Speak out for those who cannot

Dr. Harry Hovel, who spoke in May to a group of law enforcement officials in Essex County about investigating animal cruelty, said animal abuse can be a gateway or indicator of other problems, including cruelty to humans.

Therefore it is not just important for animal lovers to be vigilant for cases of animal abuse, but all of society, Hovel pointed out.

It wasn’t that long ago that district attorneys refused to prosecute animal abuse. Before that, cases of child and spousal abuse weren’t even considered a crime.

But community outrage has changed that thinking, and prosecutors now take a hard stand for those who often cannot stand for themselves.

Frederick Douglass once famously said: “find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.”

It was refreshing to see that people stood up against the injustice that was dealt these animals. In the end, five kittens who were 100 percent dependant on their caregiver lost their lives.

If it weren’t for people speaking out about that, their lives would have been quietly lost in vein.

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