Living in Harmony with Animals
June 30, 2015 Kosmos Community News

The indigenous and modern relationship between people and animals

An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language. – Martin Buber

By Roger Boyd

‘The relationship between humans and animals seems to be substantially affected by the ways in which they interact. In hunter-gatherer societies where humans interact with wild animals, non-humans are seen as having a level of equality with humans. As humans gain more control of their environment through herding and agriculture their worldview does seem to change towards a separation with nature, and thus between humans and non-humans. The latter become more and more resources to utilize, rather than independent actors which have control over their own destiny.’

What Can We Learn From the Dolphin Who Asked Humans for Help?

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. – His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Zoe Weil recounts an encounter between marine biologists and a dolphin-in-need. The beautiful accompanying video underscores the trusting nature of our intelligent sea friends.

‘Martina had been filming as usual when an injured dolphin swam into the circle of manta viewers. The dolphin was clearly seeking help, her fin entangled with fishing line. The creature sought out humans, seeming to understand that only humans had the capacity to do something the dolphin could not.’

Pope Francis’ Unreserved Embrace of Animal Protection

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. – Mohandas Gandhi

What does the Pope’s new Encyclical have to say about our relationship and responsibilities to animals? Author Wayne Pacelle explains and also talks with Dr. Charles Camosy, professor of Theological and Social Ethics at Fordham University and author of For Love of Animals, for insight into the significance of this encyclical.

‘The encyclical, or letter, from the Pope is full of references to animals and calls on all of us to embrace a more humane path. The encyclical is named “Praised Be” (Laudato Si) after St. Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Sun, in which the Saint praises God for animals and creation.’

The Psychology of Human Bonding | Why Do We Love Our Pets So Much?

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. – Anatole France

‘Most of us treat our pets like members of the family: we enjoy their company and we do everything we can to ensure their happiness and wellbeing, including providing them with veterinary care and emergency veterinary services when they are sick or injured. But it is not immediately obvious why human beings should bond so closely to members of other species, partly because we are virtually unique as a species in the fact that we choose to do so.’ – Martin Siegel, DVM,

De-extinction in an Anthropogenic World

Biological diversity is messy. It walks, it crawls, it swims, it swoops, it buzzes. But extinction is silent, and it has no voice other than our own. – Paul Hawken

Samantha Zwicker and Kristiina Vogt respond to the Question posed by the Center for Humans and Nature- How far should we go to bring back lost species?

‘Despite countless arguments against de-extinction, or resurrection biology, there is nonetheless increasing support for some forms of it. In addition to reviving extinct species, advanced cloning technology could be used to save threatened and endangered animals and introduce greater genetic variability into small populations at risk of inbreeding. Most importantly, there is a potential for this miraculous process to increase awareness and support for current conservation efforts.’

animals | beauty and harmony with all life

Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. – Albert Einstein

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