Friday, April 8, 2011
The HSUS, is very generous when it comes to sending me free gifts. I always get car magnets, t-shirts, blankets, gloves, even a tote bag with their logo. They don’t just give away the free gift. They know that when you wear the gift, someone will notice and say “Hey, why don’t I donate today”, so sending out that free gift actually furthers their cause.
Besides free gifts, they also sent me success stories about animals whose lives were improved by the interference of animal welfare organizations. One of the most memorable stories they sent to me was about a dog named Romeo.
A few years ago, a Kentucky man beat and tortured his 8-month-old Labrador retriever puppy, causing severe injury to the animal. While this abuse was taking place, concerned neighbors filmed the incident and took the tape to the police. However, because animal abuse wasn’t a crime in Kentucky, the man was never arrested. Disappointed by the legal system, the neighbors sent the tape to the Humane Society, who interfered. In 2008, a law was passed in Kentucky, stating that abuse and torture, of a dog or cat, resulting in injury, is a felony punishable by prison time and a fine.
When I read that story, I had tears in my eyes. Not just for Romeo and the pain he suffered, but also for the legal system turning in favor of a four legged life. It made me proud to donate money to such a worthy cause. Romeo’s story changed the lives of so many animals, it’s no surprise the Governor of Kentucky let the dog put his paw signature on the bill.
So today, as I leave you with the link to HSUS’s site and Romeo’s story, I want to ask, what causes do you fight for?
The HSUS Romeo's Law Rress Release
Pictures of Romeo