How many of you have come across someone who has said to you, “it’s just an animal!”? Well, I don’t know about you, but I can’t even express how frustrating this is to me.
A young blogger contacted me about a debate she is having with someone over the use of animals in entertainment. It sounds like their discussion has gotten heated and the last thing I know is that he said the following comment about elephants, “Their tusks are useful and men want to use them. They are just animals.” This was very upsetting for the blogger.
God created everything, including animals. In fact, animals were here first. Check out the following video.
Because human beings have the “power” in this world does not mean they are to use it any way they want.
The main points I am always trying to make on my blog are:
- that animals are God’s creation and we do not have the right to harm them, nor was this God’s intention for his creatures
- that animals are feeling beings (although to me this is common sense)
- to stop and look at things from an animal’s perspective (it isn’t just about us)
- to encourage others to stand up for them, to be their voice
Animals are the forgotten ones, the weaker ones, and this can be a cruel world.
The blogger who contacted me also said “OH I AM SO OUTRAGED AND HOW WRONG THIS IS!!! I just wanted to get someone else as angry at this/tell someone about it. AHRG.” Well, she got it. I am angry!
I wrote this post on a whim when she shared this with me because I too am sick & tired of hearing “it’s just an animal!” I am hoping you can share with this young blogger (and with me) any thoughts, any ideas you have about what to say to a person who makes this comment. The blogger is a teenager with a passion for animals and I want to help and encourage her. Not only will your thoughts help myself and the young blogger but it will help all of us so we are more ready the next time someone says “it’s just an animal!”
So, what would you say? Please keep your comments about this clean though. I know this topic can be infuriating to some of us. Thank you!