/A Pawsome Planet

A Pawsome Planet

As very rightly said by Mahatma Gandhi, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. Unfortunately, that is not the case in today’s world. According to PETA, 1 animal is abused every minute, 71% of individuals connected to domestic violence have also abused animals or pets, and dogs comprise 65% of all animal abuse. Along with that, 35,000 elephants get poached every year for ivory, and Fin Soup is made after the illegal killing of over 100 million sharks!

Though we all appal at these statistics, all of us are part of the problem. Animals have hearts that feel, eyes that see, and families to care for, just like all of us! Examples of animal cruelty are lack of food, water, shelter, sanitization, abandonment on the streets, animals tied or caged, etc.

The reason for this problem is us, humans. Sometimes, animal abuse is done to gain a sense of power, threaten others, intimidate others, gain pleasure from others pain, or for religious purposes! To summarize, we all are part of a global problem, which will later affect us. But we can be part of the solution too!

A few ways to protect our animals is to reduce intake of red meat, planting trees to save habitats, donate to rescue groups, be responsible pet owners, and most importantly, lend a helping paw and be a friend to them!

To conclude, there are alternative methods to everything such as switching to plant-based meat and volunteering for shelters. In the end, we aren’t the only beings on this planet, so let’s be responsible global citizens. The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that we have the right to abuse animals is wrong because animal rights are not wrong.

Written by Saanvi Mehrotra (MYP 1A)