The following is copied and pasted from the comments in my previous blog post, and all I can say is wow - this is such a beautiful example of how good things ripple out and back again when animals and the people who love them are involved. I am so grateful for such caring young people AND their wonderful teacher. Thank you to all of you for what you've done for the donkeys and for sharing this here. It has made my day!!
This is what I have written, my class truly believe our message and our
wishes will come true. We hope others will also help. Truly children
have the innocence and understanding of what an animal would have. They
can heal wounds and pain and bring brighter futures for us all.
Here is message,
am a Primary School teacher living in London. One of my children
randomly spoke out talking about his worry of donkey roping. I had never
heard of this and so decided it was interesting to see what the whole
class would think.
We were so hurt by what was happening and it
was very difficult for my children to comprehend. They could not
understand why someone would do this to an innocent animal just for fun.
Their understanding and their opinions is what 'normal' people would
feel and think. These children are our future and if we allow abuse such
as donkey roping to take place, what will they learn? I am not saying
that donkey roping is going to ruin all the children but they are
certainly not learning anything of value.
I do my best to teach
my children how to take care of the Earth and ourselves and the
community. Surely, this is what everything is about? We as humans, who
are capable of taking care of everything and deciding how the world
works should also take care of the animals around us.
I am sure
that as a human being, with a heart and a soul, you will help and
support us to stop this cruel 'sport'. My class all say a big hello and
are begging you to stop this from taking place, they thank you! Please
can you help the donkeys to a safe place to stay and eat and to heal. My
children will be having a silence of 10 minutes for the donkeys that
are abused, hurt, lost, hungry or sadly dead. These minutes, we will be
thinking of your good work and hoping you do your best to take care of
Rafer Johnson and Redford (a few months back when it was still cold and they had fluffy winter coats!) say thank you!