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i am so angry......
this little guy has been hanging out in the lagoon behind my office. i peek out every now and then to watch him swim around.
today, i am just returning from a board meeting and the kids are all at the gate.....they are yelling to me that "they got the alligator!" i look just in time to see a few teenagers walking away with an alligator on their shoulders. the kids tell me it happens all the time.... that one of the vietnamese markets pay for alligators.
"good money!" one of them tells me.
"what do you mean? how much?" i ask.
"$20!"
"$20??? they kill an alligator for $20?? what is wrong with them? i would give them $50 to let it be!" i am stunned, upset and pissed off.
"they beat em with sticks until they can catch em. they tore his arm off."
now i am really pissed....fuming. how can they do this? do they have no feelings for living beings at all??
"where is he?" i ask. i take one of the kids for a ride to show me exactly what store holds the fate of my reptilian friend.
and then i call the department of wildlife and fisheries. it is illegal to catch a gator. surely more so to torture it. i want to turn in the whole lot of them.....the teenagers, the vietnamese store owners. the kids, since i have been out here, have killed a mother kitten and more than half of her litter, attempted to stone a baby bird to death and thrown rocks at the alligators until i go screaming after them. why?? why do they have to be so mean? and what can i do to get through to them???
i try to help these kids....to give them a future, an education and chance of getting out of their housing development doom. this is one area where i can't reach them. i don't know how. i get upset if anyone squashes a bug.....these kids abuse anything that is weaker than they are......
and the vietnamese market that pays a few dollars for the risk the kids take and then butchers the animals....not just alligators, but chickens and ducks and who knows what else.......
i told the kids to spread the word.....that i would turn in anyone i see near the alligator pit or harassing the gators in the lagoon. and i will..... damn the consequences.
i hope he is dead and not still tied up behind the market, suffering.
i fully believe in karma. i really do. it is my only comfort.

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(Anonymous)
Jun. 23rd, 2003 09:50 pm (UTC)
"these kids abuse anything that is weaker than they are......"

I think, sadly enough, that those words right there are the key to all the problems with animal cruelty you're having. If these are children from run-down homes who don't have much hope in their lives, this may be the only way they feel "power" or "superiority"... Those are things that, even unknowingly, human beings seem to strive to feel. Because those kids may not feel as if they are equal with most other "well off" human beings... Being cruel to those creatures that ARE weaker than they are likely makes them feel at least a little better about themselves, and their position in life, sickeningly enough. A lot of human cruelty is driven by the need for power and control, the need to feel "better" than some other living thing.

Hopefully you WILL make a difference in the lives of those kids, or frighteningly enough, it may be other humans they eventually abuse. Good luck in your crusade. It's really sad what happened to that poor alligator, mother cat, and the little bird.
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