The Animal Was Not Where It Should Have Been

First of all, I would like to thank Pat Daily @feraldaughters for giving me this remarkable prompt to write upon. Do give his website a visit, let me tell you, he has got a thrilling sci-fi novel!

I had been tossing and turning this line in my head for a few days, the animal was not where it should have been, and I have figured that it can have many meanings. What follows is my apprehension, and I am so welcome to hear yours!

Throughout history, animals have never been where they should have been. It is the sense of being the apex species in humans that lead them to abase all others forms of life. Animals have ended up on our plates, in concrete-floored cages, in circuses, in breeding mills…

And why so? When great leaders such as Nelson Mandela and Gandhi believed in the inherent capacity of goodness in others, why can’t we see? Why can’t we hear their cries, why can’t we see their tears!? Why are people unable to see that what they are eating, just had a family a few hours back? Probably he was a father, a son, a mother, a daughter!

This mental block is known as ‘Cognitive Disosance’ in psychological terms. One knows what he/she is doing is ethically wrong, but we seem to ignore the voice shouting, “STOP IT!’ from inside.

We hold lengthy debates on human rights in the United Nations, but what about humane rights? Just because a living being doesn’t speak our tongue, means it is devoid of feelings? Imagine the horror and the pain that a fish experiences when its jaw gets ruptured by the hook…

We seem to have captured the whole of the Earth, established an empire that is destined to fall. It is a cycle of Karma, what we are doing today, we may have to face tomorrow. Why tomorrow? Look around you today, people are suffering all around!

We must break out of the social bonds, and feel for our animal counterparts. We must conserve the fragile eco-systems of the Earth before it’s too late…

I, for one, wouldn’t like to live on an Earth without the soft blades of grass, the blue waters, or the melodious sounds of nature… 

~ Arnav Gupta

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17 thoughts on “The Animal Was Not Where It Should Have Been

  1. I LOVE this post. I am also happy to tell you there are many voices joining mine in opposition to the idea of capturing and killing 35 coyotes in our local park. They would use leg traps, which cause horrendous pain, and which could catch other animals instead as well, and then kill them. Ouch! I can’t bear the idea…

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  2. I do not have a problem with eating meat, I do have a problem with how the animals are slaughtered and agree that we should treat animals humanely. And I hate those leg traps. They should be outlawed, totally. Right now we are at a tipping point and it can go either way. Saving the planet from ruin is one thing and saving our lives depends on what we do in the next 10 years.

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    1. Hm… Even if you provide the animals the best life on the farm, and suddenly make them come face to face with a butcher won’t be that good! Imagine the pain they feel when they are just… cut open.
      And yes, leg traps should be made illegal. Death by starvation is the worst. Imagine your predators around you but you can’t escape. It is indeed the tipping point, we must act now, save ourselves and our planet.

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    2. Time Traveller, you think as many people do, that they are humane compassionate people as long as they only eat “humane” meat, and I have no wish to offend you but I’m sure that if you really thought about it you’d realise that meat can never be humane. Would it be okay to kill and butcher a human child as long as he or she was kept in luxury for their first five years? Of course not. You know this.


  3. Remarkable post, brother! Very lovely thought. This is a cycle of Karma indeed snd we’re not doing ourselves any good. Liked this thought very much “What was in your plate might have had a family few hours back.” Well done! Such an amazingly effective post! 👌

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    1. Oh, thank you so much Sam! We indeed aren’t doing ourselves any good, for the tables can turn any moment! I am glad that you consider my post effective, I really hope that it will make people consider their choices 🙂 ~ Arnav

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