What if animals could speak?

| Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 23:19
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As humans, shouldn't there be equal rights for animals?

What if animals could speak? What if they could pour their hearts out like us humans? Many of us have seen people standing up for animal rights but at the end of the day the same story goes on. The humans raise their voices against the voiceless and the sufferer (suffers) from its agony.

The voice remains unheard and the story of agony is imprinted on human minds and several social media platforms.

‘Animal rights is the idea that some, or all, non-human animals are entitled to the possession of their own lives and that their most basic interests—such as the need to avoid suffering—should be afforded the same consideration as similar interests of human beings’. But do they get their right?

In our society, where it takes years to give justice to humans, will voiceless animals get their right? If not when alive, at least when dead?

Cruelty is a crime. It doesn’t matter who the sufferer is. The crime should be avoided to bring peace in the society and to set an example in the world.

Recently, we had seen a case of animal cruelty when a police horse named ‘Shaktiman’ had to lose his life. Shaktiman had suffered multiple fractures on its hind leg during a BJP protest last month, prompting nationwide outrage. Though, the brave horse’s leg was later fitted with an artificial leg, he couldn’t suffer the pain and succumbed to the injuries leaving many animal lovers with moist eyes after 37 days of a brave battle.

BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi, accused of assaulting Shaktiman, was arrested after national outrage over the incident.

To prevent animals from being victimised, more stringent laws against animal assaulters need to be framed so that people like Joshi refrain from such brutal acts.

To ensure animals are spared from cruelty and horrific deaths, the Centre and the state governments need to come together to draft stringent measures and take strict action against animal cruelty.

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