Thursday, December 8, 2011

Voices for the Voiceless

In the past week I have seen two videos posted that make me incredibly sad and incredibly angry at the same time.

I decided not to post them.

One is of a dog being skinned alive for her fur.

The other is of a sheep being beaten to death with a baseball bat by US service members in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Both are hugely disturbing and yet acceptable in our culture.

I know the gang mentality and still am heartbroken that not one of those service members either left or tried to get the others to stop. Gang violence pure and simple. It is thoroughly disgusting.

The dog and the sheep never had a chance. In fact, the dog is wagging her tail just before being tied to a pole to be skinned alive. The sheep has no clue as to what is happening and simply tries to get away. I can only imagine the fear and pain experienced by both of these beautiful creatures.

We must be voices for the voiceless.

Not only is this violence and torture abhorrent, just think of what type of human beings these people are.

The dog was skinned alive to provide fur trim. There is no information as to why she was skinned alive. Speaking out against fur trim is an easy action.

Being a voice for the sheep is a tougher action. One could complain to the White House and I believe with the You Tube video going viral there is a petition.

Being a voice for the voiceless is part of who Mike and I are. I believe it's part of who you are if you're a reader of our blog. It's something people like us just have to do. We have to speak out, on every level. This post is specifically about one dog and one sheep, but there are many things we can speak out against. We simply have to.

Thanks for reading. I know this was a tough one but I just had to write about it.


  1. Yikes. Hadn't seen either of those videos.

  2. oh man. thanks for having the courage to report because so many don't know what is going on.

  3. Which is why it so heartbreaking to me when someone makes fun of someone's not eating animals/refusing leather/etc but then refuses to look at such videos, saying "I don't want to know about it." I feel like everyone should be forced to watch if the choices they make support that violence.

  4. Just reading about those videos made my eyes tear up and my stomach clench. You're absolutely right- we need to be their voice.

  5. Those who wish to take action on the sheep incident can see the video at You can call the White House and demand justice for this at (202) 456-1111 and (202) 456-1414 You can also post your thoughts on the subject to the Central Command's Facebook page (they are the ones in charge of the soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq) at I have been in a rage about it since I saw it. I am also angry about the dog abuse as well.

  6. Oops, the address for the Central Command's page is one letter got omitted. I urge everyone to let the military know what you think of this. You are the voice of the innocent and defenseless animals. Thank you so much Mike and Dan for your love, kindness, compassion, and bravery to stand up against evil. I love you guys!!!

  7. Hi, I really like your blog. However, would it be possible for you to post a warning before displaying or talking about graphic cruelty to animals? I understand you are trying to raise awareness and I respect that. I ask only for a warning for those of us who are more sensitive to this. Thank you.

  8. Hi C. Thanks so much for your comment. I really tried to warn folks, every time on Facebook or Twitter I warned folks. Next time I will put it in the body of the post. Thanks for reading! Dan

  9. Thanks Dan, I really really appreciate it. :)