Letter: Untiring efforts
At the beginning of the new year, it’s good to pause and reflect on the untiring efforts of the various agencies and organizations that are working on behalf of animals in our society. These people are serving as the voice for animals that are abused and treated with abhorrent cruelty and can’t protest such treatment themselves. Members of these agencies and organizations work both covertly and openly to expose, close down and bring to justice those corporations and individuals responsible for such mistreatment.
Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” And Albert Schweitzer, “We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such suffering on them.”
The following agencies and organizations, at least the ones I’m aware of, are working tirelessly to expose such abuses and in certain instances have managed to have the culprits prosecuted:
At the national level: MFA (Mercy for Animals), ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).
At the state level: MSPCA (Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).
At the local level: WMARA (the Western Massachusetts Animal Rights Advocates), Dakin Humane Society in Springfield and Leverett.
I’ve had the good fortune to have come to know Sheryl Becker, the founder and president of WMARA, and know how much time and effort she and members of the organization have put in on animals behalf. They are some of the most dedicated people I’ve come to know.
Obviously, such recognition does not negate or ignore those agencies and organizations that are working of behalf of those humans that are suffering from the cruelty and mistreatment from fellow humans, but this doesn’t mean that we can ignore and not try to rectify the mistreatment of animals.
RICHARD H. HUTCHINSON