Applauding animal rescues, ignoring humans

There is a popular video circulating on Facebook.  So far, it has received more than 19 million views.

The video, which appears to have originated in Brazil, features a number of scenes in which people are shown rescuing animals that have been hurt or exposed to danger, in many cases danger caused by man-made devices or products.

The video starts with three people rescuing a tiny rodent-like creature found hanging by some kind of hook high in a tree.  It’s unclear what animal this is, although it is clearly a newborn.  After removing the hook from between the animal’s shoulder blades, one of the rescuers raises the frail animal to her lips and kisses it.

Some of the other animals that get rescued include a puppy coated in what looks like black oil, a leopard struggling to climb out of a giant tank of green slime, a whale nearly strangled by thick rope, a monkey electrocuted while scampering up a utility pole, a cat that crawled inside a truck’s coil spring, and a sea turtle caught in a fishing net.

One of the most moving of these scenes is that of a dying kangaroo.  The rescuer reaches into the kangaroo’s pouch and pulls out a small pink ball, which turns out to be a kangaroo suckling.  It looks almost like a fetus – hairless, quivering, with eyes shut tight.  In the next frame, we see the kangaroo a few months older, standing up on a blanket, being nursed with a bottle.

Animal lovers will find these scenes of rescue both heartbreaking and heartening.  There are nearly 540,000 “shares” of the video and more than 182,000 “likes.”

It made me think of the Planned Parenthood undercover video released last week and the second video released just a few days ago.  I wondered how liberals can can so callously refer to aborted baby parts without flinching and rush to defend the practice of selling fetal baby parts as though it were a noble undertaking.  The contrast with the Brazilian animal rescue video is striking.  Liberals will applaud the most extreme efforts to save the tiniest of creatures in the wilderness, yet the same tenderness, the same intense desire to protect the innocent, does not extend to the tiniest of humans.

The caption beneath the video is in Portuguese.  Translated, it says, “We can love each other… We can respect the differences! Everything depends on us! 1% of the love of this video would be enough to live better with us and with the people around us!!! Let us be more love!”

One of the comments (also translated) is even more poignant:

I cried when I saw the baby kangaroo coming up, thinking of all the babies (calves, chickie chickie chickie, little pigs and so many other things, seen to be treated as objects, murdered and brought to the table with naturally by the majority of people). No one sees the beauty and importance of each of them? Are lives. Are miracles.

All babies are lives.  All babies are miracles. 

There is a popular video circulating on Facebook.  So far, it has received more than 19 million views.

The video, which appears to have originated in Brazil, features a number of scenes in which people are shown rescuing animals that have been hurt or exposed to danger, in many cases danger caused by man-made devices or products.

The video starts with three people rescuing a tiny rodent-like creature found hanging by some kind of hook high in a tree.  It’s unclear what animal this is, although it is clearly a newborn.  After removing the hook from between the animal’s shoulder blades, one of the rescuers raises the frail animal to her lips and kisses it.

Some of the other animals that get rescued include a puppy coated in what looks like black oil, a leopard struggling to climb out of a giant tank of green slime, a whale nearly strangled by thick rope, a monkey electrocuted while scampering up a utility pole, a cat that crawled inside a truck’s coil spring, and a sea turtle caught in a fishing net.

One of the most moving of these scenes is that of a dying kangaroo.  The rescuer reaches into the kangaroo’s pouch and pulls out a small pink ball, which turns out to be a kangaroo suckling.  It looks almost like a fetus – hairless, quivering, with eyes shut tight.  In the next frame, we see the kangaroo a few months older, standing up on a blanket, being nursed with a bottle.

Animal lovers will find these scenes of rescue both heartbreaking and heartening.  There are nearly 540,000 “shares” of the video and more than 182,000 “likes.”

It made me think of the Planned Parenthood undercover video released last week and the second video released just a few days ago.  I wondered how liberals can can so callously refer to aborted baby parts without flinching and rush to defend the practice of selling fetal baby parts as though it were a noble undertaking.  The contrast with the Brazilian animal rescue video is striking.  Liberals will applaud the most extreme efforts to save the tiniest of creatures in the wilderness, yet the same tenderness, the same intense desire to protect the innocent, does not extend to the tiniest of humans.

The caption beneath the video is in Portuguese.  Translated, it says, “We can love each other… We can respect the differences! Everything depends on us! 1% of the love of this video would be enough to live better with us and with the people around us!!! Let us be more love!”

One of the comments (also translated) is even more poignant:

I cried when I saw the baby kangaroo coming up, thinking of all the babies (calves, chickie chickie chickie, little pigs and so many other things, seen to be treated as objects, murdered and brought to the table with naturally by the majority of people). No one sees the beauty and importance of each of them? Are lives. Are miracles.

All babies are lives.  All babies are miracles.