#Mission of Light
“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
– Edith Wharton
ABOUT MISSION OF LIGHT
Pasado’s Safe Haven launched a ‘Mission of Light’ (used in social media as #MissionOfLight) to help us all shine a light on animal cruelty and to inspire change. So often, we humans feel helpless after we bear witness to animal cruelty. The suffering can be brutal. The scope can be so massive. And the victims so innocent. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed.
Yet, in order to end animal cruelty, we humans must fight on their behalf. We must spread awareness. We must be warriors of light. We must take our best selves out into the world to talk about and inspire change. By supporting Mission of Light, you are taking a stand for the animals and the many ways, big and small, we all can help them:
- Report animal cruelty and be persistent about follow up
- Demand that our animal cruelty laws are enforced
- Help support efforts to strengthen existing animal cruelty laws
- Adopt don’t shop – rescue an animal who has survived neglect or cruelty
- Use your power as a consumer to help animals;
- Educate your friends and family about why your choices are important to you
- Be kind to all beings
Thank you for caring. Thank you for being a light in this world.
In early 2016, a female 3-year old dog named Diamond was found by a mountain biker in Washington state, hanging from a tree. Pasado’s Safe Haven was called in to support the investigation. Veterinary necropsy showed that the dog had been aggressively sexually assaulted prior to dying from asphyxiation. Her hind feet were dangling just a hair above the ground.
Pasado’s Safe Haven offered a $5000 reward for any tips leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who did this. The reward grew to $25,000 and was featured on ‘Washington’s Most Wanted’ news program, which resulted in tips leading law enforcement to the suspect.
On April 9th, 2016, a suspect named James Leroy Evans, was arrested. The court process was long and emotional, with Diamond’s supporters joining us in the courtroom demanding her justice every step of the way.
Finally, on August 7th, 2017, Evans pled guilty, receiving only one year in jail, minimal fees, and restriction from owning an animal for 5 years.
While we recognize that it’s rare to have strict sentencing in animal cruelty cases, and we are grateful there is jail time for Evans, we are devastated that tougher sentencing wasn’t given and that he was not banned for life from owning an animal.
An outpouring of emotion, grief and frustration has come from around the world at the news of this crime and at the unbelievably light sentencing. Diamond’s case ignited a spark.
#Mission of Light was created in Diamond’s memory – to help shine a light on animal cruelty and the many forms it takes. And to help put more light back into a world that can sometimes feel very dark.
It is our sincere hope that as more people refuse to accept cruelty and suffering of animals, the world will become a brighter, more compassionate place.
Pasado’s Safe Haven is actively working on changing language in the laws to ensure stricter penalties. Please sign up for our newsletter for updates on how you can support by writing to your representative at the appropriate time.
Please join us. Support #Mission of Light.
“DIAMOND BILL” UPDATE 2/1/18
During the 2018 Washington State legislative session in Olympia, Pasado’s Safe Haven championed “Diamond’s Bill” – SB 6076 – sponsored by Senator Guy Palumbo. Unfortunately, the perpetrator was not prosecuted for the sexual assault because of a heartbreaking loophole in WA’s animal cruelty laws. We just learned that “Diamond’s Bill” will not get a hearing this session, which means it dies in committee for this year.
Change is always slower than we want. But we will PERSIST. Thank you to everyone who responded to our 2-Minute Action Alert. While we weren’t successful this year, we are already working on plans for the next legislative session.
The best way to support our future efforts is to continue to be a positive voice for animals.