June 1, 2013 by thejalebichronicles
Societal Summons:- You are called to make a difference
Mumbai, one of the busiest and most populous cities in the world offers us the unique opportunity to come across living beings of all sorts- varying in size, colour and background. However, when was the last time we really noticed them? I’m sure, as you read the previous sentence, in your mind you pictured people of different ethnicities and nationalities, not the other living beings we come across everyday – animals. This is what PAL is striving to change. PAL – Pet Owners and Animal Lovers, is a group of and determined animal lovers, based in Thane (Mumbai,) that aims to create co-existence between humans and animals through methods like awareness programs, vaccination drives and peace rallies.
Even in the middle of the road. Most people turn a blind eye to them, either because they see these every day and have grown used to it or because they believe it is not their duty to do anything. As human beings, we have a distinctive capability of being knowledgeable, thoughtful and sensitive.
All we need to do is use these capabilities as best as we can. PAL is a group that works for animals directly through on-the-street treatments, rescuing abandoned and injured animals and carrying out adoptions, as well as indirectly by trying to strike a positive balance between human and animal welfare. As it is clearly visible to us every day, the stray dog and cat population is on the rise. We encourage people to ADOPT pets, rather than buy them. We rescue several abandoned dogs, cats and birds and it is quite a task finding homes for them all. In order to decrease the unwanted population, we also encourage spaying and neutering of pets, it is healthy for your pet and will give the already homeless animals a chance at finding a new, loving home.
These are a few of the ways we can, as smart and intellectual human beings, curb the problem of animal over-population in a sensible manner. There are a lot of people who want to help animals, but are scared and do not know how to approach them. PAL aims at eradicating the fear associated with animals, by helping people understand their behaviour and making them aware that it is pointless to be afraid of them. On the whole, we work on the principle that animal welfare can be successful through human awareness, through the acceptance of animals as a vital part of our society, and that compassion towards animals will be possible only if we kill the animal within ourselves.
If you ever came across an injured animal and wanted to help, but did not know how to-get in touch with your local Animal Welfare Organization. Almost all cities have them today, and inform them of the animal. Remember, your life may not change by doing this, but it might change the life of that animal forever.
The Dalai Lama has said, “If you cannot help them, at least don’t hurt them.”
PAL – A movement by the people, of the people, for our animals.
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