Is anyone else as offended by all the photos of hunters with their kill, or otherwise abused animal photo sharing on Facebook? It seems to be reaching epic levels in my newsfeed lately, and I will start “un-friending” people if it persists. Why? Because the vast majority of these posts really only amount to a very lazy form of protest that perpetuates the offending abuse, while desensitizing us to the violence and injustice.

Jewels with Daisy

With Daisy

YES! I am an animal lover, and I am aware that abuse happens. From the unconditional love of my dog, Daisy to the reverence and lessons learned from observing wildlife in the African bush, I have a deep heartfelt respect and love for animals. I am also well aware of hunting for sport. NO! I do not condone animal cruelty in any form, but I also do not want it shoved in my face ad nauseam.

On safari with Tatjana in 2004

“Observing the behavior of the wildlife brought it all back to basics, and helped me understand human nature better. I could feel myself healing. I felt as if I’d come home. If you believe in evolution, I had. The bush reminded me that I needed to take risks, or life would pass me by. I felt alive again …” – Julie Anne Rhodes  2004

Accompanied by a petition soliciting my support in aid is different. However, I am much more likely to sign with a positive image accompanied by a compelling story convincing me that my signature can make a difference, than a repugnant image accompanied only by a self-righteous comment.

If you really care, get off of Facebook and join an organization like PETA or Animals Asia to make a real contribution towards eradicating animal cruelty. Just clicking “share” (disturbing photograph) may make you feel like you’re doing something, but it’s not making a difference, so please stop! I really do find being subjected to the depravity depicted in these photos multiple times per day as offensive as someone else may feel about porn.

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