Ellen DeGeneres: Where Are You When Puerto Rican Mutts Need You?

Rather than using your media clout to steamroll a local dog rescue group, when you know you did not abide by the rules, why aren’t you using your clout to intervene on behalf of the animals that seem to have been cruelly exterminated in Puerto Rico, as reported by Rory Carroll in The Guardian:

An internet campaign has been launched against animal control workers in Puerto Rico who rounded up pets and allegedly threw them to their deaths from a bridge…

Contract workers hired by the municipality seized about 50 animals from three housing projects in the town of Barceloneta to enforce a no-pet policy. Owners’ pleas and children’s tears were ignored. Some 30 strays were also rounded up.

Witnesses told local TV the workers injected the animals, saying they were being sedated for the drive to the shelter. Instead, said the witnesses, the animals were dropped from a 15-metre (50ft) bridge in the nearby town of Vega Baja.”Many were already dead when they threw them, but others were alive,” a witness, Jose Manuel Rivera, told the Associated Press. “Some climbed to the highway even though they were all battered, but about 50 animals remained there, dead.”

In case you are interested, Ellen, you can use your media clout to encourage people to sign the petition here.

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4 Responses to Ellen DeGeneres: Where Are You When Puerto Rican Mutts Need You?

  1. ms. place says:

    This is the thing: I cannot abide cruelty to animals in any way. Pets completely depend on us – they are so helpless. This story sickens me.

    Ellen, like Rosie, is an egomaniac. What she demonstrated was a pathetic display of misplaced emotions.

  2. lynette says:

    madness. it’s so hard to read, i can’t imagine anyone doing that to animals. unbelievable.

  3. ms. place says:

    I have to say that this story sticks in my craw. Instead of abating, it is sticking with me, entering my dreams and affecting my mood. The actions of these people are indicative of a larger societal and global illness: The cavalier and negligent treatment of those who depend on us, be they animals, the poor, homeless, dispossessed, or handicapped.

  4. Big Fella says:

    “The cavalier and negligent treatment of those who depend on us, be they animals, the poor, homeless, dispossessed, or handicapped.”

    Out of sight, out of mind. We live in a society that has indiscriminately accepted the values of commerce, it is virtually programmed in to our psyches at home, in school, in some of our religious teachings, in business and the media. We are taught to consume, to strive for the acquisition of “stuff”. Success in life is equated with acquisition and accumulation of financial wealth.

    The idea that as humans, as intelligent beings at the top of the food chain on this planet, we should show any concern or consideration of other beings, be they human or animal, or show concern or consideration of our natural physical environment, is squeezed from our consciousness by the relentless marketing messages delivered to us.

    Our leaders would rather have us all go shopping, feeding the economy, adding to the treasure that is being transferred from the many to the few. Don’t worry about the downtrodden or disenfranchised, just keep consuming, keep contributing to the corporate bottom line.

    I have been steadily coming to the conclusion that the core values of this country are not democracy, but commerce, at all costs.

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