“The greatness of a nation is judged by the way it treats its animals”, said Mahatma Gandhi once as he was leading India through the country’s fight for independence from the colonial rulers.
But long before animal activism became a global movement and animal laws were enacted in India in their present form, there are pointers that India as a nation has revered nature, its flora and fauna.
The earliest laws of conservation date back to as early as 3rd Century B.C when Emperor Ashoka had banned killing and hunting of all animals in his kingdom.
Images depicted in ancient Indian art and wall carvings, the notes and stories mentioned in Indian scriptures and fables like Panchatantra and Hitopdesha, all of these reflect the ethos of conservation and reverence for animals.
But as India moves ahead in the rat-race for being a developed country, morals and ethos are being left behind and superseded by an insensitivity and egotistical attitude that is hard to comprehend.
Unseen they suffer, unheard they cry; In Agony they linger, in loneliness they die; Does it mean anything to you or anyone who passes by?”
These words penned above epitomize the pain, the suffering that millions of animals endure at the hand of humans every single day.
Though killing or torturing humans is considered to be a crime instantaneously, many amongst us perhaps pay mute witnesses to incidences of animal cruelty happening all around us.
The fact is that laws do exist in this country of ours for protection of cruelty towards animals.
However, few people and even fewer policemen and lawyers are aware of these laws and in the wake of human ignorance on these laws, animals are helpless and fall victims to needs and deeds of humans.
Humans can still protest against cruelty meted out to them, they have a voice to raise alarm, hands to hit back.
The animals sadly don’t have those options either, so in effect they are defenceless in the face of the cruelty humans mete out to them, be it for their own pleasure, benefit or to fulfil their sadistic desires!
- What do you mean by animal ethics? What does the subject matter of animal ethics include?
- Why should we respect animals?
- Why should we be concerned about animals when so many humans are suffering in the world?
20 marks / 250 words.
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