Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Abandoned Pets Dropped on the Farm - A Rant

Abandoning pets out in the countryside.....old story. Been going on for ages. When I lived on the Eastcoast, I thought, "How sad. How wrong. What a pity." Now that I live up a dead end road amid other small farms, I am now to recipient of those abandoned pets. I'm no longer sad, I'm MAD!

People who abandon animals on distant farms should be dropped off by helicopter to a remote area atop Mauna Loa and abandoned there with no food, no water, no shelter. If they die, so be it. Tough. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, sort of thing. That just makes them equal with the poor animal they abandoned. But it doesn't make up for the livestock often mutilated and killed by those abandoned animals. 

I've seen plenty of dropped off pets. So many of them are scared to death and die a slow death from starvation that can take weeks, months. Others are far too spooky to be helped but cause havoc by harassing livestock and farm pets. Yet others instantly start attacking other animals and even go after people who try to intervene. I've seen it all. Makes me really angry at the owners. 

I feel sorry for those animals and try to help the ones that I can. But the vast majority are too frightened to be helped. Those that do not slowly starve to death usually end up getting trapped. Once trapped they often freak out, so cage and all is dropped into a tank of water. The animal drowns, scared to death. If not trapped, the next most common fate is getting shot. The lucky ones die quickly. 

Make you mad yet? 

I haven't even touched on the destruction and havoc. Both abandoned cats and dogs are guilty of livestock damage. Mutilated chicks, chickens, ducks, guinea pigs, rabbits, sheep, goats, cattle, and even horses. Killed or torn up landowners' pet cats, dogs, and even parrots. My own farm has seen the loss of chickens, ducks, sheep, and two horses. And forget about compensation. Zero. Zip. Nada.

Abandoning animals is bad news. It is despicable. It's better to just have someone kill the animal with a clean gunshot to the head than to let it loose at some remote location. You're a cowardly lowlife if you abandon a pet.

No, it's NOT going to have a chance to live. No, it's not going to run free and live a natural existence. No, it's not going to be happy nor is it going to be adopted by a farming family. All those fantasies are in the owner's head. The reality of it is that the pet will be confused, scared, hungry, thirsty, and uncomfortable. And 99% will end up dead, often a terrible death.


  1. You posted a question on Vegan Permies and this is the only way I can respond as Paul has banned me from the site. Why you say? In his words he said he was uncomfortable with anyone talking about God and farming in the same breath.
    There is a long answer to your question - but I will give you a short answer and if you want more elaboration I can do that too. It depends on what a person's goals are as to whether manure from a companion type animal should be used in vegan farming. It has to do with vibration frequency. Animals naturally have a lower vibration than a person who is pursuing the anchoring of higher consciousness through the plant kingdom, on their farm/garden. Horse would be higher than chicken. Horses on the whole, when not in a herd situation, especially mares, tend to be loving and peaceful. Chickens on the other hand - are mostly quarrelsome by nature and will be nasty and unkind to those within its flock they consider not equal. Chickens will peck another chicken to death - this is a general type analogy of how this works. So some vegans may consider it alright to use manure, some, for spiritual reasons, won't.
    You are what you eat means that you will ingest the vibration frequency of that which you eat, and it will reflect in your personality. The vibration that is caused by fear when the animal dies by un-natural means and then you eat it - is ingested into your vibration. So if a person uses a manure that has chicken feathers in it, that vibration will be ingested by the plant then by you.
    So, very general here, but will give you an idea how it works. I do not make judgements on those who are not vegan - it is their karma, and their business.
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog. I am 65, a single woman farmer - I was once a permaculturist but have expanded beyond that and now have a Fukuoka farm - and have expanded on his ideas.
    Nice to meet you.

    1. Thanks for the explanation, Davilyn. I didn't realize that some vegans consider their veganism to be a religion.

  2. I agree with your rant. I'd like to see the people dropped off at the end of a long long long road with no way back, no food, no water. I wonder how we can make this happen?