Friday, November 09, 2012

Update: The donkeys in the ad "have been picked up."  I hope that means they found a loving new home!

There's an ad for two free donkeys in Lewiston, Idaho. They're being used for roping.  Even if only a little bit, in my opinion it's cruelty.

If anyone could find it in their heart to go pick them up I would be eternally grateful.  I would go get them myself but my husband says no, and he's right.  I hate having to be practical.

I keep wondering if one of them might be the little jack I befriended at the BLM adoption down there a couple years ago.  Probably not, but no matter the individual identity of the donkeys, they certainly DO NOT DESERVE that kind of treatment. 

As we were driving back from buying my two donkeys, my sister told me that the donkey is the only animal that ever speaks in the Bible. I'm not real familiar with the Bible, but I looked up the story.  (To clarify: Balaam is riding the donkey, the Angel of the Lord is blocking the path.)

Numbers 22

Balaam, the Donkey, and the Angel

22 Then God’s anger was aroused because he went, and the Angel of the Lord took His stand in the way as an adversary against him. And he was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him. 23 Now the donkey saw the Angel of the Lord standing in the way with His drawn sword in His hand, and the donkey turned aside out of the way and went into the field. So Balaam struck the donkey to turn her back onto the road. 24 Then the Angel of the Lord stood in a narrow path between the vineyards, with a wall on this side and a wall on that side. 25 And when the donkey saw the Angel of the Lord, she pushed herself against the wall and crushed Balaam’s foot against the wall; so he struck her again. 26 Then the Angel of the Lord went further, and stood in a narrow place where there was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left. 27 And when the donkey saw the Angel of the Lord, she lay down under Balaam; so Balaam’s anger was aroused, and he struck the donkey with his staff.
28 Then the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?”
29 And Balaam said to the donkey, “Because you have abused me. I wish there were a sword in my hand, for now I would kill you!”
30 So the donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your donkey on which you have ridden, ever since I became yours, to this day? Was I ever disposed to do this to you?”
And he said, “No.”
31 Then the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the Angel of the Lord standing in the way with His drawn sword in His hand; and he bowed his head and fell flat on his face. 32 And the Angel of the Lord said to him, “Why have you struck your donkey these three times? Behold, I have come out to stand against you, because your way is perverse before Me. 33 The donkey saw Me and turned aside from Me these three times. If she had not turned aside from Me, surely I would also have killed you by now, and let her live.”

1 comment:

shadowlake2005 said...

Heartbreaking. I think using donkeys and horses for roping should be illegal.