Animals Are Entitled to their Rights
Wild animals don’t kill for pleasure, but there are men who do.
In early times, men and animals lived in harmony. 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. 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 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. 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.
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.
Once found in large numbers, today, because of indiscriminate killings, there are much fewer lions, elephants, tigers and rhinos. Fewer and fewer wild animals now roam freely. 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.
Incredible but true. 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. Bats, bees and other insects pollinate plants and scatter them all over many places, the plants in turn provide us the food we eat. Honey is also produced by bees. 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. While dogs and cats entertain and amuse us. Many species of dogs aid in police work, guide dogs assist 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.
Source: the hsus