Healthy Living: Treating Animals with Respect and Care
A is for Aardvark, B is for Bald Eagle and C is for Cheetah and HEALTHY LIVING is not just a statement it’s a state of mind. Making Healthy choices shouldn’t just extend to Homo sapiens but it must spread deep into the animal kingdom as well. We simply must love dogs, cats, monkeys, elephants and the like. In the similar way we appreciate and adore our family and friends, we have to start treating animals with that same kind of respect and care.
Upon hearing the words “Animal Kingdom” a myriad of thoughts might pop into one’s head. There are many types of animal lovers. You have the Disney, animated, fan who simply cannot live without Simba, Mufasa or that wonderful fish named Nemo. There is the domesticated animal enthusiast who absolutely adores his dog Fido or his furry, feline, Fifi (Mais oui bien sur). You also have the Dr. Seuss devotee who positively loves “The Cat In The Hat”. Regardless of your preference treating animals with respect and care goes a long way!
When you own a pet, it not only deserves your respect, but it also relies on you to survive. Animal welfare organizations demand that we treat animals with compassion and respect. To the question “why?” the usual answer is because we are ethical beings and it is the right thing to do! As humans, we tend to take the most important people and animals, who are in our lives for granted. But when we remind ourselves how important those people and animals (Not necessarily in that order) are we will more then likely take better care of one another.
It couldn’t hurt to take animals feelings into consideration. You never know when you might come face to face with a tomcat. Another reason for treating animals with respect and care is that animals are similar to us in more ways then one. Many animals are highly intelligent beings that are capable of showing emotional anguish and can feel immense pain.Something most of us humans know all too well.
NOTE TO SELF:
Having compassion and empathy for furry, feathered, and finned friends are vital to the animal kingdom and humanity.
Why not start at the beginning? When you read, you begin with A.B.C. and then we go on from there. Teaching our kids to respect and to protect even the smallest animals is an important life lesson. Today more than ever, parents and educators are looked upon to help shape young students into exemplary citizens and innovators. By adding information about the welfare of animals to the mix we will surely create compassionate and thoughtful leaders.
THINGS YOU CAN DO NOW
- Go to your local animal shelter and volunteer to help care for homeless animals.
- Plant flowers and shrubbery for butterflies, bees, and other wildlife in your backyard.
- Take a walk on the beach, in the woods, or by a stream, pick up plastic bottles, and other trash that can kill birds, dolphins, and other animals.
- Watch the “Lady and the Tramp”
- Talk to the animals
DID YOU KNOW:
Every October 4, the world celebrates Animal Welfare Day to raise concern for the treatment of animals. The Jane Goodall Institute believes that in order to improve the wellbeing of animals it requires urgent attention from each one of us.
Other ways to help animals… Paw through the PETA website. PETA stands for “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals”. Now that’s not too shabby.