Thursday, 15 September 2011

Are we like rhino poachers?

Cruelty to animals bothers me as much as it bothers most of us.  I don't understand how someone can find it in themselves to practise something that is outwardly cruel, and at times viscious.  Rhino horns being taken from live animals and the recent beating of a monkey to death by five students.  What possesses somoene to behave in this way?

Can we really afford to be adamant in our judgement of these misguided souls.  Cannot understand them for sure, however they must have a lack of neural pathways in their brain and a definite breakdown between their hearts and their heads.  Or perhaps they just don't have a clue.  Because for many of us, the same is true.

Daily, many of the actions we take are tantamount to poaching rhino.  Do we know how the livestock that we eat were raised and slaughtered.  Do we take responsibility for that or do we bury our heads in the sand?  Do we know whether the detergents we use are causing all sorts of degradation in the river and ocean ecosystems?  Do we purchase locally produced goods or do we prefer imported stuff - that would be generating more carbon emissions?

The African Penguin is endangered, largely because of human impact.  What can we do to make a change?  It is International African Penguin Day on the 8th of October - lets hope that this is going to be the beginning of some great initiatives on all our parts - to stop effectively poaching the penguin (and the environment at large).  Because it is just as cruel as what those outwardly harsh humans do.

We all need to find our own line, draw it and then know that we are conscious in the actions that we take.  Conscious to ensure that our lives are being lived with an outcome for the environment and her creatures that we are willing to accept.  Imagine that our planet is a glass house - and people in glass houses should not throw stones.  We need to put our heads down and do what needs doing, consciously.  We have the knowledge.  What are we doing with it?  For the penguins, and all others.


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