Award-winning gospel artist DeWayne Woods sings
to congregations of thousands every week and now he is spreading that abundant
love to animals. DeWayne refers to his dogs as his "kids" and
believes that raising children in an environment in which they see animals
treated with love and respect will help our culture see animals as they see
each other—as equals. Animal companions are a part of DeWayne's family, and
family members aren't abandoned outside and left at the mercy of the elements—they
live indoors with the rest of the family. Too many dogs spend their lonely days
and cold nights at the end of a chain. Chained dogs are often deprived of adequate food, water, and veterinary care—in addition to
having their emotional and social needs completely ignored. They are vulnerable to cruel people and other
animals and rarely have sufficient shelter to shield them from inclement
Woods feels that it is a guardian's job to show animals the
way, not based on dominance, but on love and guidance to make the most of this
mutually beneficial relationship. In DeWayne's ad for PETA, he poses with his
two adorable dogs and encourages everyone to welcome companion animals into
their home, where they can be safe and warm.
In this behind-the-scenes video, DeWayne sheds
light on the cruelty of forcing dogs to live at the end of a chain and exposes
cruelty to animals in circuses. Watch his interview, and spread a message of
compassion for God's creatures.
You can make a difference for dogs forced to
spend a life of loneliness and neglect at the end of a chain. There are many
steps that you can take to help individual dogs or to help an entire community of dogs by contacting your local government.
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.