Like it or not, animals have rights too


I read a letter in the Express on Wednesday, ‘Treat strays with compassion,’ (Page 15) and I’m sure the gist of the letter is quite familiar to many people, more so, those with a degree of compassion for animals.

A few people in the neighborhood where my parents reside decided to adopt some stray cats to help reduce the proliferation of rats in the area. Many were concerned about the serious and, possibly fatal diseases transmitted by rats.

Lo and behold, a few days later, they woke up to the dismal sight of poisoned cats scattered in their yards and in the road.

People, the world is in crisis. Climate change is a real threat to our existence. There’s Covid-19 that has killed many people and has negatively impacted so many families. We are left to wonder what’s next?

To a large degree, many people have a no-tolerance attitude toward animals. They feel as though they alone ought to exist. I believe God’s intention is for all his creatures to coexist. He gave man dominion over animals hoping that man would exercise patience and tolerance and take care of his creations. Is it any wonder the world is in such a dire crisis?

I, for one, prefer to live in a neighbourhood with compassionate people instead of criminals, perverts and drug lords.

Animal rights groups and professional people who are themselves animal lovers ought to support animal activists by providing legal advice and representation. While the criminals stand united against the police and decent citizens, animal rights activists usually stand alone. That’s not right. Where are the compassionate people in Gulf View and other areas?

Is it that the road to hell is paved with good intentions?

One day in their miserable lives, people who ill-treat an animal will pay.

He is after all among many things, a vengeful God. Come on people, stand for the right things and the country will be a better place.

S Mahabir
Port of Spain