Should All Animals Be Treated Equal?


Animals share this planet with us. Some humans believe that non-human lives aren’t as important as our lives. Animals aren’t human so they are just a part of matter taken up unnecessary space right? Of course not. Others might feel the only exception is pets (cats, dogs, ferrets, exotic birds, rabbits, select rodents, etc). I’m here to kinda break that belief system for ya.

All lives are important. All animals should be treated equally and with the same respect as pets. This is deep and more people should think outside the box when it comes to all life forms on this planet. Here’s a story. By the way, I’m about to tell you a story that happened earlier today. This morning, me and my son Jordan were headed home from the grocery store. We were walking toward our apartment when we heard this loud screeching noise. I thought it was probably the lawn guys with their equipment, but as we came closer, it wasn’t a machine. It was a helpless Great-Tailed Grackle. We looked and just thought it was doing one of the mating calls, but that wasn’t the case. Plus it’s February and I don’t remember them being so bold in winter months. Have you ever seen a grackle flare up and do his dance to impress his female companion? We have many times! It’s pretty entertaining. This little guy was there with another Grackle who was walking after him. His legs were a bit weird and with a cry like that, we could tell he was in some serious pain. When we saw him, we just stopped. There are drivers who come through the complex and he was in the middle of the street. I didn’t want this bird to be a victim of a careless driver who simply felt this bird’s life didn’t matter.

The Great-Tailed Grackle in our complex.

Jordan and I went in our home, dropped the groceries, grabbed a shoe box if we needed it and came running back out. Jordan was ahead of me and was able to get close pretty close to the Grackle. The second bird left and could be seen in the tree right above where we were standing. The bird didn’t budge while Jordan was standing next to him. The bird was no longer yelling in pain, but had a limp. Someone came and tried to touch the bird with it’s shoe to see if he could scare the bird away. I asked him not to touch the bird with his shoe. Then this man was like, “let nature take its course.” He was basically saying, if it was dying, let it die. He left and that was that. Me and Jordan stayed with him for about 7 minutes. I know very little about birds, but if one was in situation like this fella, I would definitely help if I could.

This Grackle let us get really close. He wasn’t afraid and stared at the both of us the entire time. One thing I can say about birds is that they will trust you if you give them a reason to trust you. Me and my sons had a memorable experience with a pigeon who was after the left over chips my sons dropped on the ground a few months ago. Birds are intelligent in their own way :).

To end this story, eventually, the bird started to fluff up his feathers. He limped and moved his feet a little. I would think to see if he was okay. He then spread his wings and flew off slowly.  We both were relieved, because the last thing we both wanted to do was later see this bird’s guts smashed into the ground. I believe fate takes its place. I also believe we shouldn’t just ignore another non-human, non pet life as if it’s unimportant. We both went back in our home feeling better about the situation.

Within the past 2 years, we have rescued 2 dogs and 1 kitten.

My question to you is this. Should all animals be treated equal?