Faq

How can you justify spending your time and money on animals when there are so many humans who need help??


It is not a choice of one or the other. Each of us should do what we can to help any of the myriad life forms that struggle to survive on this planet. Since animals are the weakest creatures on earth, they deserve our strongest protection..

Why animal welfare and not human welfare??


The two are not competing but complementary concerns. Animal welfare is human welfare. The jungle that keeps the tiger safe also saves human lives by providing a perennial water supply, climate control and a flood check for humans. Turning vegetarian saves both animal and human lives. Better food and living conditions help both the horse and his rider. Injustice and violence to one hurts all. As the weakest, most vulnerable creatures on earth, animals deserve our strongest protection..

If animal exploitation is wrong, why aren't there laws to prevent it??


It is people who make the laws and these laws are not always perfect. There used to be laws that allowed slavery, and discrimination against women and blacks and so on. As public attitudes advance, the law reflects that change. Since animals cannot speak or vote, they need humans to fight on their behalf. Already laws are being amended in recognition of animals as sentient beings. The truth can be delayed but not denied and ultimately all forms of animal exploitation will be unacceptable and illegal..

Animals are not as intelligent or advanced as humans, are they??


It is like comparing apples and oranges. Animals have different abilities from humans and in many respects are far superior to us. They can run faster, hear keener, smell sharper, swim, slither, fly. Animals are quick to learn, both puppies and babies take about the same time and effort to potty train. They communicate, play games, adapt and understand. That's more than most people! In any case, the important question is not can they think but can they feel. Animals experience all the same emotions as us including love, hate, jealousy, excitement and fear..

What is the difference between "animal rights" and "animal welfare"??


There is a fundamental difference between these two positions in the animal movement. The former believes that animals have value in themselves. As co-sharers of the planet, they are deserving of equal consideration, freedom from pain and the right to life, liberty and happiness. It entirely rejects the use or ownership of animals by humans. Animal welfare, on the other hand, demands humane stewardship of animals. It accepts the notion of using animals but doing so with kindness and consideration..

What about all the customs, traditions and jobs that depend on using animals??


The same argument could be used to justify slavery, bonded or child labour and any other kind of exploitation. Custom or tradition is not a reason to continue cruelty. Sati, thuggee, child marriage have all been traditions that we have recognized to be evil and therefore abandoned. As for jobs, every age finds its own way to survive. When cars were invented, nobody thought of the tangawallahs that were thrown out of work. When you bought a computer, did you consider the typists you were rendering jobless? No, you simply did what was best for you. Similarly, you have to do what you believe is right and fair. The world will cope..

How can you justify spending your time and money on animals when there are so many humans who need help??


It is not a choice of one or the other. Each of us should do what we can to help any of the myriad life forms that struggle to survive on this planet. Since animals are the weakest creatures on earth, they deserve our strongest protection..

If animal exploitation is wrong, why aren't there laws to prevent it??


It is people who make the laws and these laws are not always perfect. There used to be laws that allowed slavery, and discrimination against women and blacks and so on. As public attitudes advance, the law reflects that change. Since animals cannot speak or vote, they need humans to fight on their behalf. Already laws are being amended in recognition of animals as sentient beings. The truth can be delayed but not denied and ultimately all forms of animal exploitation will be unacceptable and illegal..

If everyone turns vegetarianism, will there be enough for everyone to eat??


On the contrary, if we all turned vegetarian, there would be 15 times as much food to go around. Meat is the least efficient form of food. It takes ten times the resources--land, water and energy-- to produce meat as it does to produce grain. One acre of land can grow either 80 kg of meat or 800 kg of wheat. This is why Mahatma Gandhi said, it is the meat of the rich that steals the bread of the poor. Vegetarianism is the solution to world hunger..

If everyone turns vegetarian, what will happen to the excess chickens, pigs and goats??


Meat animals are not natural populations. They are forcibly multiplied to supply the demand for meat. In nature, animal populations only grow to that number that can be supported by their environment. In countries where pigs are not eaten, you only find them in small numbers. Similarly goats and chickens. We don't eat cats or donkeys do we yet, have their numbers increased?.

Animals kill other animals for food, so why shouldn't we??


Animals observe the three rules that are crucial to the food chain—they only kill to eat, they eat only when they're hungry and they reproduce only in sustainable numbers. Humans have violated all three rules and are no longer part of the food chain. While it is natural for carnivores to eat meat, it is entirely unnatural for humans to do so. We have neither the speed, strength nor stealth to catch prey. Unlike natural carnivores, we are not nocturnal, our saliva is alkaline, we have neither tearing teeth nor nails and we have long intestines which cause the meat to rot inside our bodies. While a cat's mouth waters, our natural reaction to raw flesh and blood is revulsion. Eating meat causes a host of diseases in humans including cancer, stroke, diabetes, obesity and heart disease. While animals have to hunt to survive, humans live longer and healthier on non-meat diets..