I love seeing bare ground so early in the season. Is this just a sneak preview of spring? Or is it the shape of things to come for this month? Who knows? Not ever the weatherman … or woman …. can say for sure which way the wind will blow for the whole month of March. To be perfectly honest, noone is even sure yet what is waiting in the wings for this weekend, eh?
Why is our weather so hard to predict? Is is that Nova Scotia is surrounded by water? Has climate change made traditional patterns less predictable? Who knows about that either, eh?
There is one thing that we do know for sure. There will always be a big fat shit storm whenever the animal loving community opens up a dialogue about any animal advocacy issue.
Lets face it ….. social media of all stripes can be a double edged sword for any sort of advocacy. Why would I say that? Is it not a Very Good Thing that people can connect in such a personal way? Ummm …. sometimes.
But here is the thing that any seasoned rescuer already knows …. we really do live in a global village. What dos that mean in realspeak? Simply that the number of followers of Facebook does not validate and legitimize a group. Nor do these numbers always correlate to actual physical and financial support.
At the end of the day, there is simply no substitute for real life, hands on experience with animal rescue. While social media supporters may mean well, the animals need a better road instead of one paved with good intentions.
After all, there is a reason that experienced rescuers have been calling for some sort of regulations with respect to rescue organizations. While social media has been very helpful, there is no way for an adoption “rookie” to safely navigate the waters when all they want is a nice pet.
Does that mean that supporters have no value in animal advocacy? Of course not? Without their signatures on petitiions, politicians would never listen to advocates. Nor would any politician pay attention if there were no letters or phone calls or emails.
But I am wandering afield as I am often wont to do in my meandering way . The point I want to make today is that we all know that regulating animal rescues is an important and worthwhile subject for debate.
People who have never adopted before have no way of knowing what to look for in a rescue. It would be easy for them to assume that thousand of followers would be a good thing. How would they be expected to know that anyone with basic google research skills can quickly learn to talk a good game?
In other words, it is important to protect both adopters and adoptables. Equally important is the need to protect the reputations of the reputable rescues that work so hard every day of the year. Regulations would at least reduce the odds of them being tarred with the same brush as those well meaning starry eyed sorts who woke up one morning and decided they wanted to save animals.
At the risk of sounding like a stuck record, it is my firm belief that there should be regulations within the animal cruelty act governing the importing of rescue dogs. Honestly, we can’t blame the animal advocates in the south for trying to save lives. If someone is willing to take dogs off death’s row, they are not going to worry about the impact on homeless dogs in our area.
And before the keyboards catch on fire .. yes I think cats are just and important … but we all know that after that first load came up from California, cat advocates around the province were vocal enough that it never happened again.
So should we ban the import of rescue dogs? Of course not! Where would the greyhound people … who have so strongly supported rescue .. be if we did that? But it would be helpful if imported rescue dogs were required to get the same bill of health that all nova scotia rescues have to provide now
What time is it? It is always time to remember that most animal cruelty laws do double duty by protecting the people who love them.
If you want to make enemies, try to change something. Woodrow Wilson