I have read about many cruel incidents that involve animals. For almost 2 years now, I am signing petitions created by Avaaz and Change.org communities. Something in me just dies a little bit knowing about other cruel humans. Can this all be stopped overnight? The sad truth is No, it can’t. However, we can work in resolving many issues which require animals involved in testing various human products. I am so scared to buy anything now. I don’t know which products have abused animals to make my health conditions better. It makes me think that my survival must benefit the welfare of humans and animals, but never be otherwise. Aren’t we supposed to co-exist? I used to drink milk, but stories from dairy farms have left me scarred. Call me emotionally sensitive, but that’s fine. When I see a glass of milk kept in front of me, what comes to my mind is, what suffering did the cow had to go through! Many stories I have read did not have happy endings, after all, they are just stuck with fairy tales. Cows in the Indian dairy farm are far from the concept of Kamadenu or Goddess of wealth. Artificial Insemination is another cruel fact that burns my eyes. If a girl is being raped its news, but imagine raping a cow for its milk ‘n’ number of times. People working in animal welfare organisations are vegans or vegetarians. Until I read a lot of people posting “Why must I be vegan if I work in PETA?” Call that working for money and not passion. After all following one’s passion does not give a high return of interest in financial terms. Happiness and satisfaction can’t feed you every day. Isn’t it? One fine day, we will have more money and still feel drowned in debt. We will have lots of things around us, but still not use anything. Our hearts will long for that peace of mind which we had during simpler times.
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My mindset to earn more money to help has changed over time. I felt I helped more when I earned my living with an open mind. As money grew, my mind cluttered as to which debt to close first. Every now and then, when I share something I have with an animal or another human being, I feel at peace with myself rather than spend the money I earned hard on shopping or eating some junk. Life has changed over time and animals have played a vital role in it. My first cry would be for an animal any time. My first help will also be for an animal any time. I am not sure if it’s my love for animals or it’s to end their suffering. Personally, my pets have made me happy many times. They have changed my lonely moments into lessons learned by being my silent companion and even alerting me during difficult times. Just like a mother’s love which is unconditional, a pet’s love is the same. If you haven’t experienced it, I pray that sometime during your lifetime you must.
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When you can help an animal, any animal, do it! You will be happy you did it! 🙂