Despite the many and varied animal programmes on our television screens, highlighting the plight of animal cruelty, it seems to be on the increase.
These pages will hopefully add weight to the current situation of animal neglect and abuse by featuring articles by writers in the field of animal rescue.
The aim of these pages is to hopefully educate and increase people's awareness of animal abuse and where possible to notify the relevant authorities to bring action against the abusers.
If you suspect an animal of being neglected or abused in any way please report it at once to the authorities in your town or city. Canvass your local schools to provide educational programmes on how to look after their pets. If you feel able to produce resources, offer to go into schools to speak to the children.
Write to your local newspapers, radio shows, your councillors, or MPs, even the prime ministers or presidents of your own countries. Animals are our companions. They share our living space with us. They provide us with love, comfort, support and companionship, They have rights. They deserve the right to a decent home, with a warm cosy bed, regular nutritious meals, regular interaction with us humans, and regular veterinary treatment when necessary.
They live in our homes, trusting us implicitly. They do not deserve to be beaten, left outside in the cold without shelter or food. They do not deserve to be ignored or left without veterinary treatment when hurt. Just because they cannot speak in our language to us, doesn't mean they are lower in the order of things. They are sentient beings; they feel pain; they feel grief; they can know joy and we have no right to rob them of a decent life.
‘Compassion is most important for happiness. We must treat fellow human beings as equal, that is very important, but also all beings who have capacity for feeling. So the innate desire for happiness that is the basis of human rights extends to all sentient beings, including animals and insects. There are now some individuals and organisations who care about animal rights and are showing concern about the suffering or torture of animals. I have noticed among ordinary people, out of their love and compassion, growing efforts for promotion of vegetarianism. These are the right kinds of expression of compassion, very positive and encouraging signs.’
His Holiness, The Dalai Lama, February 2007 (seen on www.cornwallsvoiceforanimals.org)