Today is Purple Pride against Bullying Day and it’s a good thing because bullying has become a grave concern in our country and we must seriously address this problem. Bullying has tragically brought on the suicides of several young people and criminal prosecution to other young ones for their bullying behavior. But while we’re on the subject of bullying, isn’t it time to expand our definition of bullying to include animals? Because we do bully almost every species with whom we share this magnificent planet.
Whether it be the billions of land and aquatic animals who are bullied for milk, eggs and meat, or bullied for research and testing or bullied for fun in sports and entertainment like hunting, fishing, rodeos, bullfights, zoos, circuses, aquariums, and movies & commercials, and or bullied for fashion like furs, leathers, silks & wool, or bullied for greed by confiscating and selling wildlife or overbreeding our companion animals so we have to systematically kill them.
A bully is defined as one “who uses power or strength to harm or intimidate those who are weaker” and that certainly fits with all of these activites. Thomas Jefferson said it eloquently so many years ago- “Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.” That’s why I stopped eating them, wearing them, supporting animal testing & research, going to zoos, circuses, and movies with captive wildlife involved and buying my companion animals. So, if you’re causing animals pain and suffering, you are a bully, no matter how kind you are to every human being! I urge each of us to look at our own behaviors that may be bullying to anyone and make that personal stand against all bullying.
- Cetacean Freedom
- Congress considers law that would ban use of elephants in circuses
- Rumblings from PAWS- by Pat Derby
- Zoo elephants ‘treated as badly as intensively farmed chickens’
- Opinion: The circus sends kids the wrong message about animals