Came across this link today and rushed here to share it with you. Go ahead and take a peek, I'll hang out here and drink my coffee.
Elephants addicted to heroin
Well? Is that not bizarre? What do you think?
I think it's cruel enough to be true. There's no end, it seems, to what a certain slice of humanity will do in order to gain money and power.
And I can't help but wonder....do we feel more sorry for the elephants than we do for the human victims of addiction? I'm willing to bet that if you took a survey many people would say, "people have a choice and they know better. The elephants didn't."
To those people I would say, it doesn't really matter when or why people try drugs. It might be by choice the first time, it might be by trickery, sometimes it's by force. The end result is the same-thousands of children and adults leading a sad existence from which it can seem there is no escape other than death.
Heroin dealers infiltrate society and use the drug the same ways on people as they do on elephants. They have to create a market. To control people. To manage their human trafficking operations. To make money.
Heroin dealers make house calls. In your neighborhood.
At least the elephants don't have much of a choice when it comes to being rehabilitated. They are at the mercy of their handlers. Human addicts in recovery have to make the difficult choice every day to stay sober.
I wish that we were as worried about the drugs crossing the borders as we are about the children crossing our borders.
And now I'm just all upset. I started out with the intent of talking about really skinny elephants, twitching trunks and elephants on street corners holding signs.
But then I started writing and you know what ? It's just not funny, is it? Too many people (and elephants and who knows, maybe dogs or other useful animals) are suffering from addiction. How can they be helped? I'd start with harsher penalties for dealers and free elective and non-elective rehab for addicts.
You got any ideas?