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Animal Cruelty – Take Action, Punekars!

>Yashodhan Burange Yashodhan Burange
October 01, 2016

It won’t take a lot of guessing to figure out how many people like pets. Pets, and not animals, let’s broaden the concept for argument’s sake. Sadly, our empathy and our love is mostly channeled and restricted towards our furry buddies at home. We all rely on a good samaritan who will do what we should all be doing in reality, helping stray animals. However, understandably, not everyone can do it. Common courtesy would be to get out of the way of those who are actually doing something nice, yes? Not proving to be a hindrance is the least we can do, but something outrageous has been occurring on our streets lately. It’s time we took a stand against this atrocity.

This Monday, we witnessed an unusual event which astounded us. It was all over the news; a citizen of the reputed Mahatma Colony (Kothrud) assaulted two females who were feeding three stray puppies. These puppies had lost their mother and were beyond scared, the human thing to do would have been to adopt or the least, provide them with a shelter till further help arrived. The two females were volunteers of an Animal Rights Activist group and they were brutally hit by this man for feeding the puppies. Several news channels broadcasted this news, it went viral. The man was taken into custody but was (sadly) released after a laughable fine. Elite residential area, yet absolutely uneducated mentality.

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Another shocking incident occurred in Hinjewadi, near a reputed township. Nala, a pregnant dog, was kicked, yes, kicked repeatedly, which resulted in severe trauma. She was seen by a resident with a dead puppy hanging from her mouth, she later gave birth to six more puppies. All deformed and in obvious shock, none of these puppies survived. On further enquiry, it was found that the people living in this township had taken matters in their own hands; they had told security guards to hit Nala. Reason being that she was howling the entire previous night. Quite troublesome, the residents declared shamelessly.

These are literally just two cases, two cases which would absolutely infuriate a stable minded individual. Several more cases haven’t even been officially reported; they’ll never be reported because our government and our security forces think of animal rights as a joke, apparently.

animal-rights-for-final-blog-assignment-eng24-s36A very simple question remains to be asked, would you treat a human being the same way? Would you assault a man for helping a starving beggar kid? Would you kick a pregnant woman repeatedly just because she cannot contain her pain? Animals, feel pain. Yes, unfortunately, this needs to be declared, but stray animals have feelings, not just our pets. If you cannot relieve them off their pain, do not put them through some more of it. It does not take much to be a good human being; you don’t always have to go out of the way to help someone. Not aggravating or deteriorating something tragic often works, you’re doing a good deed just by not making an animal suffer. Please, don’t take their pain lightly. Let’s bring back humanity; we won’t survive if it’s kept as just a word we read about on the Internet or a few books.

Here’s a message from Neepa Rai, a member of the animal rights’ activist group. The same group which has those two assaulted females as volunteers (from the first incident mentioned above).

“I believe that animals have as much right to live as human beings. Animals cannot fight for their rights, and that is why we need to do it for them. We see so many people going out of the way to harm animals. I know that there are so many people who are scared of dogs, or other animals. It’s fine if they are, but at least don’t cause any harm to them. If you don’t harm an animal, it won’t harm you. PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk has rightly said, “When it comes to pain, love, joy, loneliness, and fear, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy. Each one values his or her life and fights the knife.”
You should try feeding a starving animal once, the happiness you’ll feel within, is priceless. Today, the world is in even more need for compassion than ever before. We need people to work for animals. We need to start teaching children to be more compassionate towards all living beings. They need to be more sensitive towards all living things.”

To Volunteer: http://www.resqct.org/ and bluecrosspune@gmail.com

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