We made a contract with animals-
Sure, there was no fine print. Surely, nobody from their team had the ability to read it or sign it or veto it. They just had to lower their defenses and give in.
We tricked them
— But even one-sided contracts are contracts.
“We will domesticate you,” it read. “We will trade you for profit like a commodity. We will make all possible uses of you and we will even expect you to love us unconditionally. In return we will give you the food and shelter as long at it is convenient to us…”
The stupid animals didn’t even hear us beyond the phrase “Unconditional Love.”
They were sold.
They were duped.
Somewhere down the line, we forgot our promise because we humans have the one basic thing these animals lack- GREED.
They are still stuck on the phrase. “Unconditional Love.”
Every festival we have be it Easter, Thanksgiving, Bakr-Eid, Gadhimai, Christmas; we find an excuse to feast on their flesh.
Sometimes in the name of religion.
Sometimes in the name of dating, family get-togethers, feasts, partying with the boys/girls, graduations, weddings, birthdays- we celebrate all our events by murdering them.
Such is our GREED.
Sometimes in the name of entertainment- we maim and mutilate them. We profit off their pain and suffering.
And if killing them isn’t enough, we scare them with our celebrations. At Holi we colour them with chemicals on their skin. On Diwali and independence day fireworks spoof and scare them.
Every 4th of July the shelter gets the MAXIMUM number of dogs and cats those have been abandoned or run away scared. The Euthanasia rates of cute dogs and cats triples on the week following July 4th.
We read this and say- Ohhhhh that’s horrible. But the following year, the following festival- even our need to see fireworks super-cedes the life of a dog.
Our independence celebrations mean their independence from their life.
When are we going to honour our end of the social contract we made with the animals?
When will we be honest and fair and have equal rights – The very foundations of this nation and humanity?