Wherein animals are more important than people

Jun 25, 2013

Earlier this month I mentioned on Facebook that Shelley Fralic would be getting a stern letter from me in reply to her June 7th article in the Vancouver Sun.

You can read the article here:

http://www.vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/Welcome+days+Vancouver+news/8495322/story.html

Upon reflection, I have decided to instead send her an invitation to tour SALI’s Farm. My main reasoning is because I have too many times met people who have a hierarchical view of giving a helping hand and it’s very tough to make a dent in their thought process. Too many times that I can no longer count, I have been told, “why aren’t you helping starving children in Africa.” Does this come from our younger days when we would be playing with the food on our plate and our parents would admonish us with “did you know there are starving children in Africa?”

Bringing that hierarchical view a little closer to home, Fralic’s article admonishes those who care deeply about animal cruelty laws in Canada with the question, did you know there are “Vancouver children who are going hungry, Vancouver seniors who can’t afford to pay property taxes, and the handicapped fighting to keep their TransLink Handy Dart services?”

Here is my letter and invitation to Ms. Fralic. Please let me know what you think.

June 24, 2013

Shelley Fralic
Vancouver Sun

Dear Ms. Fralic:

After reading your article “Welcome to the dog days of Vancouver,” I thought I should send you an invitation to tour SALI’s Farm. SALI’s Farm is a safe haven for abused children and abused animals to bond, learn and heal with one another. Many of the children have been witness to or been forced to participate in animal cruelty.

I would love to give you a tour of the farm and share with you the link between animal abuse, child abuse, domestic violence, elder abuse and abuse against the disabled. When there is violence in a “home,” it affects all two-legged and four-legged family members. The cruelty afflicted on Captain cannot be taken out of this context. If you dig deeper, you will find there is a darkness in Brian Whitlock’s family history.

It is fair to compare the Stanley Cup rioter who received a conditional sentence and Mr. Whitlock receiving 4-6 months. Both sentences take into consideration the destruction of “property.” You see our Animal Cruelty law in the Criminal Code of Canada was written in the 1800s and has received only a few tiny revisions over the decades!

Animal protection and child protection have wonderful roots in North America. The ASPCA was called on to help an abused girl in the 1800s because children did not have legal recourse at that time. Canadian animals are now in need of our help, and I ask you to please give the same consideration to animals in their time of need. Whenever our community rallies against cruelty, thought is never given to who is more important, it is instead that we deplore violence against the most vulnerable, whether they have two-legs or four.

I had the privilege of giving Kim Pemberton a tour of the farm last year and would be very pleased if you would consider a visit. The farm is in Fort Langley.

Kind Regards,

Keryn Denroche
Executive Director

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