Because most animals, due to their perceived inferiority to humankind’s ability to act as exemplary guardians of the earth, cannot read, they are unfamiliar with the writings of some the world’s greatest-known peacemakers, Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi, Dr Martin Luther King Jnr., Gandhi and the Dalai Lama, to name a few. The writings of these humane leaders spoke in the main about the message of peace rather than conflict, and the importance of loving one another, including all other animal species. Observant readers may have noted that we mentioned ‘most’, not all, animal species are unable to read.
Learn to communicate well with animals
Because, truth be told, some animals are being taught to read (and write and speak) just as humans sometimes do. Most people already know that budgies and parrots find it very easy to learn to communicate with their captors, even while bravely enduring the trauma of being trapped in small cages all day long. Not many people, on the other hand, seem to know that these charming birds’ cousins out in the jungles of the earth’s rapidly declining green lungs are being threatened and driven to the brink of extinction.
Scientists have shown that it is now quite possible for primates to learn how to read, write and communicate with their ‘superior’ captors. Some have even been to outer space and lived to tell the tale, let us just say, to their mates. The chimpanzees much larger relatives, who once reigned supreme across Central Africa, have not been as fortunate in being given a reprieve and resigning themselves to a life of co-operation with or incarceration by man. The film, Gorillas in the Mist, and Dian Fossey’s life-long campaign to save this majestic species, fore-grounded just how brutally cruel mankind had become.
How cruel man has become
Over a period of thousands of years, man had become so vicious in his methods to usurp large tracts of land and the natural treasures that came with it, he was even prepared to annihilate indigenous men, women and children, far removed from his own culture and religion, to the brink of extinction as well. The Australian Aborigines’ beloved kangaroos haven’t fared much better at the hands of their captors. It is quite true that these unusual creatures can kick wildly and pack a massive punch without the aid of a worn pair of softened bag gloves.
But, alas, these antipodean beasts’ unique fighting skills have not been enough to rescue them from the savagery of their colonial masters. Today, kangaroos are bred and harvested much like docile cattle and battery chickens. For now at least, they are spared the cruel humiliation of the Russian bears that are tightly chained to rusting poles before being paraded in front of amused Caucasians like circus clowns.
This post may be ending on a grim note, but it is for a good cause worth fighting for. Because as long as we stand by idly watching others slaughter Africa’s cherished rhinoceros and lions, among other species across the world, this post will become history, recollecting what once was.