Animal Rights Movement
Heidi Purnama, Division 1, 6th grade #ws17e-s1d1

People say that everybody and everything in the world is unique in their own way, and I agree with that. Not only do we look different on the outside, but we think differently and also act differently. What makes me distinct from the rest of the crowd is the way I act towards animals. Others think animals can get annoying and useless at some points but we may never know how useful they actually are until they disappear.

A miracle happened two years ago. A lovebird was on the streets, abandoned and unclaimed, so our family kept it. We named it Keewee, and she was happy and healthy for about one year. Her past was probably not so good. On her right talon, one claw was gone― cut clean off. Keewee loved being outside, and every morning we put her out on the porch, and in the evening we took her back inside. But one day, when I was coming home, I ran to Keewee, excited to see her, and that’s when it happened. The thing about miracles is that they don’t last long. Keewee’s head was dangling next to her limp body, and her eyes were closed.

The act of being empathetic is to share and understand the emotions of others. Because animals are not as developed as us humans, they can’t speak a language in a way that others can understand them. Animals are my main purpose of life. I like to think that I was created to impact the world in a way that makes people realize the wrongs we need to right. I recoil at the thought that animals are treated more like property than living beings. It is that perverse worldview that led to mass exterminations of whole species throughout history. Even today, it justifies the killing of wildlife, deplorable conditions for agricultural animals, the avoidable use of animals in research and the indifferent treatment of captive animals. Mahatma Gandhi always included animals in his commitment to nonviolence, stating, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” One can only imagine what Gandhi’s reaction would be to seeing calves taken away from their mothers the day that they are born and immobilized in veal crates or chickens whose beaks are seared off with a hot blade to prevent them from fighting for space in tiny, cramped cages.

“The worst sins towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity,”- George Bernard Shaw. The world can change a lot, just by us humans changing the way we act towards animals. It is not our place, even as the most powerful beings, to wear, experiment on, eat, and use animals. Animals’ actions are influenced by ours. If we don’t provoke them, they won’t harm us, and if we don’t mistreat them, they will continue to exist for the sake of our human necessities.
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