I agree material is the most vital source of living. But is that above humanity? Can one be so ostentatious that she/ he become indifferent towards other organisms from whom he derives material.
I would like to share one incident that changed my feelings for animals. I didn’t actually empathized with animals before this incident. I was in Thailand for a vacation. We went to the Tiger park where we can get pictures clicked with baby and adult tigers. I had a direct eye contact with a baby tiger trapped inside the bars for about 30-40 seconds. I was just a few centimeters away from him , for a moment I did not realize it was a ” TIGER” I was sharing my feelings with. His eyes were watery, he was starving for freedom and his natural nature was distorted. He wanted to evade so badly. The other moment I heard people discussing money they would give to get pictures clicked with the tiger. There were two contrasting behaviors : humans on one side being excited and earning profit , the tigers on the other side – belligerent. helpless, and anguished . This behavior to me is now justified , its completely inept , its immoral and restrained .
We have usurped their lives. Even animals intend to live tranquil life . Mental health of animals is as important as humans. We must stop our contemptable and profiteer attitude towards animals .