In Network, a 1976 film about television news, an anchor named Howard Beale loses his mind and tells his audience: "I want you to go to the window, open it, stick your head out and yell, 'I'm mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more!"
Some things cannot be swept under the rug. Some hurts cannot be forgotten. Sometimes we act because of principle. Maybe there will be no money or thanks at the end of the road, but the point here is not money or thanks. It is something far more important.
Our companion animal was injured or killed, and we are being treated unfairly. Nobody is willing to take responsibility or, even if they accept it, they are failing to say or do anything that would fairly make this up to us. The person who is responsible for our loss is getting away with it, the dog that killed or injured our dog is still at large, and the animal control people are sitting on their hands.
After a lifetime of believing that people love and cherish their dogs, and after spending a small fortune on feeding, training and caring for our companion, we suddenly learn that the law regards dogs as nothing but property, and lawyers can do nothing for us because this is considered as simply a case for small claims court, where lawyers are not permitted to represent people.
So we are mad as hell – and we are not going to take it any more. This is not a small claim. Our dog was more than an item of property. Whoever was responsible for injuring or killing our dog is going to have to treat us fairly. It does not matter whether the law is for us or against us or lukewarm toward us. It does not matter that animal control has other things to do.
Our dog suffered. We suffered. In exchange, maybe there will be fair compensation. Maybe there will be justice. Maybe we will merely inconvenience the person who is responsible for our suffering, and the people who should be doing something but are not. But the time has come to take action about this. And maybe cause things to change in the future.