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Stop cruelty against animals

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Prevention of animal cruelty is very much necessary and is the need of today considering insensitivity that is on the rise amongst people. What makes cruelty to animals morally unpardonable and unacceptable, over and above human cruelty? Humans can still protest against cruelty meted out to them, they have a voice to raise, 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. Such cruelty, letting them suffer in pain sends a shiver through the spine. Until the laws against animal cruelty don’t become stringent, such heinous crimes will not stop taking place. It is high time the government acts on this issue. Moreover, it’s not only up to the legal system to ensure that communities across the country are aware and educated about animal cruelty. It is our job too to be the voice for creatures who cannot speak up for themselves. Be a ‘voice for the voiceless.’ To grow as a nation, we must fight for these abused animals’ rights and severely punish ‘heartless’ owners. No reasonable, conscientious person would ignore a child being beaten, hit or kicked. Neither should anyone turn a blind eye to animal abuse! It is up to us to speak for these creatures who lack a voice. As Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

– Akash Kumar

(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)

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