Respect the Rights of Our Friends and Helpers, the Animals
Animals kill for food, but some men kill just for the pleasure of it.
In the early days, men and friends lived harmoniously. When man began to travel to other places, their savage ways became even more pronounced. The lion and the lamb are friends no more but sworn enemies.
Any harm by anyone done to another is a transgression against God’s divine law, whatever the circumstances bearing on the matter. All the religions teach that God loves all His creatures and wants them to live in harmony. Hindus especially are taught to reverence all life, all forms being part and parcel of the One God of all.
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. Spiritually speaking, we need to love all things created by God. 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.
Animal rights advocates work toward the legislation and enforcement of laws that guarantee animal rights and protect them against all forms of abuse. 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. Man’s continued abuse has decimated our wild animal population, this to our great loss. Here in our world, God has made us the masters, superior to all other beings, but we are supposed to love and care for all His creatures. Instead, we inflict all kinds of harm on animals in direct disregard of our avowed duty.
There are many instances. 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. Birds also contribute in plant pollination and seed dispersal, insect pest control and nutrient recycling. Many pet dogs and cats have proven to be much loved friends. Police dogs help in crime prevention and search operations, guide dogs serve as the eyes to the blind, the sick and elderly.
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 we need more.