COMPASSION FOR ALL BEINGS
A natural corollary to nonviolence is jiva daya or compassion towards all, the importance of which cannot be emphasized enough in today's 'eye-for-an-eye' world. As DR Singhvi says in The Jain Declaration on Nature: "Ancient Jain texts explain that it is the intention to harm, the absence of compassion, that makes an action violent. Without violent thought there could be no violent action. When violence enters our thoughts, we remember Mahavir's words—you are that which you intend to hit, injure, insult, torment, persecute, torture, enslave or kill."
Agrees swasthi shree ckp swamiji says "Ahimsa or nonviolence is not only non-killing, it also means that one's attitude must be of maitri and peace karuna bhaav . The real meaning of ahimsa is pramoda& maitri. There are thought to be countless jivas, life or life forms, that populate the earth, air, water and are present all around us. How are we to behave towards these? With maitri."1) What is animal cruelty?
Animal cruelty encompasses a range of behaviors harmful to animals, from neglect to malicious killing. Most cruelty investigated by humane officers is unintentional neglect that can be resolved through education. Intentional cruelty, or abuse, is knowingly depriving an animal of food, water, shelter, socialization, or veterinary care or maliciously torturing, maiming, mutilating, or killing an animal.
2) Why is it a concern?
All animal cruelty is a concern because it is wrong to inflict suffering on any living creature. Intentional cruelty is a particular concern because it is a sign of psychological distress and often indicates that an individual either has already experienced violence or may be predisposed to committing acts of violence.
3) Why would anyone be cruel to animals?
There can be many reasons. Animal cruelty, like any other form of violence, is often committed by a person who feels powerless, unnoticed, and under the control of others. The motive may be to shock, threaten, intimidate, or offend others or to demonstrate rejection of society's rules. Some who are cruel to animals copy things they have seen or that have been done to them. Others see harming an animal as a safe way to get revenge on someone who cares about that animal.
4) Can reports be made anonymously?
While many jurisdictions will respond to an anonymous complaint, successful prosecutions often depend on an identifiable witness who can authenticate evidence.
5) If the animals are raised to be eaten or used in other ways, isn’t that okay?
Two hundred years ago in the United States, humans raised other humans as slaves. The fact that these humans were raised to be slaves did not justify their slavery. For the same reason, raising animals for the purpose of eating them, using them for entertainment or sport, experimenting on them, or using their fur or skin does not justify their exploitation.
6) Other animals eat each other. Why can’t we eat them?
Predators in the wild kill other animals out of necessity. Without doing so, they would not survive. Humans, on the other hand, kill other animals by choice. Our bodies have no need whatsoever for animal flesh, milk, or eggs. In fact, medical research has consistently shown that a vegan diet is healthier than a diet heavy in animal products. Eating animals is not necessary for human survival. Rather, it is a choice we make. Is it right for us to choose to cause animals unnecessary suffering?
7) Humans are the smartest animals and we’re at the top of the food chain. Why shouldn’t we use our strength to our benefit?
A. The “might makes right” argument has been used by many to justify cruelty and domination throughout history. Just as intelligence is an insufficient characteristic to justify human supremacy, so is strength.
8) If you want to be vegan, that’s fine. But, don’t tell me what to do.
Imagine saying to someone, “If you don’t want to beat your child, that’s fine. But, don’t tell me not to beat mine.” While we are entitled to believe what we like, we are not entitled to treat others—especially those who may be weaker—however we like. If we are harming others in our actions, people have every right to ask that we stop.
A beautiful example of this jiva daya moodbidri jain math mass feeding dailyoo people &animal, birds t is epitomized in the Charity Birds Hospital in the Digambar Lal Mandir complex in Old Delhi, India. The only one of its kind in the world, the hospital was founded in 1929 by Laccho Mal Jain. He would sit in the temple every evening and often see birds fly into the temple's ceiling and get hurt. Looking to relieve their suffering, he devoted one room in his house for treating sick birds. Today, the hospital is housed in a two-storied building and even has an OPD and has a separate floor for convalescing birds.
People from far and near often write in for advice on bird diseases. A young boy, Irfan, who brought his sick pigeon to the OPD while I was there said: "Whenever any of my birds is sick, I rush it to this hospital. Afterwards, I let the hospital staff release them." A Jain restaurant owner in nearby Chandani Chowk, Delhi says: "Sometimes when birds fly into the fans in my restaurant and are injured, we take them to the bird hospital. As a Jain, this is my small way of following jiva daya."