Mission of Light
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:
- USE YOUR POWER AS A CONSUMER to help animals;
- Choose to leave animals off your plate
- Choose products that are not tested on animals
- Choose fashion/clothing that is not made from animals
- USE YOUR POWER AS A CITIZEN to help animals;
- Report animal cruelty and be persistent about follow up
- Help support efforts to strengthen existing animal cruelty laws
- Demand that existing animal cruelty laws are enforced
- RESCUE an animal who has survived neglect or cruelty – “Adopt Don’t Shop!”
- EDUCATE your friends and family about why your choices are important to you
- BE KIND to all beings – including yourself!
Thank you for caring. Thank you for being a light in this world.
COPING WITH EMOTIONS
Becoming aware of the scale of suffering experienced by animals in today’s world can bring up a lot of emotions. You may feel anger, shock and sadness. And sometimes these emotions can feel overwhelming that they start to impact your life in negative ways. It’s important to be kind to yourself as you are processing these feelings – and to take care of yourself so you can continue to be the light that you are. Below are a few resources we found helpful and we hope you do too.
- How to Stay Positive in a Negative World
- How Animal Lovers Avoid Getting Totally Depressed
- Trauma Stewardship TedTalk
- “To Save a Starfish” – Compassion Fatigue Workbook
In 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 4/1/19: 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. Sadly the “Diamond’s Bill” did not get a hearing, which means it died in committee.
Change is always slower than we want. But we will PERSIST. Thank you to everyone who responded to our 2-Minute Action Alert. We are currently working on a “Clean Up” bill for the next legislative session that will include the Diamond bill along with other improvements to Washington State’s animal cruelty laws.
The best way to support our future efforts is to continue to be a positive voice for animals. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on ways you can get involved to speak on behalf of the animals.