The torture and cruelty, these dumb animals have to go through, wheel research is being carried out on them, is a well known fact. Only recent the plight of animals that are used for research in the prestigious ‘All India! Medical Sciences’ was exposed by the Media.
Such cruelty, letting them suffer in pain sends a shiver through the spine. The animals, kept in small enclosures, were going round and round in circles which is proof of their’ nervous break down. Is it not cruelty?
I do not mean that all research should be stopped but if an animal is in pain! it should be put to death rather than just letting it live, for animals too feel pain, moreover, we can also ensure that they are looked after well.
Similarly, birds and some animals, used to living in the wilds, are poured just to sell them as pets, where they are kept in cages or in surroundings alien to their natural habitat. Little do we realize that a bird iced to flying freely in the sky cannot be happy in a cage?
An animal, used roaming around freely in its natural habitat cannot be happy living in cage or small enclosures. There is no doubt that a great deal of cruelty to animals is due to our mindset that animals are happy as long as they are ell fed, which is not correct; imagine yourself being kept captives and then our would understand what it means.
Light of the pets that are kept in houses is also no better. They are orally at our mercy and even if ill-treated cannot say anything neither is anyone concerned about their condition. It would not be right to say that all owners are insensitive to their pets but mostly it is noticed that their treatment depends on the moods of the owner. People often hurt these dumb creatures without even realizing that they too feel pain.
The plight of cows and stray dogs is a common sight in India. Is it not cruelty to let them roam around on the streets, and let them eat garbage dumped on the road sides, exposing them to being hit by fast moving traffic and also by shopkeepers whose goods they are destroying? When the animal has served its purpose and becomes old, infirm, or diseased the amber abandons it and leaves it on its own to suffer pangs of hunger and pain.
The big question is do the animals have a right to live well? Animal Rights Activists do raise their voices but their voices are too weak to be heard.
In many religions, animals were worshipped in the past and any cruelty towards them was condemned by the society and so their rights were protected, but, today we are becoming insensitive not only towards animals but also towards other human beings.
Everything on this Earth has a well defined purpose, thus, there is a need to have strong laws for protecting the rights of animals, only then can they be saved from Man’s greed and selfishness and balance of Nature can be maintained.
Even in schools, students need to learn, how to respect the rights of other living things and love all creations of Nature. Parents also can help in making their children sensitive to the pain our actions may cause them. It is still not too late, let us together pledge to make a difference.