Respect the Rights of Our Friends and Helpers, the Animals
Wild animals don’t kill for pleasure, but there are men who do.
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 lie together no more.
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 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.
Just by looking at animals, we realize that we are not at all so different from them. 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. 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. 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.
Much of the wildlife that populated the plains in past times are now gone, never to be seen, again. Fewer and fewer wild animals now roam freely. 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.
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. The plants that provide food for us might not have survived if not for ants that helped to cultivate the soil they grow on. An added bonus offering by bees is honey. Cattle provide us with milk and cheese products. 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. 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 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.
But there is much, much more that needs to be done.