Animals Are Entitled to their Rights
Animals kill for food, but some men kill just for the pleasure of it.
In the early days, men and friends lived harmoniously. 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 lie together no more.
Any harm done to another is a bad thing and no excuse is acceptable. All the religions teach that God loves all His creatures and wants them to live in harmony. A basic Hindu teaching declares that everything and everyone, even animals are parts of the One Supreme Being, and that all men and animals are brothers.
The discerning among us realize our oneness with all of nature and all things. Animals are just like any human – they can be happy and sad, peaceful and friendly, or mad, jealous, angry and vengeful. 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. In scientific researches, innocent animals are subjected to all forms of torture usually resulting to their death for the benefit of man.
Animal rights advocates work toward the legislation and enforcement of laws that guarantee animal rights and protect them against all forms of abuse. There have been many successes as in the laws relating to animal abuse and in the illegal hunting especially of endangered species.
Once found in large numbers, today, because of indiscriminate killings, there are much fewer lions, elephants, tigers and rhinos. Man’s continued abuse has decimated our wild animal population, this to our great loss. Because we are far more superior to other species, it is incumbent upon us, our God-given duty, to love and take care of all His creatures. Instead, we continue to do the very opposite thing.
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. Many billions of ants aid in decomposition, cultivate the soil and kill harmful pests and help in increasing crop yields. Bats, bees and other insects pollinate plants and scatter them all over many places, the plants in turn provide us the food we eat. An added bonus offering by bees is honey. Where can we get milk if not from goats and cows. Many plant varieties owe much to birds for helping them to grow and propagate. Dogs and cats serve as our pets and friends. Police dogs help in crime prevention and search operations, guide dogs serve as the eyes to the blind, the sick and elderly.
In appreciation, many are now actively involved in various animal care and animal rights programs.
But there is much, much more that needs to be done.
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