Cruelty to animals




Cruelty to animals


          It is a common sight in villages and towns that heavy loads on carts are driven by bulls, horses, camels and donkeys. While already over burdened, they are flogged mercilessly. They are under fed, lean and thin. In the age of science such sights are abominable. Why not to use self driven devices in these carriages? Living animals are sacrificed to propitiate gods and goddesses. The dog is ubiquitous in every Indian street and road. The inhuman treatment of this faithful animal is unbearable. They are driven here and there by lathis of the residents. Cows roaming in cities during day and feeding on the domestic waste, speak of the plight of the animal considered sacred by the Hindus. The use of animals in circuses, enslaving monkeys for livelihood and use of bears and birds by street jugglers are serious acts of cruelty against animals. Poaching and illegal trade in skins and bones of rare animals is a common practice. Indians are said to be most compassionate. But when we come across many instances of cruelty against animals, it appears that we are hypocrites. The provisions of Wild Life Act should be severely used against the violators of the rights of the animals. Even the slaughter houses should be conditioned on humanitarian grounds. It will avoid agony and cruelty to the helpless creatures. They deserve our pity because they are uncomplaining creatures and submit silently to every kind of torture committed on them by man. Medical experi¬¨ments are conducted on rats and frogs. The pain caused to them can be only imagined. We must learn to treat animals as having emotions and feelings, capacity for joy and sorrow. Once we acknowledge this truth we might change our attitude towards them.