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Looking On The Bright Side of Pets

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. Do unto others what you want others to do unto you also applies to your brother-animals. 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.

Just by looking at animals, we realize that we are not at all so different from them. 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. 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.

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.

Much of the wildlife that populated the plains in past times are now gone, never to be seen, again. 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 continue to do the very opposite thing.

Incredible but true. Since the beginning of time, animals have been a blessing and a helpmate to man. Billions upon billions of ants help recycle our soil, they ward off harmful pests and help increase our 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. Birds also do us a great service by helping to pollinate plants and disperse their seeds, decimate insect pest population and recycle nutrients. 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.

Everyone is enjoined to help.

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Jason Brown

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