As the human population is growing, we find ourselves confined to smaller spaces. So, as is logical, we grow our towns and cities without paying any heed to how the earth in that area will sustain the population. We find ourselves encroaching on the territory that belongs to creatures that were around long before we understood the meaning of civilisations. We claim their homes as our own and then when they fight back, we burn them alive and call them encroachers.
In today’s day and age when life has become a maelstrom of work, frivolous friendships and convenient relationships, we think next to naught about things that do not directly affect us. What we forget is that our actions effect the environment around us, and vice versa. Confused? Let me put it in perspective in a way that schools and teachers often do for children- If you save water, there will more for you to use in the future; if one is against killing of tigers, one doesn’t encroach on their forest area, you save their environment, providing more cover are and fresh water in the surrounding areas and thus save valuable woodland. But even though this is taught in most school, one cannot make money out of this, so parents ignore the values with which children grow up.
While we grow up, we are taught to believe that everything has a price. Anything that does not help you make money, should not be done as it cannot be used. So we forsake our friendships and relationships and weigh them in for future prospects. We forget that what we sow is what we reap. We are told that if you buy something, you can do what ever you want with it, including waste it. It might surprise you that I have also come across people who are well read and have the narrowest approach to environmental/ wildlife issues. It is horrendously shocking the way they have convinced themselves of a human beings importance.
Let me start by recalling pieces of news on the internet- a young male tiger had been crushed to death by a bulldozer, a leopard wars burnt alive in a cage because it accidently found itself in a village close to the forest, etcetera. I was horrified at these incidents and took to social media to voice my opinions. But alas, small-minded people took to replying that the animals “deserved what they got… they shouldn’t be encroaching on human property…man eater with zero brains and no mercy”. The idiocy of this statement left me in disbelief over the mental capacity of people who make such statements. It is us humans who have destroyed their homes and stolen their freedom; they are merely doing what it takes to survive. In a fight between a human and a tiger, whom do you think would win? Perhaps the idiot who thinks wild animals want to be in cities.
These people who think that there is “no harm in tranquillising or killing any animal (be it dog as well) to save human life for betterment” seem to be products of the school of thought mentioned earlier- if it doesn’t benefit you don’t pay attention to it; if it harms you, remove it. It’s pathetic to see such imbeciles be praised for their words simply because the fickle audience they cater to do not understand the broader dynamics. I even came across a lady who, to my amusement, believed that earthworms fell from the sky when it rained! People who believe that they are above God’s creatures are cursed. Cursed into a hallucination of their own self importance, and it is this kind of thinking that will ruin this country- a country of well read illiterates. A country where the mediocre are praised and the gifted are continually put down & full of self-doubt.
“We patronise the animals for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they are more finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other Nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.” ― Henry Beston