Monday, August 27, 2018

Animals cannot speak for themselves. Animals may groan or suffer in silence. Humans cannot or will not choose to understand what they wish to say. Their eyes speak volumes. However, we avoid looking into their eyes. “Why bother?”

Why bother indeed.

I believe every human being is in a unique position to help less fortunate mute animals who are suffering right before our eyes. Some may suffer from some ailment and will eventually die unless treated. Some may suffer perpetual pangs of hunger. All they need is some food. We humans have it in our power to do something.

It will not get you money. It will not get you praises. It will, however, give you a sense of satisfaction inside. The animal’s soul may thank you even if no one else will.

We pass by dogs, stray cats and even cows. Some are ill or hurt in accidents. Surely you can just make a phone call to a charitable trust that takes care of stray animals in your city? It does not cost much. However, if you just spare a minute to phone animal treatment charitable clinics they will send an ambulance and treat the animal. You do not even have to remain present but it will be nice of you if you do.

Animals in your locality or somewhere else suffer hunger pangs. If every one of us just spares one chapati or 100 grams of milk or food, imagine, no animal in our locality would go hungry. It costs less. You probably throw away a lot of food. Surely you can give a thought to animals and their hunger? Remember ever having gone hungry?

Some owners treat their animals with cruelty or neglect them because they do not wish to spend. There is a society for prevention of cruently to animals (SPCA) in your area. It does not take much effort to place a phone call. You could stop cruelty and illtreatment of animals.

Ever thought of adopting a dog or a cat? Unfortunately in India the concept of shelters for animals is in a primordial stage. Still, if you find it in you then you can adopt an animal at a local shelter. Just spare a few moment of your time to give some affection to the dog or cat. Unlike humans, they will always feel gratitude for you. Children desert parents when they grow up but animals..they will always stay true to you. You get a million-fold love in return.

Violence against animals in city streets and in rural is common. Dogs and cats come in for some violent treatment. Inhuman people beat a dog, fracture bones and the animal eventually dies. Surely we can raise a voice against cruelty to animals and unnecessary violence?

Signs of animal abuse:

  • Lack of food and water
  • Untreated injuries or illness
  • Animals left outside with no shelter in extreme cold or heat
  • Extreme barking
  • Open wounds on animal’s body
  • Missing hair patches
  • Animal abandonment
  • Constantly chained dogs
What’s next? You saw an animal abuse or being neglected. What action you will take now?

Make a call – Make an emergency call to your local animal protection organization right there using your mobile. If you do not know any organization, call Police and let them know the complete situation. You may request them not to disclose your identity but be sure to provide them your contact details in case they need to inquire you.

Take pictures and videos – If possible take pictures and videos of the situation. Location, date and time, information about the people and animals involved will help much more than just a complaint.

Teach children to love animals – Do not beat or neglect animals in front of your children. Tell your children that animals too have emotions and can feel pain and hurt.  Teach your children to offer love, care to animals.

Volunteer – Once the abused animal got rescued, he/she will get proper treatment and after that gets transferred to a shelter home where he/she will need love and care. You can join the volunteer program and spend some time of the week for taking care of such rescued animals. This small task will surely get them recover faster.

So if you see or suspect any cruelty, don’t just stand there. Report it immediately.
Always remember, your one call may be a life changing and lifesaving call. The victim may get rescued from life threatening or miserable situation.

Is there a human being inside you?

Animal abuse is a crime and more the individual get punish, the less likely others dare to do the same. Animals are voiceless, so it’s our responsibility to become their voice and save them from mistreatment.

Readers, have you ever witnessed any cruelty? Have you taken any action? Please share your experience. It will really be very inspirational to other readers.

I request everyone who reads this to share phone numbers of SPCA and mobile animal treatment vans in their city.

If you wish you can make a donation to give a better life to rescued animals. 

Link ref : PETA India