Don’t Care About Animal Welfare? Here’s Why You Should.

Some folks are just crazy. I can’t think of another way to explain it. They cause untold suffering, while paying little or no consequences because of it. Meanwhile you, even those of you that hate every animal on earth, pay for what they do.

This is just some of the insanity in the news this past week (if nothing else, read the last two entries):

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, N.J. — More than 200 animals were found living in deplorable conditions this week on a farm where the owner faced problems that were more than he could handle, officials say. (USA Today)

Photo: Thomas P. Costello, Asbury Park (N.J.) Press
Photo: Thomas P. Costello, Asbury Park (N.J.) Press

Eleven emaciated horses, including one pregnant mare, were rescued from a property outside of Lebanon, Missouri, on Friday. (Lebanon Daily Record)


A Drakesville, Iowa, man faces 28 charges of animal and livestock neglect after authorities last week discovered 339 neglected and dead animals during a raid at his run-down home. (

Roger Alan Blew faces only 38 charges, even though over 300 animals were found neglected or dead
Roger Alan Blew faces only 38 charges, even though over 300 animals were found neglected or dead

WHITE HALL, Ark. — More than 100 dogs, 20 horses, cats, rabbits, turtles and exotic birds (183 total) have been rescued in what authorities say is the most significant puppy mill bust in county history here. (USA Today)


In Lee County, Florida, last week, animal control investigated two cases of hoarding. They removed 21 animals from a home in Cape Coral and 15 dachshunds from a home in Fort Myers. (ABC-7)


Tallassee, AL: The owner of the two dogs that mauled to death a 4-year-old child will not be charged, because the county has no law against dogs roaming free. The dogs, a shepherd mix and a lab mix, were impounded by police. (USA Today)

Yard where child was mauled to death. Photo: Marty Roney, Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser
Yard where child was mauled to death. Photo: Marty Roney, Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser

PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — One 13-year-old boy was killed, and another was injured, following an attack by a dog Saturday in Paterson, N.J. The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office said the bull mastiff escaped from its property Saturday morning, and came into contact with the two 13-year-old boys a short time afterward.


Animal welfare is not just an animal problem. It’s a human problem. And until we deal with the humans that allow these kinds of things to happen, we will continue to pay for their craziness, while they pay little or nothing. 

33 thoughts on “Don’t Care About Animal Welfare? Here’s Why You Should.

  1. So true Rumpy…people need to realise the ripple effect of these actions…I saw a woman today who had a trolley full of cat food tins..i said to her a pity our cats don’t go shopping for themselves….she replied I don’t like cats I am helping a friend out …to which I am sure she was not impressed at my well I am sure they don’t think much of you either…drove home wondering how bad must something be for a person to leave this kind of person feeding their cats…..the world is full of these people…

    1. I don’t have a problem with her. She is doing her part. I have a problem with people who say they love animals but their actions indicate the opposite is true.

  2. We are all linked, and therefore share responsibility. As we go around, let us look with our eyes open, and not walk on by. Every little bit we do, helps lift the whole. 🙂

    1. Some people feel that way. I say that until we pass laws that impact animal welfare, you and I and millions of others will pay for the actions of a few.

      1. True, society needs to back us up with laws. We still need to see though don’t we Rumpy? That will stop it at source.

  3. We’re all affected by the lives around us. We read about the story in Patterson. That dog was always outside, no matter how terrible the weather. The neighbors said kids often taunted him over the fence. He was like a bomb waiting to go off. The owner should be fully responsible for what happened. Tragic for everyone.

  4. I’m sorry the negative in the world feels like it’s crashing in, in light of these events. And a round of applause for the people who do the hard work of cleaning up after; I agree, most of those who hoard etc. seem to be mentally ill.

    The people who leave their dogs running loose seem just careless and irresponsible. While criminal charges may not follow for that one case, a civil lawsuit is almost inevitable – part of a settlement will probably include an agreement that they never own dogs again. Frustrating situation but we haven’t heard the last of it.

  5. Very nice, article. There are many people in the world who live a life full of neglect towards anything apart from themselves and then there are people like you and I who are trying our hardest to make sure animals are treated with the respect that they deserve.

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  6. Animals and humans….we live together on this world, so we should care about each other… we need humans and they need us, too!

  7. And so it goes on! People that treat animals badly will also treat humans badly. There is no respect and a great deal of shortsightedness from the authorities!

  8. Oh my goodness….
    Your abdo!utely right. Its all humans. Why and how do we let these things happen, and why don’t more people try to bring awareness to these thingd?
    How unbelievable is that, a poor young boy killed, and no charges laid?

  9. People are definitely the issue. And it is not just the people who do the abusing themselves, but the family and neighbors who say nothing, never mind the local Animal Control or local police departments. The wait until something has died .. human or animal .. to do anything.

    Puppy mills are a pock on humanity! Needs to end!

  10. Them anipal abusers all be depurrted to North up North where them will all be nommed by snakies that we has depurrted to Pole up North as well!

    Purrime Ministerettes AGAINST anipal abuse!

  11. We see it every day. There are neighbors that allow their animals to run around unsupervised. Talking to them is useless. They tell you to mind your own business. It is so sad.

  12. Humans are not humane quite often…especially when it comes to the treatment of others and animals who are less able to care for themselves. It is just how we have chosen to care for our cats, but we believe cats don’t belong outside unsupervised for so many reasons and dogs should never be off leash for again so many reasons. Many do not agree with us; just look at the dog parks or dogs running free in National park on hiking trails…chasing all the wild birds, chipmunks etc. The above is all my personal opinion and I know many do not agree…and that’s ok…but we are accountable

  13. Rumpy, I’ll have you know that I am attempting to switch my full-time job to do PR for an animal welfare group working to make our area no-kill! Fingers crossed that I get it. Without a doubt, we’ll be volunteering with them no matter what. There really is so much to do. Much love, The Scottie Mom.

    1. Actually, I don’t support no-kill. I think if you do your homework, you’ll find it’s been less than successful in cities that have gone that route. In my mind, it’s regulated hoarding, and no dog or cat should have to live out its life in a cage because a few humans fear death.

      1. There’s no regulated hoarding in this scenario. Alas, you are entitled to your opinion as I am mine. 🙂 Keep up the good work, guys! Much love, The Scottie Mom.

  14. It seems the laws are all over the place…esp. from state to state. We get that here in Canada from province to province. Roaming neglected animals can be a threat. They are not **BAD** as such; they are hungry, worn out, hurt in one way or another. I have seen good 4 leggeds that revert back to feral state & then become vicious…if they had been loved & cared for in the first place & not turned out then these unneccesary attacks & deaths would not happen.
    As for hoarders it must be a mental illness. I just can not imagine having so many animals I could not care for them…
    The answer? Being vigilant & reportin to Authoriites as many times as needed to get something done for the animals…they are the #1 priority!
    Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue xoxo

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