It has been my experience thus far in life that the more self-aware we become, the more aware we are of impact on others. An unconscious person steps on your toes and doesn’t notice… while an aware person picks up the slightest expression that crosses your face.
Consciousness creates connection through increased awareness and compassion. The web expands.
And sooner or later, we realize that our increased sensitivity and compassion towards others, also includes those “others” outside of our own species.
There are lots of ways to help change the current exploitation/cruelty paradigm. Every day many of us take the time to sign countless petitions and write countless letters, working to improve conditions or stop cruelty. We support ethical animal welfare charities. Amazing people work to rescue wildlife from poachers or cruel traps, or are on the ground working to save wildlife habitat — often risking their own lives in the process. Activist groups such as Sea Shepherd risk imprisonment and death in their fight to stop slaughter of whales, dolphins, and seals. Farm animals are rescued from abuse and certain death and given safe havens for life. As individuals we adopt the strays, the abandoned, and the abused.
It’s really about expanding our hearts in LOVE…by “widening our circle of compassion.” You are helping others, but at the same time, you are also helping yourself. Your heart breaks… but with each break it becomes larger.
Animal Legal Defense Fund has created a simple petition that outlines basic rights of living beings. Please sign the petition to add your name in support.
( I’ve added the text below…it’s wonderfully simple, and a great example of how we can include all species in our new evolutionary reality. for we are all in this together.)
A Petition to the United States Congress
I, the undersigned American citizen, believe that animals, like all sentient beings, are entitled to basic legal rights in our society. Deprived of legal protection, animals are defenseless against exploitation and abuse by humans. As no such rights now exist, I urge you to pass legislation in support of the following basic rights for animals:
The Right of laboratory animals not to be used in cruel or unnecessary experiments.
The Right of farm animals to an environment that satisfies their basic physical and psychological needs.
The Right of companion animals to a healthy diet, protective shelter, and adequate medical care.
The Right of wildlife to a natural habitat, ecologically sufficient to a normal existence and self-sustaining species population.
The Right of animals to have their interests represented in court and safeguarded by the law of the land.