Taming Man’s Inhumanity to Animals

posted on Apr 15, 2023 by

The time is ripe for Nigerians to rise to the challenge of seeming man’s Inhumanity to Animals. This could be seen through the recent man’s Inhumanity to Roxie, a dog that was mercilessly killed in the presence of the owner on account of violation of the estate’s regulations.

It’s true that the rights of animals cannot be superimposed on human rights, nevertheless, we must recognize that animals are entitled to their own space and dealt with as sentient beings.

This was explicitly enunciated by Professor Roger Brambell of the United Kingdom in his treatise on five levels of Animal Welfare. Freedom from fear and anxiety, freedom from pain, injury and diseases, freedom from hunger and thirst, Freedom from discomfort and freedom to express normal behavior .

Many scientific evidences abound to show that societies that promote animal welfare have corresponding improved human welfare and wellbeing.

If we desire a country where human rights would be protected, where sustainable livelihood and human welfare would be promoted, then, we need to introspect on our attitude towards animal welfare and make necessary amendments.

The key to eliminate man’s Inhumanity to man is to end man’s Inhumanity to animals!

Dr. Ibikunle A. Faramade

President, SARP

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