If you care about animals' welfare, the worst thing is to see them suffer the abuse or neglect of human beings. We're not a perfect bunch but we owe other living creatures the basic rights we demand for ourselves, e.g., decent, humane treatment and a ban on cruelty. Not all of us honor this obligation, which is when the cavalry rides in -- the Humane Society of Missouri and its Animal Cruelty Task Force. These good people regularly encounter awful situations that could make anyone break down in tears, yet they tough it out and do the dirty work of animal rescue and rehabilitation. A new photo exhibit, Cruelty to Compassion, documents this vital mission. The images were taken by photographer Mike Bizelli over the course of fifteen years in the field with the task force. Viewing them, you'll feel every type of emotion, but mainly you'll be thankful for the noble human beings who enact the best qualities our species is capable of. Cruelty to Compassion is open from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 5, at the HSMO headquarters lecture hall (1201 Macklind Avenue; 314-398-1391 or www.hsmo.org). The exhibit has additional viewing hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday (April 6 and 7). Admission is $10 online at www.bizelliphotography.com or at the door; a portion of the proceeds benefit the Humane Society.
April 5-7, 2013