Here is the first editorial for JRNL 305:
People are More Compassionate About Pets Than Humanity
Viral videos surface on the internet frequently, showcasing stories of abuse with shocking footage. Minutes documenting a dog being beaten, lit on fire or shot get the community throwing their hands up in disgust. But have we ever thought about the atrocities humanity commits on themselves?
It seems that lately, people are indifferent to the suffering of other humans. Every day, innocent victims in Iraq are murdered, whether intentionally or not. These stories are very rarely reported. When was the last time a story was broadcasted over the news just because an innocent victim was killed in a country the United States are currently monitoring? Has there ever been a commercial showcasing the abuse of just the children in America alone to feel sympathy towards them?
Yet everyday, commercials of an abused dog or videos of a sheep being beaten over the head leaves people in disgust, some in tears. People care more about house pets or random animals than humans themselves. These acts of vicious assault on animals happen to innocent people in the Middle East and North Korea, yet less the people care about them then an animal.
Perhaps entertainment and the recent wars the US has taken part of have made us less sensitive to seeing atrocious acts to humans. Crime television shows display scenes of torture and seeing those may have potentially made human injury more accepting towards us. Wars where society places a whole country as an enemy also doesn’t help a community become more caring for a group of people.
People should care about animals and be aggressive in protecting them. But they should care just about the human race with the same passion, if not more.
Argument By Generalization:
When I watched a movie at a theater that displayed a rape scene, pindrops could be heard. In the same movie, a cat was hung by its feet upside down and the crowd groaned, shrieking in disgusted over the scene. People were in disgust so obviously, everyone cares more about cats being tortured than women.
Animals cannot speak to humans. Humans can speak to one another. Thus, people should care more about one another than animals.