Past pet treatment leaves feelings of...

Past pet treatment leaves feelings of guilt

There are 32 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Jun 20, 2008, titled Past pet treatment leaves feelings of guilt. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

The stories are heart wrenching, confessions from pet owners who can't shake their guilt for something terrible that they did.

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concerned citizen

Oshkosh, WI

#24 Jun 20, 2008
Ann wrote:
A lot of mean and sick people here.I hope they never own a pet.
and I hope a pet never owns me
Hmmmmm

Youngstown, OH

#25 Jun 20, 2008
im a polygamist i have 12 petz.
Voice of Reality

Strongsville, OH

#26 Jun 20, 2008
"Yes, PETA is a bit extreme. However, that doesn't mean their underlying message of proper care and respect for animals is without merit."

Is that so a bit extreme you say? Allow me to let you in on a little something. Not too long ago I showed dogs. Went to shows just about each and every weekend maybe 45 weeks of each year.

At some of the larger shows, we were warned by the kennel clubs sponsoring those shows that PETA would be attempting to filter through the grooming areas and either release dogs from their crates, or...adding anti-freeze to their water bowls. Both outcomes, of course were in the worst interests of the dogs in question.

This was in apparent protest to the method we all used (crates) to confine our dogs when they were not either being groomed or in the ring. They felt that crating a dog was inhumane treatment, and that was their solution.

I remember those shows well because I both padlocked the crates and always, always had someone nearby to keep an eye on my dog(s).

As far as I am concerned, PETA is a ridiculous organization populated with people who have a dysfunctional attitude with regards to human interaction with animals. No different in my mind than those who commit arson and burn down newly constructed houses because they disagree with a particular residential development.

They are an extreme organization, with extreme beliefs with some extreme activist individuals. The only confession I'm interested in making to them is that I'd love to be referring to them in the past tense.
Norskejente

United States

#27 Jun 20, 2008
Ahau Kin wrote:
This sort of thing would appeal to the pet funeral and cemetery crowd.
It's an animal. Nothing more. It can easily be replaced. Anthropomorphism is a quality in your mind, not in the animal.
PETA is a funny group. Animal activism: no matter how hard I try, I can't relate. It just doesn't matter to me if baby seals get clubbed. As gruesome as the images of this are, and as callous as my statement may sound, it really doesn't change my life at all if there's less seals around.
The Inuit may see it differently, however.
Go to your image search, do it now; type in 'Charlotte Ross'. PETA has a rather fetching image of her lying prone in the nude, holding a rabbit which discretely covers her breasts. "I'd rather show my buns than wear fur."
I love this pic. It's my desktop background.
Your comment, It's an animal, nothing more, it can be replaced, just goes to show you not only how ignorant and selfish you are but also that you have absolutely NO COMPASSION. I can tell you that if you and any animal was in the road and a truck was coming it wouldn't be your azz I'd be saving. You may also not be replaceable but that's a good thing, Thank GOD!
Norskejente

United States

#28 Jun 20, 2008
frank wrote:
Peta was a good idea but just like everything else. they went too far.....seems like a Peta member would step over a hurt human to help a hurt animal.
I'm not a member of Peta, but I too would save the animal. Help the human and the next thing you know is you're in court being sued cause you broke their fingernail while trying to help them. NOT!!!! Break fingernail, lose house!
RabbitWise

Washington, DC

#29 Jun 22, 2008
Many times in the course of sponsoring rescued rabbit adoption days I have had potential rabbit adopters "confess" to me about things they felt guilty about in their past treatment of rabbits. Former rabbit hunters, now with women who have companion rabbits, repeatedly pleading, "I didn't know, I didn't know." Former 4H kids suffering about the betrayal of the rabbits and other animals that they so lovingly raised and then sold into slaughter. All of them were asking absolution from me---not a priest but a rabbit rescuer. All of them trying atone for the sins of their pasts by trying now to do the right thing for another living lapin being. We clearly need to change how we do things in this society.
Norskejente

United States

#30 Jun 22, 2008
RabbitWise wrote:
Many times in the course of sponsoring rescued rabbit adoption days I have had potential rabbit adopters "confess" to me about things they felt guilty about in their past treatment of rabbits. Former rabbit hunters, now with women who have companion rabbits, repeatedly pleading, "I didn't know, I didn't know." Former 4H kids suffering about the betrayal of the rabbits and other animals that they so lovingly raised and then sold into slaughter. All of them were asking absolution from me---not a priest but a rabbit rescuer. All of them trying atone for the sins of their pasts by trying now to do the right thing for another living lapin being. We clearly need to change how we do things in this society.
Thank you for being a good person and for all the work you do to help our rabbit friends. Your last comment is right on the money in more ways than one. God Bless you!
Neranjan

Madurai, India

#31 Jun 23, 2008
God Bless the PETA People!- I meant "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals"

Since: Jun 08

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#32 Jun 23, 2008
Neranjan wrote:
God Bless the PETA People!- I meant "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals"
This from a resident of a country that doesn't treat their women in a moral or ethical way. Love how you sell them into marital slavery with dowrys and arranged marriages.

Even though some people make me question my beliefs, I put human life far above an animals.

Make me laugh.

Since: Apr 08

Vermilion, OH

#33 Jun 23, 2008
I have to confess. A few years ago I had a pet fish named Tommy the Trout. I had to travel by boat to get him, and when I first got Tommy he was very aggressive and fought with me. Things got better from there, and for a while he was very cool, practically frozen. My regret is that I baked him, because I didnt know at the time how good smoked trout could be.
Tabitha

United States

#34 Jun 26, 2008
This is like confessional.

It upset me the first time I saw it..it upset me MORE when they kept harping on it. "Didn't YOU do mean things to your pet? Tell us about it!"

Why, so you can beat me up for it?

We were all young and stupid and did mean things to animals AND humans. Learn from it and move on. Or get therapy.

BTW Ann, I own a cat. I love him dearly. I found him on the banks of the Mississippi River where someone had abandoned him because he was infested with ringworm and ear mites. I had him treated, got him shots, had him neutered, and how he's the king of my household.

And you know what's scary? If a PETA member had found him first..he'd be DEAD by now. Do your research. Please.
realist

Canton, OH

#35 Jun 26, 2008
Disillusioned wrote:
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YOU GET A LIFE!!! They're not just animals-they are a living, breathing thing created by God. Unless you own an animal, you'll never understand how they become like a part of the family-LITERALLY
I love animals - especially a nice fresh piece of sizzling cow draped over my plate next to a nice baked potato. No greens - they have feelings.

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