musical Version' of OPUS ONE
And the Problems It Holds
By Randy N. Warner
Politics, agendas, egos and all the things the animal protection
movement is riddled with. all we need is some unity and
intellect. divisiveness is killing our efforts, not to mention
all the lives lost. the time has come.
OK. We hope to show that individual as you may be, you are part of a
society that has a HUGE problem. This problem of
overpopulation takes every person to realize this so we are all
singing the same song - no exceptions!
OK, We have 3,000 people in this conference hall - each to
speak about their general views on animal care and their level of
responsibility to correct the problems that plague our society. NO
POLITICS. NO EGOS. NO APATHY.
As the microphones are turned on, each one of the 3,000 people
begins singing their own song SIMULTANEOUSLY with no regard for any
other song. Some sing of 'responsible breeding', some sing of ''the
other person's lack of responsibility' some sing of mandatory spay
and neutering' some sing of killing dogs as the only way
while others see many options to the same.
The sounds are deafening and just not at all pleasant - most
importantly none are even remotely distinguishable. But
the most obvious are the likes of those who claim "I'm only one
person and can have litters that won't make a difference at all."
(these are the most uninformed and problematic of all)
Now, lets' take the same 3,000 people in the same hall an hour
later. When someone steps to the front and tries to organize some
unity, they all began to approach and listen. We'll make the
people baritones, the animal welfare people sopranos and
animal protection people altos and anyone else who is just there to
be good animal people the basses.
Now, for only one chorus of one little song, we all sing
together. It may not be the Mormon choir, but is so much more
beautiful AND LEGIBLE than what was done before.
Shortly thereafter, people of all walks of life begin to talk about
how much better it was when everyone at least tried to get along and
sing the same song - even if for only one chorus. They now
realize that unity is important for most all projects - in order to
send a clearer message and well as accomplish better results. The
public now 'gets it' and the media can finally print a good solid
outline of what we all agree needs to be done. We CAN convince
those who think ''But I'm only one person" or those who feel
''their way is the only real way'' just how much they really do
matter. Remember, we can never expect to win the game unless
all the team members play by the same rules.
Politics, egos nor apathy have a place in animal protection, animal
welfare or animal rights movement. We should ALL be ashamed of
ourselves for all the animals who lost their lives this year that
MAY HAVE been saved had we been more adult about our efforts.
We only need to convince our society that the results of each
persons efforts have far reaching consequences for everyone. THIS IS
NOT ROCKET SCIENCE!!
Politics are responsible for this report card.
** In 20 years, Americans have spent $1billiion annually on
community based animal control efforts = $20 Billion
** In 20 years Americans have spent $1Billion annually on donations
to their favorite national or local org dedicated to the same. + $20
** In 20 years 3,000 non profit orgs dedicated to helping animals
have logged an absolute minimum of 25 billion man hours.
Our report card after 20 years? A lousy 15% reduction in
unwanted deaths. That's about a D- Thanks to our
inability to convince so many that the ''I'm only one person'' is no
credible justification, but an ignorant persons excuse for lousing