The world doesn't belong to just us humans. Co-existing with our fellow creatures without ill-treating them is a need.
One of the worst times in the year for most stray animals is Deepavali. It is not very uncommon to see dogs running around in circles with crackers tied to their tails. Come Sankranti and there are many birds rushed to the vets with injuries on their feet and wings.
“For some reason, being cruel to animals has become a very common thing among humans,” says Nikita James. “People hit and hurt stray animals for fun, not realising how much pain the animals feel. It is very sad that we are so insensitive towards our fellow living beings,” she adds.
“As young children, we are all taught to respect nature and all other living beings. But, sometime during our growing years we develop fear towards some creatures and dislike and hatred towards others,” says Farida Tampal, the State Director of WWF, Andhra Pradesh. Fear, dislike and hatred are the basic negative emotions found majorly in human beings. These emotions lead us to partake in many activities which are not expected of us.
Thirteen-year-old Aranya Kanuri, who is very fond of animals says, “People pick up garden lizards, chameleons and even snakes, wring their necks and beat them to death; they put out grain to attract birds and when the birds come to eat they throw stones at them and kill them. There are many people who ill-treat their own pets by keeping them tied up all the time, not giving them enough to eat and not playing with them or petting them.”
Cruelty towards animals is not limited to stray mammals and reptiles alone. For material gains, human beings across the world have permitted themselves to trade wild animals and plants. In most countries there are laws against wildlife trade, but trade and traffic of wildlife and animal products still continues everywhere. Due to this there is a serious imbalance in nature, which cannot be rectified easily.
Leopards, cats, wolves, foxes, tigers, snakes and crocodiles are killed for their skins. Rhinos are killed for their horns. Elephants and wild boar are killed for the ivory we get from their tusks. Hogs, pigs, mongoose and squirrels are killed for their hair, which is used to make paint brushes and shaving brushes.
Swiftlet's nests, fresh water turtles and frogs are traded for consumption. Whales, sea horses, spiny tailed lizards, bear and pangolin are traded for medicine. Many mammals are traded to be kept as pets. Butterflies and dragonflies are traded for ornamental value.
“The list of atrocities that man inflicts on animals is endless. There are many inhuman things that happen around us, which we should get involved in and put a stop to,” says Ms Farida Tampal.
Animals only require a lot of love and care and if we give this to them, we will be giving ourselves a lot of happiness and peace.