Webster’s Dictionary provides the following Definitions excerpted below: http://www.merriam-webster.com/
LOGIC: : a particular mode of reasoning viewed as valid or faulty,
INTELLIGENCE:: the ability to learn or understand …also the skilled use of reason
REASON: : the power of comprehending, inferring, or thinking especially in orderly rational ways, : intelligence: proper exercise of the mind : the sum of the intellectual powers
KNOWLEDGE:: the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association, the range of one’s information or understanding,: the circumstance or condition of apprehending truth or fact through reasoning
CONSCIENCE: the sense or consciousness of the moral goodness or blameworthiness of one’s own conduct, intentions, or character together with a feeling of obligation to do right or be good
IRRESPONSIBLE: not responsible,: not answerable to higher authority : said or done with no sense of responsibility, lacking a sense of responsibility
INDIFFERENCE: the quality, state, or fact of being indifferent : lack of difference or distinction between two or more things : absence of compulsion to or toward one thing or another
DISREGARD: to pay no attention to : treat as unworthy of regard or notice
NEGLECT: to give little attention or respect to : disregard: to leave undone or unattended to especially through carelessness
neglect: implies giving insufficient attention to something that merits one’s attention disregard suggests voluntary inattention,ignore: implies a failure to regard something obvious,overlook: suggests disregarding or ignoring through haste or lack of care,slight: implies contemptuous or disdainful disregarding or omitting,forget: may suggest either a willful ignoring or a failure to impress something on one’s mind,mean to pass over without giving due attention.
Now if one reads through the above definitions: Here is food for thought:
Is it not logical that if you allow your pet to run at large at anytime, unaccompanied and unsupervised that eventually this animal is going to get hit by a car or other type of vehicle? Possibly get lost or stolen or worse. Is this not logically a lack of good judgement? If one exercises their own intelligence one should be able to figure that out quite easily.
In using the reasoning process, one’s own intelligence,common sense and logic, it makes far more sense to either tether the animal outside while at home, walk with a leash or have a fenced yard.
Is it not common knowledge that in some Northern communities dogs are shot on sight if running loose. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that those who allow their animals this so-called freedom are thereby practicing the negative arts of indifference, disregard and lack of good conscience showing that they have no regard or respect for the animals life. Are these owners not also exhibiting a total disrespect to their neighbors and community? Is it not logical and of good conscience to spay/neuter the animal so there is no need to reduce populations by gunshot?
Is it not logical and in good conscience to ensure that your animal is fed properly to meet nutritional needs, is supplied with fresh supplies of drinking water, is properly sheltered, allowed to socialize, receives exercise and medical care if necessary? Would this not be using common sense, compassion and good judgement/conscience, providing these necessitities of life?
Is it not logical to exercise a conscience effort to be a responsible animal owner who does not practice indifference, disregard and neglect thereby ensuring that the animal remains safe, healthy, happy and a valued member of the family?
Is it not logical and in good conscience to exercise compassion and common sense, to aid an animal when one is seen in distress, suffering malnutrition, dehydration, extreme cold/heat, neglect, abuse, and indifference?
The question therefore arises as to why so many animals in the North are allowed to run loose, why they are allowed to roam the streets being hit by vehicles, why they are allowed to run uncontrolled and end up being shot in an effort to control the numbers? Why are they chained, starving, freezing to death, abandoned, neglected and failing to receive the help that they desperately need?
All one need do is look at the owners who practice irresponsibility, lack of conscience, total disregard, neglect and indifference. The total lack of common sense, a disrespect for their neighbors and communities, and worst of all the indifference to life…the life of the animal which they own.
All one need do is look at the lack of true Animal Protection Laws in the North and the failure to enforce what laws actually do exist: The Federal Criminal Code of Canada, Section 446, what Municipal By-laws that are in place and yes even the current archaic Dog Act. Blind eyes of indifference are everywhere…..are your eyes blind?
Now unless a person mistakenly draws the conclusion that all Northerners suffer from Brain Freeze and cannot therefore think rationally, exercise good conscience, judgment, responsibility, compassion and common sense then one cannot come up with an acceptable excuse as to why animal cruelty is perpetuated in the North without serious consequences.
Responsible caring pet owners across Canada’s North, across Canada period, and from around the world (as evidenced by the comments accompanying petition signatures) want to see positive change and they want to see it happen now. The bubble of indifference needs to be shattered. It is time Canada’s Northern eyes opened, it is time Canada’s North joined the 21st century and began keeping up to the Standards on Animal Welfare that are in place throughout the rest of Canada.
Would this not be a logical step in the right direction considering that the North wants to advance in development, continue and increases it’s tourism trade and entice new workers. Alot of new families and visitors coming North do have pets.
Animal Protection Legislation in the North is the Logical and the Right thing, the Responsible and the Compassionate thing, the essence of Good Conscience and Judgement.