Animals Are Entitled to their Rights
Animals kill for food, but some men kill just for the pleasure of it.
In ages past, men and beasts intermingled freely. But after civilization started to spread far and wide, man’s propensity to harm other men and animals escalated, as well. The lion and the lamb are friends no more but sworn enemies.
Any harm done to another is a bad thing and no excuse is acceptable. All the religions teach the same, and this injunction includes any possible harm done to animals, as well. Hindus moreover are taught to respect all living creatures, to love and serve them in the same way that they want to be treated.
The discerning among us realize our oneness with all of nature and all things. They feel, display joy and anger, laugh and cry when they are hurt, express their love or hatred, in fact, all the human qualities. Because we are created by the same God, our Father, it is only right that we should love and respect animals, even though they are not human. But we don’t follow God’s commands. We would not want to be forced to do anything against our will, or be tortured or killed without our express permission, but we subject animals to unspeakable terror and suffering in total disregard of their animal rights.
Animals should have legal rights also and equal protection under the law. Because of their continued initiatives, some laws relating to animal abuse, illegal hunting especially of endangered species, trapping, trafficking and others are already in force, but more of these are needed.
There used to hordes of large and small animals roaming the plains, but indiscriminate killings have reduced their numbers. Because of man’s ignorance and abuse, many animal species are now extinct. In this world, God has created us superior to our fellow-brother-creatures but at the same time, He has tasked us to care for them and protect them. Instead, we inflict all kinds of harm on animals in direct disregard of our avowed duty.
You are not aware and maybe, you cannot believe this but it is true. Since the very beginning, animals have worked hand in hand with men. Most of us are not aware that ants help us a lot in different ways. Bats, bees and various insects help to scatter seeds so that they can spread to other places. Bees also produce honey. Goats and cows give us milk and cheese. Many plant varieties owe much to birds for helping them to grow and propagate. Many pet dogs and cats have proven to be much loved friends. Other dogs serve as lifeguards, help hunters find their prey, shepherd sheep and cattle or otherwise help in farmwork.
In recognition of their valuable contributions, many civic group and concerned citizens have involved themselves in wildlife conservation, animal protection and animal rescue, animal rights and the prevention of cruelty to animals.
But much more are needed.