People don’t want to look at the similarities between people and animals. They want to look at the differences.
There was a time in my life when I ate animals. I asked my Aunt one day why she was Vegetarian and she said it was those big brown eyes of the cows. She saw the connection, the similarity. She knew they had feelings and that the spark of life that was in her was in them as well. She knew they felt fear and pain and sadness. She knew they were innocent. To her they were like a friend. How could she hurt a friend, much less kill a friend?!
When we look into the eyes of our pets, think about a cow or a pig or a chicken. Love those eyes as much as your pet. See the feelings and similarities behind the eyes.
Children love animals, but are brought up to eat them. They are taught the differences and not the similarities. The children though are innocent. And the animals too are innocent. As I worded it in a previous post, “when is it no longer innocent to eat the innocent?”
So the ‘eyes’ have it! Let’s not quench the spark of life, whether person or animal. For all those who have this spark of life….it is a most precious treasure to each one.