Animals Have Rights, Too
Wild animals don’t kill for pleasure, but there are men who do.
In the early days, men and friends lived harmoniously. But as civilization began moving farther outward, conflicts became inevitable and troubles began. The powerful pounced on the weak, peace now is nowhere to be found.
Any act by anyone that disregards the rights of others is patently bad, whatever his reasons may be. All the religions teach that God loves all His creatures and wants them to live in harmony. 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 are just like any human – they can be happy and sad, peaceful and friendly, or mad, jealous, angry and vengeful. 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. Yet, man does the exact opposite. 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.
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. There have been many successes as in the laws relating to animal abuse and in the illegal hunting especially of endangered species.
Much of the wildlife that populated the plains in past times are now gone, never to be seen, again. Man’s continued abuse has decimated our wild animal population, this to our great loss. 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.
There are many instances. Since the very beginning, animals have worked hand in hand with men. Most of us are not aware that ants help us a lot in different ways. The plants that provide food for us might not have survived if not for ants that helped to cultivate the soil they grow on. Bees also produce honey. Goats and cows give us milk and cheese. 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. 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.