One of the World’s Largest Elephants, a 45 year old named Satao, was killed by Ivory Poachers in Kenya last month.

Years ago I worked for an incredibly wealthy man. He would travel to Africa 2 times a year to go Elephant hunting. He would pay $20,000 – $30,000 each time just for a license to hunt these incredible animals. His house and offices were museums of dead African animals killed on his vacations, now hanging on his walls. Months later a box would arrive at his home…with the tusks in it. One of the most grotesque things in his house was a sitting stool made out of the leg of an elephant. Look at the picture above. This stool was like cutting off one of the elephants legs at the knee and sticking a cushion on it. It was Horrible! Obviously he thought that his money gave him the right to kill one of these majestic beings and make stools out of their legs!

Reportedly 20,000 African Elephants were killed in 2013.

The incident with Satao is obvious evidence of the abuse of animals, but it is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to extent of abuse and our mentality that animals are expendable beings. We think they are expendable for food, for sport, for entertainment, for clothing and of course for profit. Why is it that we as humans think we have the right, to own, eat and kill animals at will?

We have rights? Do animals have rights?

Do they deserve to vote? I wish they could! I wish they could speak out! I would love to hear their side of the story, their perspective of todays world.

As author Peter Singer states “Equality does not require equal or identical treatment, it requires equal consideration.” But because they do not have a voice, we fall short in our consideration of the animals.

Just like us, animals, our fellow beings, should have the right to live free from suffering and exploitation.

Yet this is far from reality especially in industries such as the food industry where factory farming prevails.

Animals feel in the same ways that we do as humans.They suffer just like you and I. They certainly can feel pain. They feel pleasure. They get scared. They get lonely and they know love. If you have a pet you know this is without a doubt true.

PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk said, “When it comes to pain, love, joy, loneliness, and fear, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy. Each one values his or her life and fights the knife.”

Animals, like human beings, are born with an inherent worth.

A value that cannot be measured in dollars and should not decided by what they can do for us humans. That worth comes from them being alive. Imagine if your worth, and your rights, were determined by how big your bank account is or what your jobs is or how useful society deems you to be!

It is time to change our thinking and our habits! What can you do?
Learn more about the Animal Rights Movement.
It is time for all of us to take a stronger stand for the most abused population on the planet, the animals.
Do what you can to reflect their value and respect their rights on a daily basis.
Do what you can to be their voice.
Of course one of the easiest things you can do for animals is to keep them off our dinner plate. Start with one day. You do not eat your dog or cat. Why would you eat a pig?

Whether you come to the Vegan or Vegetarian Lifestyle for the health benefits, because of religious reasons or the philosophical and ethical reasons, one thing is for sure, you will be happier and healthier for doing so and so will the animals.

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