“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” – James Herriot
We are their caretakers, their friends, their voice. They depend on us for food, shelter, and love. And yet, we abandon them, kill them, consume them.
We, as humans, have mistreated animals for centuries. Whether brutally slaughtering wild beasts for their body parts (i.e. elephants for their tusks), inhumanely killing domesticated livestock for their meat (i.e. cows, pigs, horses), or using animals dubbed as “pets” for our own selfish entertainment (i.e. dog fighting), humans have forgotten that animals are feeling, intelligent, and emotional beings.
Animals communicate with the natural world, in a language that we have not yet fully decoded and we often overlook. In a world that has been almost completely overrun with towering skyscrapers and advanced technology, animals need our human voices to speak up for them.
Animal Culture is aimed toward the education and preservation of the rights and welfare of animals. With news, facts, and simple everyday reminders, Animal Culture is a space to honor, promote, and learn about the fellow creatures – furry, scaly, shelled, winged, and all – we share this planet with.
And since we began with a quote, it is only proper to end with one as well. So, in the words of Mahatma Gandhi: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”