Pet trade in India and Animal Protection aWe hear a lot about protection of animals. Cow protection is on the top of the agenda now. Domestic animals and their use and disposal were a community activity. When the Cow attained divine status is difficult to pinpoint. However, the primary school lesson "KAMADHENU" is not forgotten. But why is the cow being considered as a divinity? Surrogate mother? Saving untold number of toddlers from malnutrition?
Anyways, my post is not about the cow but Animal Protection Act. There is a pet shop near where I live. It pains my heart every time I cross that shop. So many exotic birds and animals caged for the sake of human pleasure. I am well aware that humans are the only species which imprisons or kills same species or others for pleasure. All others kill for food or survival. But to cage an animal (or bird) which should be living or flying free in the wild or the wide sky is crueler than that. When do we see a law that forbids sale or domestication of a wild animal? And, for those who thinks that keeping a caged animal in the house is auspicious, you cannot be more mistaken. The curse that the animal spews may be good (or bad) enough to curse the whole clan.
So, cease and desist from imprisoning other beings. Live and let live.