London Zoo, London, England (Accredited Times). Animals are oppressed victims. Somewhere between the most oppressed in society (Jews) and the least oppressed (open for debate), are animals.
Let’s face it, we either eat them, ‘own them as pets’, or else run them over in our 4×4’s before barbecuing the ‘road kill’. Sadly, we also still have zoos so that kids can torture captive lions by parading past them rather than offering themselves as protein supplements.
John Sakars alone cannot save the animals. He is but a lone voice to protest the everyday murder of creatures who share over 90% of our DNA. Whilst Muslims pray for animals and kill them in a humane manner, this cannot be said for all religions.
It is down to each and every one of us to liberate animals from the captivity which the Bible normalised. Here is the offending verse from the Bible which animals most hate, Genesis 1:28:
´Further, God blessed them, and God said to them: “Be fruitful and become many, fill the earth and subdue it, and have in subjection the fish of the sea and the flying creatures of the heavens and every living creature that is moving on the earth.”
Ask yourself this: outside of a sadomasochistic chamber, would you be prepared to live in ‘subjection’?
I thought not.
Animals need to be protected under the constitution and given full voting rights. They also need living wages as well as the normal reproduction/health rights. Especially rabbits. Are these not also sentient beings? Since a nation is judged by how it treats its most vulnerable, history will look unfavorably on us because of our treatment of animals.
Buddhism is the most noble and peaceful of all the world religions and has great respect for all living beings. Buddhism recognizes, for example, that the late humanitarian David Rockefeller may have reincarnated as a snake and therefore needs to be respected.
In short, due to humanity’s role as custodian of this planet, we need to adopt animals to help them grow into useful world citizens. They should have the right to vote, share in the benefits of new technology, and to have a voice in our future.