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Join me this evening at Durban Film Festival for the African Premier of Wild Dog & Mrs Heart.
IS THERE A PLACE FOR PRO LIFE AMIDS A COMPANION PET POPULATION CRISIS?
The film had its World Premier last night. What I learnt from the audience feedback, was that despite the harsh overpowering presence of death and hopelessness - what pulled the film through was the caring relationships the characters had with the animals about to be euthanised. "Pro life" missionaries might find this aspect of the film surprising. Since their world view on the matter of euthanasia is ver...y self absorbed. For them, no animal must be killed amidst this over population crisis. The flawed part of this ideology is that we will end up with growing over populated kennels of animals who will never know (or know again) the affection of humans. These animals will essentially be kept alive till the day they die. What a misery for an animal domesticated to live in relation with humans.
Julia Evans who runs the Animal Welfare Society Helderberg where the film is set, said that she hopes euthanasia will stop in her lifetime. Since the films completion, they managed to open their own on site clinic, making it even cheaper to sterilise animals. Julia also said that she receive countless hate mails from pro life activists, accusing her of "murder". What cowardice. Instead of helping to take responsibility of the problem, they are misdirecting their energy to break down Julia's efforts. Can you imagine the emotional burdens that comes with all this hate mail? Day in and Day out? Yet these very "pro life" groups has the audacity to direct calls for help to her kennels when they are at full capacity. Since Julia has a policy that does not allow for anyone needing help to be turned away. Yet despite these contradictions, "pro life" does have a place. Their presence should be a non violent, non aggressive, non hate filled reminder that our humanity has lost its cause somewhere along the line. That the selfish aspects of human nature got the better of us. The existence of "pro life" shelters should be to our shame as humanity. But "pro life" groups should never be compared and considered as the "right" and "only" alternative organisations needing to euthanize animals. And they should also never be allowed to make "evil" out of animal euthanasia, to the extend that they aggressively victimise people like Julia Evans. In my opinion, the "pro life" approach is not a responsible way of handling the reality of the global animal population crisis we are faced with.
Dear Friends, Limited complimentary tickets available for the World Premier of Wild Dog & Mrs Heart, playing during Encounters International Documentary Film Festival in Cape Town. Mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like one.
Just completed: The latest 3 minute trailer for Wild Dog & Mrs Heart: https://vimeo.com/127374608