Today is World Animal Day.
It started since 1931 in Florence, Italy. The 4th of October was originally
chosen for World Animal Day because it is the feast day of Francis of Assisi, a nature lover and patron saint
of animals and the environment. World Animal Day has become a day for remembering and paying tribute to
all animals and the people who love and respect them.
I heard a true story from my colleague, the cat being chopped off both of his hand and abandon in agony.
Luckily, a lady who rescued and adopted the cat and he survived until now, about 3 years.
Even though he can’t walk like normal cat but he can jump like kangaroo.
Whenever, his owner shared his story, she shed tears.
How about you? How do you feel?
Can you imagine how cruel our thought can be? How cruel our action on torturing the animals?
Why can’t we treat animals same as us? They can feel the PAIN, the FEAR, the LOVE, The DEATH, the SEPARATION with family, ……
The only difference, they can’t express themselves in our language and they are lacking of intellect.
We, the intelligent beings think that we can control the animals and assume they BELONG to us.
We can do anything on them.
Is it TRUE?
We should use our intellect to love, to protect and not kill or harm them.
Put your self in their shoes, feel them……IMAGINE you are one of the animals, before you order your next “STEAK”.
Close your eyes now. Imagine the process of waiting for dying, fear, worry, pain ………
The celebration time of us is the suffering moment of animals.
Think about what types of meal we are actually order for any celebration….
e.g. Birthday celebration, wedding celebration, New Year, Anniversary, gathering……..
Why should we cause suffering to other animal in order to satisfy our sensual desire?
Why should we take the life of animals in the name of celebration?
Think about it before your next celebration party, perhaps you can experience a meat- free celebration party.
Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures.
By Dalai Lama XIV
Happy World Animal Day!