Animals Are Entitled to their Rights
Some men kill for no good reason, unlike animals that kill only so they can eat.
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 act by anyone that disregards the rights of others is patently bad, whatever his reasons may be. All the religions teach the same, and this injunction includes any possible harm done to animals, as well. 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 feel pain and joy, they can be happy, but they also cry when they hurt, they also love and care for their family and loves them just like we do ours. Spiritually speaking, we need to love all things created by God. Yet, in many ways, we do not do what we are supposed to do. For purposes of medical research, we experiment on innocent animals, causing them to undergo intolerable suffering and death, against their will and without their permission, for our own selfish reasons.
Advocates of animal rights are lobbying for the enactment and enforcement of laws that would regard animals as legal persons thereby acknowledging their God-given animal rights that everyone must respect. Through the work that they do, much has been achieved in many ways – regarding the abuse of animals, illegal hunting of endangered species, preservation and rescue of animals.
Once found in large numbers, today, because of indiscriminate killings, there are much fewer lions, elephants, tigers and rhinos. Fewer and fewer wild animals now roam freely. 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.
Incredible but true. Since early times, animals and men have been helping one another. Billions upon billions of ants help recycle our soil, they ward off harmful pests and help increase our crop yields. Bats, bees and various insects help to scatter seeds so that they can spread to other places. Bees also produce honey. Where can we get milk if not from goats and cows. Birds also contribute in plant pollination and seed dispersal, insect pest control and nutrient recycling. Dogs and cats serve as our pets and friends. Many species of dogs aid in police work, guide dogs assist the blind, the sick and elderly.
In recognition of the great benefits we enjoy through our co-habitation with our brother-animals, there are now much work done by many groups in the fields of wildlife conservation, animal protection and animal rescue, animal rights and the prevention of cruelty to animals.
Come everyone and give your share to this worthy endeavour.