Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Our brutality and their emotions

Last night something terrible happened. Toffee, my neighbourhood stray lost her puppy Sheena to some crazed driver who decide to knock the kid dead. Road kills happen all the time in India but for someone to be driving fast enough to kill a living being in a residential colony is brutal and inhuman. When I found Toffee this morning, she was mourning by the side of Sheena's corpse. She called me and almost implored me to check what was wrong. She kept squealing, crying and licking the limp body.

We think of animals being a lesser life than us. That is untrue. Toffee kept crying by Sheena's body until my wife and I came back to the scene and comforted her for a good length of time. We had to coax her into finding her other pup, Skittish. The way she called to Skittish and the kind of nervousness the surviving pup showed, was an example of how deep emotions run in the animal family. One careless driver has disrupted a happy family - we wouldn't do this to a human being. We wouldn't hit and run a human baby and leave it in a pool of blood. Why do it to an animal? This world belongs to them as much as it does to us. They feel pain too. I feel Toffee's pain - it's how I felt when Tequila died, perhaps a lot more.

12 comments:

Mary Williams: said...

It is hard to understand how, being sentient and therefore aware of the pain of suffering and fear and grief, humans can be so pitiless and indifferent. (Frankly, the arrogance of it makes my blood boil.) So much for our superior species. I am sorry you had to bear witness, but I am also happy for the mama dog that you were there to comfort and redirect her.

It may be cold comfort at this time, but given the truth that animals so feel a range of emotions, it means they feel happiness and pleasure too. You may want to pick this book up (recently reviewed in the NYT}: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/19/science/19scibooks.html?_r=1&hp

BTW: I am a long-time subscriber to your blog. Thanks for the great writing and insights.

Sumeet Moghe said...

Thanks Mary - I feel glad that I'm not alone to feel hurt by our brutal impact. I'll be sure to read the book - thanks so much for your recommendation.

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