On Helping Animals Then Using Them
Did you catch the story of Molly the pony, who was left behind in her barn during Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana? She was found by a rescue group two weeks after the hurricane and subsequently attacked by dogs who badly injured one of her front legs. The leg was amputated, which is unusual for a horse. The surgery was done at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine and she was fitted with a prosthetic leg.
That’s enough to make you cry.
But then there’s the end of the story, which is that Molly is trucked around from hospital to hospital, as sort of a therapy pony. She goes to places where there are sick children, who apparently learn about survival from Molly and that being different or having a prosthetic limb isn’t a big deal. The journalist in this particular story says: "It’s about what you do with your life . . . And Molly is giving back . . . giving hope where it’s sometimes hard to find. A little pony with a higher purpose."
I kept thinking: After all she’s been through, can’t you just leave her alone? Can’t she live at the sanctuary and have (as many as possible of) her decisions be her own? Does she have to have a job? Of course, as far as "jobs" go, hers probably isn’t so bad. But that’s not the point. She’s not really "giving back" so much as humans are finding another way to take from her. And for me, at the end of the story, that was the point.