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Animals Have Rights, Too

Some men kill for no good reason, unlike animals that kill only so they can eat.

In ages past, men and beasts intermingled freely. 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 act by anyone that disregards the rights of others is patently bad, whatever his reasons may be. All the religions teach the same, and this injunction includes any possible harm done to animals, as well. Hindus especially are taught to reverence all life, all forms being part and parcel of the One God of all.

Simply by observing animals, we come to realize their affinity with us, humans. They feel, display joy and anger, laugh and cry when they are hurt, express their love or hatred, in fact, all the human qualities. 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. 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.

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. But instead, we disobey and abuse animals and kill them for no reason.

Incredible but true. Since the very beginning, animals have worked hand in hand with men. Billions upon billions of ants help recycle our soil, they ward off harmful pests and help increase our 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. Bees also produce honey. 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. 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.

Come everyone and give your share to this worthy endeavour.