Monday, May 4, 2009
Animal Rescue Sanctuary
Last week, Little Brother and I visited an animal rescue sanctuary. I had assumed that we would be meeting injured animals that were unable to return to life in the wild. Instead, we found a collection of pampered farm animals that had formerly been mistreated or abandoned. I'll admit, it had never occurred to me that a farm animal might need to be rescued. But some of their stories -- animals that had been starved, neglected, spray-painted (!), or even poked with electric prods in the hope that they would die -- have changed my mind. I've realized that, without really ever considering it, I've been valuing wildlife over domesticated animals. It reminded me of the importance of knowing your biases.