Kindness to Animals
There are various kinds of animals in the world. Some of the animals can be used as pets and can live in our houses like cats, dogs, and cows. Kindness and justice to animals is an essential part of human virtue. They deserved kindness because they are dumb and helpless and cannot plead their own cause. Animals are useful to us in one way or another. Cruelty to animals is often due to the thoughtlessness and lack of imagination.
We must love animals regardless of their type and where they live. Prevention of cruelty to animals must be considered as a very important need. Many people hurt animals and they like to hunt these animals for food or for fun. Animals serve us in many ways. The animals which men have bred and trained for their own use and which are often faithful and hard-working servants have a claim upon our mercy and justice. We can show our kindness towards animals in a number of ways. We do not take effective steps for their well being. It is considered a very wrongful act. Animals also have a right to live.
Work animals and draught animals are often subjected to hard continuous labor. We should not break the nests of the birds. Often they are underfed. Beating, whipping, and bruising draught animals are common. Even young animals are put to work. People beat the bullocks with the lash to make them run faster and it should be avoided as it hurts them and causes pain to them. After exploiting them, they are cruelly killed in old-fashioned and unhygienic slaughterhouses. Torturing the animals in one way or another for our benefits should be avoided.
It makes one shudder to think what tortures sheep and oxen have to undergo at the hands of cruel men in slaughterhouses. If we keep animals as pets in our houses, we need to take care of them properly. Transportation of animals without food and water on foot is common. They are savagely killed in the presence of other animals. Snakes and squirrels are skinned alive. The frog’s legs are cut off, leaving the body to die slowly. These are some of the many ways by which we can show our kindness towards them.
Cruelty to wild animals and birds is also on the increase. As a result, many of them are on the verge of extinction. If we show kindness towards animals they will never try to harm us. How many happy birds are caught and kept in cages to please us their songs! People do not think about the feelings of those poor creatures. We one cannot be kind to animals; he cannot be kind to other peoples too. Hunting of wild animals for pleasure and money is also on the increase.
Cruelty to animals is much more wicked than cruelty to men because animals are helpless and dumb. So it is important to understand the value of kindness and why we need to be kind towards everyone. Educating the public is an effective method to avoid such atrocities. It is our responsibility to protect the animals and to be kind towards them. The aim of education should be to cultivate a spirit of compassion among the public towards our dumb benefactors.