The Brutality of Humanity


Need a punch of cuteness? Well here’s a black bear cub fresh from the den. BAM! You’re welcome.

Last week I visited The Wild Animal Sanctuary which is out East of Denver. The thing about this place is, it brings you closer to animals not in a physical way (the photo above was taken with my camera lens at 300mm), but in a spiritual and big-picture kind of way. And it takes you further away from your fellow humans. When you read and hear the back stories that go with these animals, you are absolutely appalled. Because each of them came from awful situations that were caused by humans. It makes you shake your head. It makes you angry. It makes you ashamed.

And when you hear that there are more tigers in captivity (some zoos, mostly private ownership) than there are living in the wild . . . it makes you want to cry.

I won’t get on my soapbox too much, but my message today is: please support local wild animal sanctuaries. They have rescued animals from deplorable conditions, and you can know you are contributing to correcting a wrongdoing by our species.

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  1. Angela May 14, 2014 Reply

    Agreed on supporting animal sanctuaries! The pictures made me happy. I watch way to many animal documentaries but one that I still think of a lot is Black Fish (it was on CNN… If you haven’t seen it it will 100% make you think twice about even attending the killer whale show at Sea World). All the same bottom line animals need space and respect and they aren’t here for human entertainment in a show or zoo or even in a pet store to be domesticated in a tight, confined cage. Ryan always comments how I can watch a movies and any ill treatment or death of an animal I gasp or even cry but don’t always have the same reaction for humans. Weird.

    • tigersjungle May 14, 2014 Reply

      I tend to be the same way when I see mistreatment of animals. I think it’s because they are so sometimes helpless and dependent on us (in some cases) that it makes it heartbreaking when they have no choice but to be in that situation.
      I saw BlackFish – twice. Changed my life. Seriously. I spread the word now and encourage people to see it too.
      Thanks for chiming in Ange!

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