An Essay by Roxena Hristova Laveva
Animal Protection - a Criterion for Morals
At the beginning of 20th century we, people, were forced to gaze carefully at ourselves. Our own actions and the following consequences forced us. This way we realized that in their attitude towards Nature the mankind is just like a malignant cancerous cell - which is slowly and gradually destroying the environment that they have created, the environment that have been nourishing them and where they exist. A lamentable conclusion. It startles and frightens us, all of us, the citizens of this planet, because the threat is undoubtedly for everyone.
Animals have been constantly decreasing not only in quantity but also in the variety of their species. No matter the colour of the big books, where the rare species and extinct have been written, animals would not be protected and preserved if we, people, are not convinced that we have a mutual future because we are biological organisms living in this small planet the Earth. Is a misfortune, a serious misfortune, necessary to unite us, to synchronize our thoughts, efforts and hopes?! Do we have to get aware that we are indivisible one only when we face unequivocal danger of destroying our living environment? Is human nature so badly built that we show common sense, tolerance and mutuality only when the choice has become crucial and fatal? And isn't it too late?
But maybe this logical and wise regularity - in their evolution the mankind will definitely reach this crucial conclusion. Perhaps in the ecological problem is hidden the key not only to our physical survival but also to our moral resurrection. Have we ever felt so united before? When? Isn't this the great moment when we have to prove the fauna that we have destroyed and ourselves that we, people, can be harmonious, wise and constructive power, not destroyer and killers?
People, look into our children's eyes! They are the most correct barometers for kindness, innocence and harmony. A child takes an animal like a necessity - like games and walks. You missed important moments from your childhood if you did not wrap a living cat instead of a doll; if you did not bury a dead bird following the ritual; if you did not look after a chick in a paper box with the other kids from the neighbourhood. The least you can remember is the pigeon with a broken wing, which you hid and fed for a long time on the balcony under a forgotten crate. You most probably envied your classmate whose parents allowed him/her to keep tadpoles in a basin. Don't you remember how good and strong you felt when you put the grown-up frogs into the water? There must have been an animal in your childhood - you most probably remember at least the stolen moments of tenderness with a stray dog. Our attitude towards animals is about love - something too real that teaches us some other real things.
In the conditions of a quickly developing technological revolution and urbanization people have brought Nature to the verge of an ecological disaster for a really short time. Long before ecology was differentiated into a separate science, people described the long-lasting process in which a lake turns into a swamp and then into drought. This is a consequence of bringing biogenic chemical elements and compounds that change the vital functions of the water animals. This is a powerful blow against the balance between organisms both in the water basins and out of them. Slow death of waters, soil pollution with industrial and domestic refuse, smog, fatal change in the air elements show people's infirmity and indifference not only to ourselves but also to animals. The increasing negative influence of people on Nature and natural resources can be the reason the biosphere gradually to become an unsuitable place for our living (because of changeable climate conditions, the changed gas air composition, the pollution with poisonous substances and so on). This necessitates the mankind to learn how to govern the natural processes in order to keep the basic parameters of environment.
The increasing reserves, their priority and planned development can partially restore the destroyed fauna balance. I am convinced that in order to have results in this the following factors are necessary: cognition, information and knowledge how to make animal treasure survive; creating strategies and inventions for operative achievements in stages; mass advertisement campaign with little information segments; creating more teams with people well-qualified in this field; encouraging an initiative for proposing new ideas for products, technologies and processes as well as their financial support; destroying bureaucracy structures and making matrix organisations, special program teams, assistance centres and various strategy unions for achieving flexibility and manoeuvring.
But complete and whole animal protection can be achieved only when there is a change in people's attitude towards animals, in our quick and efficient measures for ecological justice. Except politicians' wisdom and specialists' "competence," should be heard the voice of ordinary people united by the idea of preserving and protecting animals.
We, people, can do everything. We can put a plaster on the wounded knee, we can make the most beautiful kite, we can solve the most difficult problem, we can answer the thousands "why," "how," "when," and "what." We can chase away bad dreams, make up an interesting fairy tale, write the happy end of that endless serial in which people are responsible to and love animals...
And their eyes are looking at us trustfully.
by Roxena Hristova Laleva