Recently, an email subscriber asked an important question that I believe many people might have. And I am so glad that he brought this up.
Here is the crux of his question:
When we are able to raise funds and spend thousands of dollars on treatments for animals, I think that mass charity money could also be used for human benefits/homelessness, etc.
He has a valid argument.
At Luvin Arms, we invest so much time and money on animal care.
We could use this money to end human suffering such as poverty, homelessness, disease, malnutrition, child trafficking, drought, and so on…
I totally understand.
Before answering, let me start by asking another question:
Have we ever wondered why there is so much human suffering on our planet? What’s the source of our suffering? Have we even taken the time to think about it?
Keep reading to uncover the answer…
a) Recently, I read some interesting statistics:
* “Livestock” occupies about 45% of the earth’s total land (1)
* Animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, and habitat destruction (2)
* Animal agriculture is responsible for 80-90% of all US water consumption (3)
* The animal agriculture industry is growing enough food to feed 10 billion people an adequate diet (by helping end animal agriculture, we could eventually be able to feed all humans)
* 25 million farmed animals are killed for food and luxury *every single day*
b) Let me share the other side of the story:
* The leading cause of human death today is diet-related. In the US alone, 690,882 people died of heart disease (more and more research points towards eating animal products).
c) And here is the latest research:
* After a meal of animal products, people suffer from endotoxemia – their bloodstream gets awash with bacterial toxins present in the animal products. The dead meat bacteria causes immediate inflammation inside our body causing a variety of diseases.
(Dr. Michael Greger – Author of “How Not To Die”)
If we combine these insights and put the pieces of the puzzle together, we discover something striking…
A majority of modern human suffering is directly or indirectly linked to animal suffering.
When we look at Earth from outer space, it is ONE. Our planet is one big family.
Of course, all of us are on a different journey, we belong to a different race, different religions, nationalities, and so on…
But one thing can be common between us. It is peace, equality, and genuine compassion for all. This is ALSO true for species that coexist on Earth.
We know that animals can use their…
Eyes to see…
Ears to hear…
Noses to smell…
Mouths to eat…
Legs to walk…
Feathers to fly…
Fins to swim…
Genitalia to procreate…
But wait…what about emotions, relationships, social life? Animals are social, they too have relationships, and they can feel emotions. (We observe and talk about this all the time at Luvin Arms).
This means animals are no LESS of a species than humans. They aren’t less important.
They have an equal role to play in our co-existence.
By killing animals, we are killing our planet…we are killing humanity!
Yes, with all the charity money, we could help a homeless person or feed a hungry child…but that will not end the *source* of our sufferings.
Luvin Arms exists for one simple reason. To end all animal suffering in every shape, size, or form.
Because when we end animal suffering, it will also lead to an end to human suffering. We are all animals, and earthlings of this planet.
We want to bring awareness to people – that all species are equal.
That we do not have the right to enslave, abuse, or torture any other species. And everyone has the equal right to live freely on this planet.
At Luvin Arms we treat animals in the best way possible because by *doing* this, we can create a bigger impact than merely *talking* about it. Luvin Arms is a living, breathing, space for compassion.
Ultimately by helping animals, we are helping ourselves and all the earthlings that inhabit the planet.
I’ll end this email with a quote from Mahatma Gandhi:
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Thanks for reading. I would love to hear your thoughts, suggestions, and feedback.
Simply hit the reply button…I would love to hear from you.