One day, at my toastmaster’s meeting, I asked the following question:
Human beings appear to be very fond of pets. They spend a lot of time and money on them and take them to vets and give them medicines if they fall sick. Somebody is reported to have even spent a million dollars to get her cat cloned. But with all that, people seem to have no hesitation to go hunting and kill beautiful animals. Or kill animals for food, even though man can easily survive on vegetarian food. How do we explain this dichotomy of human mind that lets him love and kill with the same ease?
The gentleman who answered the question said that some animals are simply raised to be killed. He said that one generally raises a cow to kill it while he raises a dog to love it – or something to that effect. I did not feel it was a satisfactory answer. A cow that gives us gallons and gallons of milk is meant only to be killed? Or that sweet little bleating lambs are only meant to be killed? And the rough, barking dogs are meant to be loved?
Personally I feel that I would rather feed a cow than a dog. It is another matter that I am not very comfortable either in the company of a dog or a cow but somehow I feel no preference to a dog over a cow or a sheep.
I am a writer. My published books are ‘The Vanished and Vanquished’ (a novel set in mid-20th century in the background of the Kerala matrilineal system), ‘The Elephant’s Trunk and Other Stories’ (children’s stories), ‘The Elephant’s Revenge and Other Stories’ (children’s stories), and ‘A Journey to Self-Publishing’ (my own story). All my books are Kindle editions and can be seen at https://www.amazon.com/author/kalyanikurup
I am a member of a writers group called ‘Writers of Chantilly’. My contributions have appeared in their anthologies. I was a member of ‘Toastmasters International’. Have done up to ACS.
Currently working on a children’s novel ‘Mystic and His Snake’.