“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
These words are attributed to Mahatma Gandhi and ring true to the dilemma we are facing in Bradley County now.
I was so encouraged and thankful to those who were working to make our city a No Kill City. I thought progress was being made and finally our leaders were beginning to consider the plight of all the helpless animals who were losing their lives each day through no fault of their own.
However, now all of that effort seems to have been placed in jeopardy by our county mayor and some of the commissioners who think that caring for abused and neglected animals is an optional service that can be eliminated.
Our county is described on the website as a county “characterized by progress.” If this is true, then how can we vote to digress back to the time when people had no alternative but to call the sheriff and let him send someone out to shoot the stray animal that was causing problems.
As a county resident, I have had to call the animal shelter many times to report a neglected or abused animal. The people from the animal shelter always came and helped to get relief for the animal. If we don’t have this service, what is going to happen to those animals who are dumped in neighborhoods to wander around until they starve or succumb to a tortuous death?
The Bradley County mission statement says that Bradley County is committed to providing a safe, clean and progressive community for its citizens. Are these empty words or are we really committed to making our county safe for all of its citizens? We must have compassion for all living things. After all, God created them too.
I urge our Commission members to put politics aside and work together to bring about a solution to this problem that will allow our community to continue the progress that has been made and show our compassion for all of God’s creatures.
These innocent animals can’t vote, and they have no voice except the mournful sounds made during their suffering. They, and we as taxpayers and citizens of Bradley County, desperately need the animal shelter and the services that it provides.
Please contact your Commission members and ask them to do the right thing and work out a solution that will let us continue on the road to progress and thus show that we care about all of our citizens.
“Until he extends the circle of compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” - Albert Schweitzer
Animal pick-up in the county is not a service that can be eliminated to save money. The impact of this decision is going to be much more expensive in the long run and bring about more suffering for the taxpayers as well as the innocent animals.
— Betty M. Kimsey