“What is man without beasts?
If all the beasts were gone,
men would die from great loneliness of spirit,
for whatever happens to the beasts
also happens to man.
All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the earth
befalls the children of the earth.”
-Chief Seattle, Suqwamish & Duwamish
We hear a lot about how wolves or big cats are killed for getting onto farms or are hunted down for sport.
We hear about elephants whose whole face is cut off so poachers can get the ivory quickly before being spotted and how the declining rhinoceros is being haunted.
We hear about dogs getting cooked or forced into dog fights.
I can go on with a list of animals who are exploited for some reason or other, but the point is that this quote reminds me of how connected nature is to our animals and us.
We are all in the world for a reason and we all play our roles. It’s when we disrupt this cycle of life that things get ugly.
We are killing each other and we don’t stop there. We are killing our animals and destroying our trees…
We think technology will be the panacea for everything and, yet, we can’t teach our children to be empathetic.
We need to care.
We need to take steps to try and make things better by informing ourselves and taking some action, even if it’s as simple as buying cage free eggs or donating to good causes or volunteering.
Everyone can do a little to make this wonderful world last a little longer. Don't you think?
Note: This quote was written on one of the letters from the Reservation Animal Rescue based in Arizona. They welcome donations to help support both animals and Native Americans who care for them on reservations.
If you are interested in donating to this rescue, you can go to their website at www.RARprogram.org