While doing research for a novella I ran across some shocking information. I hesitate to say interesting because of the subject. But let me digress for a moment. My grandfather had several books from World War II that had vivid pictures of carnage left behind by Adolf Hitler and his followers. Even as a child it made me sad and I knew how wrong it was although it was published in a book on war. I somehow knew that this went beyond war when I saw the bodies of women, elderly, and children piled on top of each other as they fled a building and were murdered. (Honestly, I don't know why they let me look at that book. Some of those pictures are etched in my memory 40 some years later.) I've not been able to write WWII novels because of those memories. I can't seem to move past them to find a story. So what does all this have to do with my research? I was looking up when animal rights came into being and I stumbled across a couple articles.
A 2013 article from The Huffington Post told of 95 year Margot Woelk, a taste tester for Adolf Hitler. Her job (not volunteer but was forced) was to make sure the food hadn't been poisoned. She had to taste the food an hour before it was driven to Nazi headquarters, The Wolf's Lair. She tells how it was an all vegetarian diet with lots of fresh vegetables, rice, and salads. He may not have always been a vegetarian but later in life it does seem to lend to that idea. That alone is not shocking but couple that with the fact that Adolf Hitler supported animal rights while murdering innocent people it becomes almost unbelievable.
November 24, 1933 Adolf Hitler signed the Cruelty to Animals law. The law forbade the unnecessary torment or rough handling of animals among many other laws. Laws such as not allowing to dock horse's tails and going as far as not allowing horses with docked tails into their country. And on that same document he limits tail and ear docking of dogs without anesthesia. Now don't get me wrong, I actually agree with most of his Cruelty to Animal laws. I love my animals. I own horses, miniature donkey, dogs, cat, and would never dream of neglecting them or being cruel to them. They're like family and I think all God's creatures should be treated with kindness! I'm against anything that harms animals. But it shocked me that a man who murdered so many people, children included, would sign into law something that protected animals.
More of the laws he signed into being were forbidding of neglecting animals, to put an animal out, as in to get rid of it was against the new law, to use
|Force feeding a goose|
By L214 - Éthique & animaux, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3537225
ill, or overworked animals was now punishable, and the list continues on. His law covers experimentation on animals in so much as to make sure they suffer no pain and goes into such detail that there has to be a real purpose along with an obtainable goal. And even addressed geese, that they were not to be force fed.
Punishments were according to the crime committed against the animal. Punishments were imprisonment or/and a fine.
When I ran across this information it brought back to memory the pictures I saw in those books of my grandfathers. The tests that Hitler ran which left people maimed, the pain he caused them, the forced labor from men and women who were no more than skin on bones, the terror he inflicted on people as he marched them to their deaths and I wondered how a man who did such things could sign into law a paper with so much detail about how to treat animals and not have consideration for human life.
If you'd like to see a copy of the Nazi Germany and all of the Animal Rights page click here.
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When her father died, she had promised herself no man would own her again, yet who could defy an edict of the king? After the death of her cruel father, Brithwin is determined never again to live under the harsh rule of any man. Independent and resourceful, she longs to be left alone to manage her father’s estate. But she soon discovers a woman has few choices when the king decrees she is to marry Royce, the Lord of Rosencraig. As if the unwelcome marriage isn’t enough, her new husband accuses her of murdering his family, and she is faced with a challenge of either proving her innocence or facing possible execution.
Royce Warwick returns home after setting down a rebellion to find his family brutally murdered. When all fingers point to his betrothed and attempts are made on his life, Royce must wade through murky waters to uncover the truth. Yet Brithwin’s wise and kind nature begin to break down the walls of his heart, and he soon finds himself in a race to discover who is behind the evil plot before Brithwin is the next victim.
Debbie Lynne Costello has enjoyed writing stories since she was about eight years
old. She studied journalism at Heritage University. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina. She has worked in many capacities in her church and is currently the Children's Director. Debbie Lynne has shown and raised Shetland Sheepdogs for eighteen years and still enjoys litters now and then. In their spare time, she and her husband take pleasure in camping and riding their Arabian and Tennessee Walking horses.
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