BEFORE - AFTER: ANIMALS
The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
I have heard many people say that they feel more compassion towards a dog than a human being, and given what our fellow human beings are doing to one another, sometimes I can sympathize with the sentiment, not that I completely agree. Ignorance is indeed a mighty opponent.
Here in Nepal animals like cows and dogs are sometimes treated with a kind of veneration – adorned with floral leis (wreaths) and offered food, especially during the big Dashein festival.
Many have the impression that cruelty to animals is non-existent here. Sadly, this is far from true.Our four-legged friends often suffer more than our two-legged ones.
What is needed is a shift in consciousness – a broadening and deepening of compassion, and simple education. It seems that the eyes of some need to be opened. The best way is to lead by example.
Seeing animals as beings with feelings – creatures that experience pain and love – this is an important step to creating a world filled with dignity, respect and compassion. When we respect animals in practice, not just in theory, we are moving in the right direction.
Lessening the suffering of other life forms on this planet is a beautiful gesture, and a vital lesson for the children in our care. At Happy Children we try to help mistreated animals whenever we can, and more importantly, we use the opportunity to inculcate a sense of compassion and responsibility into the young minds under our roof.
Learning how to give starts in small ways, and a huge bonus is the love and loyalty one gets from such a rescued animal. Children are able to work through their own trauma by becoming the giver, or the helper, instead of the victim.
What better way to make the world a little better?
If this resonates with you, I urge you to add your small kindness, in your own way, to the life-nurturing stream of help that we are trying to encourage.