Summer is here. School’s over. Time to indulge in some fun and games! As teaching community lets their hair down and parents gear up to keep their kids engaged, summer learning for kids is one area both teachers and parents are keen on.
While parents are nudging their children to summer classes, I personally appeal to each one of them to teach their kids about kindness and compassion towards animals.
This request comes after the recent of turn of events involving the shooting of the 17-year-old gorilla at the Cincinnati zoo. That news shook me deeply and made me wonder ‘Shouldn’t zoo be like a safe haven for animals now that we have destroyed their habitat?’
A three-year-old fell into the confined enclosure, due to his mistake or negligence from the parents, and resulted in the brutal killing of the gorilla who was just hanging out in his space. Even though I believe that the gorilla was just safeguarding the kid, I know a lot of you might justify the act of killing saying that he might have harmed the kid sooner or later. While we keep that debate aside for now, was it the gorilla’s fault that the kid fell in his enclosure? We destroy their habitat. put them in cages, enter those cages and then kill them…Bravo humans!
There has been a steep rise in cases of animal cruelty in recent years. I have seen kids attacking strays, have read many columns about illegal poaching and severe mistreatment of farm animals. While I don’t ask everyone to turn vegan, all I request the parents is to teach their kids to be compassionate with animals. Teach your kids that every animal – be it a dog, a cat or even a gorilla deserves to be treated with love and respect. If our kids are not taught about valuing animals right now, I wouldn’t be surprised if the next generation of adults end up indulging in animal cruelty just like their predecessors.