It is not only people who need charity. Animals also need it, maybe much more so because they are usually unable to ask for what they need. There may be a slight difference however in the manner of handing out charity to animals as compared as to how it is given to humans.
Charity to animals involves protection from abuse, provision of a suitable home, rescue from maltreatment, and support of laws that will enable the authorities to prosecute violators of animal rights. Animals rights advocates are concerned about allowing animals to lead their lives in the absence of suffering imposed by humans. Critics to this thinking have been quick to point out that animals are unable to enter into contracts and are therefore not entitled to rights.
There is another thinking that animals can be used to serve human purpose as long as they are not made to go through any suffering. This is quite a complicated issue since some specifically point out to animal farming, animal entertainment, and laboratory experiments as one of the culprits that has brought undue suffering to countless animals. There are concerns about cramped cages, stressful living, and cruel deaths.
Animals serve various functions in relation to their relationship with humans. Some become pets and trusted companions but many end up in circuses, laboratories, and farms. Many who are best left in the wild are being captured to make products intended for human use such as bags, shoes, and many others. Animals form the bulk of man’s food source which is questioned by animal advocates for any basis as to why this is allowed to happen.
Organizations have been established for the specific purpose of protecting animals. Their success so far remains wanting. Humans still have a long way of really understanding what charity to animals really mean.
Originally posted on August 31, 2012 @ 10:54 am