Don’t animals deserve humane treatment?Long back, I read about an interesting incident. A young boy entered the forest alone. In the forest, the boy was targeted by the most dangerous animal of Indian forests. A pack of 'dhol' (Indian wild dogs) surrounded him, got ready to attack and kill the boy. But suddenly, a group of elephants reached that spot. The elephants took pity to the boy, gathered around him and accompanied him to the nearest human habitation. Thanks to the intelligent and humane behavior of the wild elephants, the life of the young boy was saved that day.
In the month of May 2020, a terrible incident happened near the Silent Valley National Park in Kerala. A pregnant elephant entered the pineapple plantation just beside the National Park. Most probably, the elephant consumed some pineapples in the plantation. Two monsters in the form of human being placed locally-made grenades inside some pineapples and fed those pineapples to the elephant. As a result, the elephant suffered terrible injury in its jaws. It suffered from unbearable pain and agony. It started bleeding profusely, tried to get some relief from pain, drink some water and so, it stood in the water of river Velliyar. Ultimately, after suffering for four long days, it succumbed to its injury. Needless to say, the unborn cub also died.
We shudder to think about the inhumane attitude of two humans. Such a difference of attitude of elephants in the first incident and two humans in the second event!
Only one question comes to our mind: Don't animals deserve humane treatment from human beings?
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