I have published this article to hopefully change the mindset of senseless killings, which took place against our own kind, in New Zealand on Friday 15th March 2019.
Until there is a united understanding that all cruelty and suffering is intolerable, then it will perhaps continue.
If humans can be cruel to some species, then some reason why not to their own?
Mohammed taught " A good deed done to a beast is as good as doing good to a human being; while an act of cruelty to a beast is as bad as an act of cruelty to a human being."
There are many examples of cruelty and killings to other animals that are deemed acceptable. Whether it be trapping animals that are considered pests, poisoning, baiting, hunting of another species or entrapping an animal for entertainment, how can the limited human pysche divide these actions against their own? To support the unnecessary hunting of another species (often cloaked by making the hunting to rid the world of a 'pest'), makes it possible for some people to give permisson to themselves and others, to believe that the intolerance of another's existance is quite justified. Not many human's need to hunt to survive. It would appear that domesticated human's justify unnecessary killings.
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." Mahatma Gandhi
When we lie in the jaws of a predator, we only do so because we have ourselves have given over to the belief that we took a risk and in doing so, accepted the outcome may be injury or death. To alter the mind we must alter the actions, we must start with asking 'what is acceptable violence and suffering', and be united in the answer is 'none'.
"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong". Mahatma Gandhi
We all carry a weapon, the choice is which do you permit - kindness or cruelty?