“Humans, who share the planet with all kinds of different creatures, sometimes need to be reminded that animals deserve to be treated with dignity, respect and care. Whether furry or scaly; warm-blooded or cold-blooded; on land, in the air or in the sea – all of the animals on the Earth merit fair and considerate treatment.
International Animal Rights Day is the time to do just that!” https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/international-animal-rights-day/
Why should we care about non-human animals? Here’s a couple of thoughts:
St. Francis of Assisi saw animals as his brothers and sisters and prayed that God would work through him to help them. https://www.learnreligions.com/st-francis-of-assisi-patron-saint
Animals have always been regarded in Buddhist thought as sentient beings. Furthermore, animals possess Buddha nature and therefore potential for enlightenment. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animals_in_Buddhism
Today’s senryu: Animal Rights Day
should respect non-human ones –
all deserve respect