In this beautiful world, animals deserve respect as much as people. They have as much right to live as we human beings. It is our world, but it is also your world. So this planet belongs to all the creatures that live on it. However, many are against this notion, as they believe that animals do not have feelings or souls.
Will we have all the rights just because we are at the top of the food chain? Does that give humans the right to remove privileges from animals? Didn’t we learn our lesson through countless wars?
It seems not! Many people still don’t understand it, like a child who never learns. Animals have rights. And they surely deserve respect, so that they can live their lives free from suffering, abuse and mistreatment. A life is a life and must be valued. Animals cannot speak for themselves and that is why we have to be their voice and take care of them.
So protecting them is something you and I should be proud of. As individuals, it is our responsibility. All creatures have the right to be free from persecution, cruelty, captivity, exploitation and abuse by people. When we respect the welfare of animals, we restore the balance in natural preservation.
Animals deserve respect
“Each and every animal on earth has as much right to be here and to have respect and love, as you and I do.” – Unknown
However, many think that animals are on this planet so that we can exploit, dominate, use and rule them. Many of us believe that we are above it all, but we have a lot to learn. However, there are also those who think that animals deserve as much respect as people.
So, I am one of those people who firmly believe that animals should have a better place in our world. They are sentient beings. We must protect them in the same way that we care for a disabled child. They both do not have the same conscious principles as us. But they still need to be loved, cared for, protected, and respected.
Blind to the truth
Just because animals can’t tell us how they feel doesn’t mean they don’t have rights. One day our sun will expand and that will be our end. However, we cannot move away from a fact. We are the people who are defining what criteria to value. But who gave us such a privilege?
In my opinion, I believe that animals occupy a special place in our world and some of them, especially our pets, become members of the family. They have no voice to speak for themselves, so they deserve respect and be saved. And I think that we as people should do that for them.
Of course, I don’t think animals need to rule human society. But does it give us the right to be cruel, kill, abuse, starve, torture, or slaughter other living creatures? It is illegal to kill another person, but it is somehow okay to hurt, mistreat, or kill animals. How is that less bad? Most of us are blind to the truth.
Arrogant animals and species
“Animals are the real victims on this earth. They don’t declare war, they don’t have weapons and they don’t want to destroy humans or impose religion. However, for some people, their only crime is that they exist.” – The SVB author
In truth, we are an arrogant species, which entitles us to be superior to all other species and to lower every other class. Most people claim that animals do not have feelings or have souls. They believe they are worthless, and are only here to provide food and necessities for us humans.
Since I was a child, I always rebelled and wondered why man thinks he is at the top of the food chain. We are not faster, stronger, or even brighter than many animals. Of course, we can reason and have a lot of intelligence at our disposal. But then again, we are also the only arrogant species that has so little respect and is hell-bent on killing the very planet that sustains our lives. So, to me, this kind of intelligence looks more like stupid.
Animals have feelings
Despite all the things that happen in our world, our lack of consideration and awareness in this matter shows that we are not as evolved as we should be. It begins by paying equal attention to animals and to our fellow human beings. Some people are now trying to wake up to these facts, but we still have a long way to go.
So all animals deserve respect because they can suffer and feel pain in the same way and to the same degree as you and me. They may feel happiness, pain, fear, pleasure, care, sadness, loneliness, and motherly love. They understand more than we give them credit for.
Animals are living creatures too. I don’t understand why people feel better. Humanity would be nowhere if animals did not exist in this world. The truth is that killing an animal is as bad as killing a human, it is murder. Killing an insect by accident is okay, but a herd of cows or a pride of lions is not okay. I often believe that people are equal to, if not inferior, than other animals.
The most disrespectful of all animals
We have the power to think, visualize, and invent things, and it’s what made humans thrive in the first place. It is such an incredible ability. And yes, human beings have imagination, but we also have self-awareness. So we have the ability to reflect on our existence. However, we should have more integrity and compassion.
In fact, we are the most sophisticated animals in this world, but the most disrespectful. We can speak different languages, cook, create things, drive a car or fly an airplane, and even discuss all kinds of situations. However, I ask you: “If we are more intelligent and have a greater capacity for thought, why are we acting with such disrespect towards this planet and the animals that live on it?”
Therefore, the world would be much better off without our silly ways of thinking that we are the best on the planet. And yet we act like idiots and treat animals like they are things! No matter what you say, people are animals on the inside. We hunt, we fight, we multiply, we group, we live, like any other animal, and sometimes even in a worse way.
Animals are not things
However, through our experiences, we know that animals suffer pain and suffering. Scientifically, we increasingly realize that many of them exhibit intelligent behaviors. It is unacceptable to think that another person is less because of their skin color or gender. Therefore, it is unfair to treat animals disrespectfully. Instead, they deserve as much respect as you and I, if not more.
On this beautiful planet, we are the lead species. Therefore, we have a moral responsibility to protect the interests of all other life forms on this earth. And it begins by accepting them as equals. Animals are not bears to exploit; They are not toys or things. They are living creatures, just like you and me. For me, it is not whether animals can think or speak, but rather about “Many are suffering.”
“I hope that one day the time will come when men see the killing and harm of animals as they now see the killing of men.” – A wish from Leonardo da Vinci.
A final word about animals
Have you seen how factory farms or slaughterhouses did their feats? What if it had glass walls? Could you still be able to look them in the eye and tell them that you can’t see the pain they are enduring? I can not.
I worked as a veterinarian’s assistant. And sometimes, she had to look into their eyes before she left them. They have feelings. So I decided to quit smoking and find a better way to help them!
As a result, I believe that animals deserve the opportunity to live a healthy and happy life. People are not better because they use tools or are brilliant. And it is intolerable to exploit innocent creatures, sometimes in very cruel ways. They can feel and, at some point, think like us. So animals deserve respect as much as we do. Let’s start now.