My dog training lead me on to dog behaviour and then on to animal behaviour and into the world of animal welfare and animal rights. It's been an interesting journey. I thought I'd drag you all along for the ride. This thread is dedicated to the non-human creatures that share our space.
Here is something from Albert Schweitzer on his philosophy of reverence for life
“I am life which wills to live, in the midst of life which wills to live. As in my own will
to live there is a longing for wider life and pleasure, with dread of annihilation and pain; so is it also in the will to live all around me, whether it can express itself before me or remains dumb. The will to live is everywhere present, even as in me. If I am a thinking being, I must regard life other than my own with equal reverence, for I shall know that it longs for fullness and development as deeply as I do myself. Therefore, I see that evil is what annihilates, hampers, or hinders life. And this holds true whether I regard it physically or spiritually. Goodness, by the same token, is the saving or helping of life, the enabling of whatever life I can to attain its highest development.”
If you would like to add your name to the list of people who would like a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare to go through the United Nations click here
Here is what it's about ...
"About the Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare campaign
Animals can suffer and feel pain. There is, however, inadequate protection for vast numbers of animals in many parts of the world. Animals continue to suffer needlessly due to intentional and unintentional cruelty, ignorance and neglect.
There is an urgent need for an international commitment to protect animals and their welfare. Such a commitment would inspire political leaders, organisations and individuals to treat animals better and will be the beginning of the end of animal cruelty across the world. It is our responsibility to ensure that animals are given the protection they deserve and that the indisputable link between animal welfare, the protection of people and the planet is recognised.
Achieving such a commitment in the form of a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UDAW) is a vital springboard to changes in policies and legislation, improve enforcement and inspire positive attitudes towards animals in every corner of the world. Achieving this at the United Nations will create the required pressure for governments to put in place firm laws and enforcement for animal welfare."