“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
A green and white sign with this statement by the American anthropologist, Margaret Mead, has hung for over a decade at the entrance to the DSC barnyard. It is meant to be a tribute to the many people here at the Sanctuary who work so hard to improve standards of welfare both for the donkeys and for all animals.
I was reminded of Dr. Mead’s statement recently when I read about the little dog near Windsor, Ontario, who had been rescued from certain death after having been left by a road, bound in duct tape. The perpetrator of this heinous crime, Michael Earl Hill, was charged and found guilty in an Ontario court. It was noteworthy that this criminal was subsequently sentenced to two years in a federal penitentiary followed by a 25 year ban on pet ownership. This is the maximum sentence allowable for such a crime and it was levied because the judge had been presented with a petition calling for this sentence which had been gathered by a small group of determined people. They collected an astounding 65,000 signatures in this cause.
We salute that group of Ontario residents. Efforts like this send out the clear message that thoughtful people are more committed than ever to the fact that animals matter and that mindless cruelty inflicted upon them will not be tolerated.
PS: The little dog has recovered and he is now in a safe, caring home. As for Michael Earl Hill, he was placed in solitary confinement, segregated from the rest of the inmates for his own protection.
Sandra Pady, Founder