In 1855 the American Indians and the American Buffalo were almost exterminated. Chief Seattle wrote something like this when the American President offered to buy their land.
"The Great Chief in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land. . . . But we will consider your offer, for we know if we do not . . . the white man may come with guns and take our lands. . . . How can you buy or sell the sky— the warmth of the land? The idea is strange to us. Yet we do not own the freshness of the air or the sparkle of the water. . . . Every part of this earth is sacred to my people. . . . When the buffaloes are all slaughtered, the wild horses all tamed, the secret corners of the forest heavy with the scent of many men, and the views of the ripe hills blotted by talking wires, where is the thicket? Gone. Where is the eagle? Gone."
"If all the beasts were gone, men would die from great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beast also happens to the man."
Is this what is happening to our world?
It doesn’t take much savvy to realise that we are the most cruel species on the planet yet at the same time the majority of the human population are essentially good. That’s quite an analogy.
Why am I writing about this subject on a photography blog at this time in the season of goodwill? Because I have just been reviewing the photographs I took of a dog which came in to my surgery a few years ago.
Some of you may have seen them or read about Rosie on my website. http://rogerleverphotography.com/projects/rosie
Rosie 1 week after her near death experience.
For whatever reason (guilt usually) this little dog was stuffed into a bin liner and the end tied. Another bin liner was used on top of the first. The person/s in question then drove to Dumfries and chose to stop on the outskirts and proceeded to push the package under a bush in the middle of a traffic island. What mindset would do such a thing? A human being? Certainly not an animal. The intention to hide and kill slowly. No-one would ever find out. That then would absolve them of any wrong doing. Would it?
Rosie on top of Screel Hill about 6months after.
Rosie guarding my grandson on Mersehead Beach
Running free on a beach in Tiree
So the season of good will extends to animals as well as Man.
If you are thinking of getting a dog there are many lovely ones out there needing a loving home.
Contact Dogs Trust: https://www.dogstrust.org.uk
Dumfries and Galloway Canine rescue: http://www.caninerescue.co.uk
If you want to help protect persecuted wildlife I would suggest Big Life Foundation: https://biglife.org
Have a Peaceful and Happy New Year