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I realizes everyone here is against animal cruelty but I wonder if it effects you the same way it does me. If so, do you have any suggestions on how to deal with it?
I'm an average, level headed person but when it comes to animal cruelty I lose my mind and can't seem to control the intense sadness that always follows. Just the thought of an animal hurting ruins my day and I swear if I were to ever visit a slaughter house I'd be locked up in a padded room for the rest of my life.
I feel so helpless and ineffective because I'm not helping the animals - I can't even bear the images on animal activist websites long enough to donate money! Everytime I pass a cattle truck it does me in because all I can think about is how frightened they must be and where they are headed.
HELP! I know this isn't healthy and I truly wish I weren't so highly sensitive. Can anyone else relate?
Thanks and God Bless to all~
Yeah i searched this in google to see if other people were like me, when i read things on abuse, i get so angry, i can't function. I've spend hours on youtube posting offensive comments to sick people who upload videos promoting animal cruelty. Even a comment under the videos sets me off. I care way more about it that i should.
I'm a vegetarian and just the thought of a slaughter house is enough to send shivers through me. A story on animal cruelty is enough to ruin my day and a nights sleep.
The thing that bothers me most is people who actually kill animals for "fun". Just because they can do it. For example a story came out a week or two ago that people broke into somebody's home.. didn't steal anything but they killed their kitten through means of a microwave. A microwave. I can't even type that without an overwhelming sadness. This is where i get crazy... if i was let into a room with those people, i would be locked up in a padded room for the rest of my life, either that or jail.
The fact that these people exist makes me scared. That i walk around doing my own thing as these sick minded people pass me by, it makes me doubt humanity completely. Basically if somebody is not an animal adorer and against animal cruelty... they are not worth my time.
I want to get involved, really involved, if i don't i feel like it's a waste of passion (and crazy) but i don't really know how. I write letters and stuff when www.peta2.com has campaigns, but that's it so far. I'm also scared that it i do get involved, i'll get too involved and it'll affect me too much.
Thank you though, It's nice knowing that other people are like minded.
Thanks for taking the time to respond, I was beginning to think I was the only one who felt this way! I truly wish it didn't affect us this way but I guess we just do the best we can and help as many animals as possible.
Take good care of yourself and thanks again.
me too, but maybe we can make a difference, and if we can it's worth it. You too! :)
As someone who also is highly sensitive to animal cruelty there are still several things you can still do to help. One thing I would like to point out is that when you think of the enormity of the problem you can often feel helpless. It is not really productive to think of everything that is going on even though it may difficult to avoid. I try to focus on a few areas that I feel strongly about and do what I can to help. You can donate money, volunteer your time, or evening spread the word about a certain issue you feel strongly about. Balancing your priorities and not taking on too much can hopefully help you become more involved instead of feeling so helpless. Caring too much is not a bad thing. If more people were like you than there would be less cruelty.
That's exactly how I am. The plight of animals consumes me and the emotions are intense, to say the least. I even have problems maintaining friendships with people that aren't interested in animals or cruelty-free living. It is always a struggle, but one thing that can help a bit is reading the stories about good things that have happened for animals. We hear so many awful stories that it can really touch your heart to learn about the wonderful things that some people have done on their behalf. I try to keep myself strong so that I can be the most effective for them. Animals in this world truly need all the help they can get. They don't need us to cry for them, they need us to do something. The passion you have can be emotionally devastating, I know, but it can also do so much good. In a world of apathy and indifference, it's very refreshing. Having seen so much of the darkness and cruelty of human nature, people like you who still have a heart give me a little bit of hope.
I see I'm a bit late in this thread, but yes! I can soooo relate! I live in country side Denmark AKA pig country and everyday when I'm walking my dog I pass pigfarms and I can hear the pigs scream on the inside - it completely kills me. - And the way that pig are kept is just one out of literally thousands of horrors that I've seen or heard of.
It's almost as if the pain, fear and anger builds up and I just can't deal with it anymore. It's like every day there's a new horrible truth about cruelty to animals and it doesn't help me a bit that most people just don't seem to care - frankly it makes me hate them. No, no not dislike or disapprove of their oppinions I do indeed mean HATE them. I too am normally a level headed person that believes informed discussion is the way to go, I just don't see that we have the time for converting complete ignorants when the animals are being tortured. What to do? Ignorants - can't live with them, can't kill them (although it's often hard to see why not). Anyway, I do agree with Stephanie - passion is good, although it can be hell for those who have it. I donate at lot of money (and I don't really have that much), my dog and my cat are both rescues, I'm a vegan, and I do what I can to inform people - but struggle or involvement can often seem in vain.
Can I just ask you one thing, please? Do you feel that there is an actual vegan or vegetarian movement in your country? I ask because I'm completely convinced that a change in the way people perceive veganism and vegetarianism in term of animal rights and/or the environment and their own health has to come from across the Atlactic, from America as did e.g. the awareness of the dangers of smoking. If America goes ahead, Europe follows. It may be so that asia is taking over the leadership of the worlds economy slowly but surely, but the cultural impact is still much more powerful when coming from America. - So just hoping.
I was googling "losing my mind because of animal abuse" and this popped up. and that is exactly how i feel. i am so angry because that is how everyone should feel yet i am the crazy one that gets the weird looks when i say i am vegan and that i use cruelty free products, wash my floors with vinegar etc. i am feeling so overwhelmed by sadness. i am afraid that we are going nowhere, children are still dying in Africa after all these years so I doubt animals have a fighting chance. as time goes by i detest human beings more and more, i feel no compassion for them. I live in Greece and things are quite primitive here. At times I want to move somewhere secluded so I can hide from all the ugliness that is the human race.
I'm so grateful to find this being shared. I have been feeling just the same over every single animal cruelty matter that I hear and read about. Today I discovered yet another particularly horrific article on a facebook page and its broken my heart. All I can think on is the deep terror and suffering this poor animal has had to endure at the hands of such a cruel minded human creature. What can we do - how do we cope with the heartbreak and longing to save them - to go to their rescue? Why is it so seemingly impossible for the powers that be that exist to make the changes that should count - to pass new laws, legislations etc so that the protection agencies and other organisations have the rights and power to immediately save/rescue these precious beings? Why aren't we seeing these changes being made - globally? I share the deep hurting and horror that others are experiencing here over it all - daily. There are so many people battling for the human plight and need but we also have to rise up and be heard for the animals/creatures all over this globe who are desperate for our voice and powerful compassion. We must be their voice. For all the humans who for whatever reason are incapable of sense, logic, compassion, empathy, decency, tenderness and care towards animals, those of us who are driven by Love and respect for them MUST keep campaigning, trying to be heard, sharing our call for change, making changes in any/every way we can - no matter how or where and also keep praying that at some stage those cruel people will be haunted/plagued by the way they treat other creatures - that somewhere along the line of their lives, it will hit them like a truck and not let go.
Animal cruelty is the ugliest form of cruelty, because these animals cannot speak for themselves, yet they love--so completely. The way I get through it---truly is with prayer - prayer that God will imbue the abuser with a sense of "awareness" to perhaps stop before that hand comes down---and realize the pain and suffering they are causing. For those who are repeat offenders - again, I find an inner peace KNOWING they WILL pay for their cruelty---- THEN--- after I've prayed, I make a donation to a shelter in that animal's name. There are sooo many cases of cruelty---which engulf me with such heartache--- the way I find peace is to talk about kindness, and about how giving and beautiful animals are---and all they want in return is love and food. They don't judge, they don't betray and they do so much for us --- here's that beautiful link for that amazing commercial that you've probably seen: