“The animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren; they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.”
Henry Beston, The Outermost House, 1928.
I would add that they are worthy of our respect, protection, and kindness. May we stop inflicting cruelty, stop adding to the pain in the world. There’s enough of it already. May we learn that true courage is giving, and kindness is strength.