Freedom is a basic animal right just as it is for humans.
As a child, I thought it was perfectly normal for animals to be in captivity. Brainwashed by that usual human perception of dominating others and be in control. I saw dogs chained and beaten up like some sort of a worthless object… Animal parts sold, cooked and served, mothers would call them ‘HEARTY MEALS”. I was in a dilemma trying to come up with answers to my endless questions. Even as a child I did recognize the irony of raising animals (feeding and nursing them)and selling them for money — pure exploitation, but I was helpless then… These things made me realize that humans are greedy and selfish. When I was 9 years old, I started adopting strays and encouraged my friends to do the same. I thought this was my only way of giving animals the freedom and dignity they deserve. Going home after school was one my favorite times in the world, knowing I would come home to see the poor baby strays…
Animals are a beauty, they are the most loyal friends I’ve ever had…
Since then, I never stopped taking in strays. I love to spoil them and treat them like humans, I talk to them and they respond in the most amazing way.
My husband and I are now enjoying our reward of taking in these poor babies and together we hope to help more.
Animals are the smartest and most behaved even compared to many humans, given the right environment. We are here not just to exist but to live “the life”. Life means showing respect to every being and not overlooking the needs of others. The breath of life is of no charge, therefore humans have no rights to take that away from these sentient beings. Humans ought to be guardians not exploiters. If only all of us have empathy… If only we care more about life than money…
Come to think of it, it is us, HUMANS, who are caged in our distorted perception of living. But its not too late. There are many ways to correct our mistakes, if only we try. Below are some of the things we can do to make that change:
*OPEN YOUR MIND
Take time reflecting on your own, try looking at things at a different perspective.
Redefine your beliefs and principles according to how things are supposed to be done.
Slowly loosen up that stiff perception of living life according to some ridiculous societal standards. Life without harming anyone.
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*WALK THE TALK
Its only difficult at first, the “baby steps”. But you’ll get the hang of it in no time. Learn to remind yourself about your cause by reading on other people’s stories on how they help animals or you can always start with a good “mantra”.
Snap yourself out of it and just know one thing, HYPOCRISY yields nothing good. It spoils the soul and ruins integrity.
Think of your children and consider your personal legacy.
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*EDUCATE THE CHILDREN
The Children are the future, the key to sustaining our legacy lies in their basic education.”WE WERE NOT BORN PRIVILEGED BUT GIFTED, AND GIFTS ARE MEANT TO BE TREASURED”.
“GOOD BRAINWASHING” is proper and conscientious training.Teach them the that “empathy” matters and that giving is better than receiving.
Introduce pets to your kids, teach them responsibility and animal rights
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*START IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD
Take good care of your own animals. They are your family(not just pets) and responsibility. Give them attention and love because they deserve nothing less.
Do not hoard. Hoarding is abuse.
“Adopt, don’t buy”, children will learn from you. Be a role model and refrain from confusing them.
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Find ways to help animals. Whether adopting, fostering, reporting animal violence, sharing awareness using social media, becoming VEGANS, etc.
Be vigilant and conscientious. Help animals in distress by assisting them yourself or calling for rescue.
Share your passion for animals to others. Sometimes people just need your own story to encourage them, so never miss the chance.
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*BE FIRM AND CONSISTENT
Do not hesitate to stand up for what is right, animals do not have that voice to protect themselves.
Do it now. “Every second counts, in our struggle to save the lives of animals. The volume of animals being killed is shattering. Imagine the screen size you would need to fit this graphic if it contained the worldwide statistics. The number of land animals slaughtered worldwide for food: 62 billion animals killed everyyear.”
Be decisive. Own up to your standards, let other people adjust not you.
Lastly, step out of your comfort zone. This is the only way you’ll keep it real.
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Originally published at www.quora.com.