Being Kind To Animals

Hi there,

Welcome to another edition of Simpler Sundays, a weekly newsletter aimed at giving you a dose of relaxed reading at the end of each week. This is the 7th edition of Simpler Sundays. If you’d like any of your friends or family to subscribe to this newsletter, you can share this link. That said, let’s begin this week’s edition.

Today, I want to talk about what happened in Kerala; you know the story.

We live in a world where people always need something to get angry upon. Every other day there is an outrage on social media for one thing or the other.

For a few days, people go gaga over an incident and fill the internet with all sorts of videos, posts, and memes. But soon, everyone forgets about it and starts searching for something else to get angry upon. This is a vicious cycle.

Our increasingly short attention spans and the instant nature of the internet are making us lose our ability to think critically. We are getting adept at directly jumping at conclusions.

That is why I try to form opinions slowly. This is not to say that I am perfect; I’m far from it. But I am learning to give myself some time before forming an opinion.

So, I have considered a few things before coming to a conclusion about this Kerala incident. These are the three points that I inferred:

1) What happened with the elephant was surely painful to see. No living being should die such a cruel death.

But at the same time, it was encouraging to see so many people being affected by this incident. I say ‘encouraging’ because it showed that there is still plenty of kindness left in this world.

But only making noise on social media will ultimately be of no use to us. This incident has given us an opportunity to have a look at ourselves and think of how we can make a difference.

The answer? – Our eating habits. We need to expand our empathy towards other animals as well.

The animal-meat-based items that we usually savor in fancy restaurants and our homes come from animals who go through a similarly painful death like the Kerala elephant.

To meet the high demand for animal meat, chickens, goats, pigs, fishes, and many other animals are butchered inhumanely.

So a small actionable thing we can do is to reduce our meat consumption or quit it altogether.

Now, I understand it is easier said than done for many non-veg lovers. But even if you can reduce your consumption by half, it would be a big effort on your part.

2) I cannot even count the number of posts I’ve seen in the last couple of days bashing the entire state of Kerala for this incident.

A common theme among these posts was a criticism of Kerala’s literacy rate. These posts said that such an incident happened in Kerala despite their high literacy rate.

What I don’t understand is how can people use the actions of a few people to defame the entire state. I’m sure that there are plenty of unruly elements in other states as well.

Instead of promoting such kind of views against a state, we must take inspiration from them. A high literacy rate should be celebrated and copied, not bashed.

3) From what I’ve heard, it seems like many farmers in Kerala use explosive-laden pineapples and other fruits to protect their crops from wild boars.

This raises the possibility of this whole incident being unintentional. Of course, that doesn’t absolve them.

But it does give us some perspective. I know of many places where people use different traps to catch wild boars.

If that’s really the case, then the onus is on authorities to come up with policies that could stop farmers from adopting such means. They need to work together with farmers in coming up with ways to protect their crops without hurting wild animals.

The Good Word

As you might know, the ‘Good Word’ is a series showcasing my favorite quotes/phrases. So, here’s this week’s Good Word.

“Concentrate every minute like a Roman – like a man – on doing what’s in front of you with precise and genuine seriousness, tenderly, willingly, with justice. And on freeing yourself from all other distractions.”

– Marcus Aurelius

VyasSpeaks Featured Post

This week’s featured post is about consumerism. In this post, I talk about how organizations want us to believe that happiness lies in buying their next new product.

Read the post by clicking the link or image below.

Is Consumerism The Way To Happiness?

That’s all for this week. I’ll see you next Sunday.

Stay safe and take care.

With love,
Shikhil Vyas

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