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. 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 by anyone done to another is a transgression against God’s divine law, whatever the circumstances bearing on the matter. 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.
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. As fellow-creatures of the same God-Father, animals are our brothers and we men are morally bound to respect their animal rights. 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.
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.
You are not aware and maybe, you cannot believe this but it is 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. The plants that provide food for us might not have survived if not for ants that helped to cultivate the soil they grow on. Honey is also produced by bees. Cattle provide us with milk and cheese products. Many plant varieties owe much to birds for helping them to grow and propagate. Dogs and cats serve as our pets and 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.
Source: animal rescue