A thing I would like to share with you from my travels is the way animals are treated in the various countries I have been so far. I have mentioned the topic a couple of times before but not in a specific way.
I am honestly shocked to conclude that animal treatment (I refer mostly to cats and dogs, stray, half stray or belonging to someone) has nothing to do with the wealth of the country but everything to do with education and some with religion. Hindus seem to really mean what they say about the equal right to life for every living creature and our responsibility towards it. About caring and not standing indifferent to animals being hungry or in pain. In India, all dogs approach you in a friendly matter and love to be petted. If you have some food even better, but your company and a cuddle are very much appreciated as well. Same goes for Nepal, Jordan, Kenya and Tanzania. It says much about how people treat animals there.
Developed, civilised and random countries like Romania, Seychelles and Mauritius have mostly shy animals that are scared to approach you and act like they have been beaten up or chased away.
I don’t want to be accusatory, point fingers or offend anyone. I just want people to practice more compassion. We have infinite resources and need so very little to make the world a better place. I strongly believe in outgrowing poisonous environments, coldness or rawness of heart, cultural limitations, educational lacunas, behavioural patterns and non-malevolent ignorance. The world sets good examples each day.
All the times we have said it’s useless, it won’t change anything, it’s not my responsibility, I have good reasons and all the other excuses you come up with for not doing a good deed, you have actually burdened your conscience, felt bad inside, poisoned yourself with negativity and grew apart from your community, from nature, your own instincts and from the beautiful world we live in.
Don’t plan to change the world with a mighty big deed or if you do, don’t forget about all the small things that you could do each day, meanwhile. They will warm your heart, bring happiness to you and the ones who are lucky enough to benefit from them. Maybe it will not be revolutionary, maybe it will not be drastic, nor perfect nor a permanent solution but it will surely set an example and mix with the other billions of good little things that the others do, will give meaning to the world we live in. As flawed or impossible and even cruel, as it can be at times.
When I was in Romania last time, I talked to an old sweet lady (who never left the country) about the dogs being treated better in the third world than in her neighbourhood and she agreed that is shameful. I want to believe that she maybe began to feed some leftovers to the strays running around outside her garden, since. I will be in Romania again this summer, pet a bunch of doggies that have their tummies full but never get cuddles or the other way around and hopefully, there will be some curious neighbour spreading the word or test a bit of kindness, himself. 😉
If you were wondering, in Panama, Costa Rica, USA and Sweden animals have more groove than any tourist, they are far more stylish and educated and they can probably surf, as well.
Below, however, you have a family of 4 stray puppies (plus mommy), that live in the forest in front of the hotel I stayed at in Flic en Flac, Mauritius. They are sweet, happy to play and hungry, unfortunately, as their owners are extremely poor. Do not close your eyes if you see something like this. Buy some food and share some love. I love Mauritius, it’s darn paradise, but these puppies here have melted my heart far more than any paradise on earth.
Whether it is about puppies, volunteering, dietary habits or a kind word to someone, whatever you choose to give, give as often as you can. The world will give back pure happiness.