His Eye is on the Sparrow: Animal Welfare and Christian Responsibility

I am a born again believer and my relationship with Jesus Christ remains the most important aspect of my life. And though every day I fall so very short of what I can and should be as a child of God and a representative of Christ on Earth, my faith informs every aspect of my life.So much of my walk of faith has been shaped from my earliest memories by those closest to me, dear ones who share my faith and my struggles, the challenges of living a Christ-like life in an un-Christ-like world.
My faith has carried over in important ways to my relationship with animals. I have held precious animals as they took their last breath. I have fed abandoned kittens and cradled them all night long when they were too tiny to sustain their own body heat.
As a Christian, I love all living things, including animals. In fact, for me, the love of animals is profoundly and inextricably bound up with my faith in Christ. Unfortunately, this fierce and enduring connection between faith and animal fellowship is not something many of my fellow Christians share. 


I have known many deeply faithful Christians who refused to pray for a sick, injured, or lost animal because they believed that animals were not possessed of souls. For them, to pray for a soulless creature would be a form of disrespect—if not sacrilege.And that is the challenge that so many Christians face. It is the dichotomy between compassion and apathy which, as a Christian and an animal rescuer, activist, and advocate, chills me to the bone.
The soul is composed of 3 elements: a Mind to think, a Heart to feel emotions, and a Will to decide. Animals, just as humans, possess these characteristics.Animals can become sad, and depressed, if mistreated.Likewise, animals are happy and content when we respect them as creatures of God's divine handiwork and omnipotence.
Many Christians base their relationship with animals on Genesis 1: 26: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” (KJV).

It is this idea of “dominion” which so often drives Christian attitudes toward animal, all too often leading to negligence in the best cases and to brutality in the worst. The 2017 online edition of the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “dominion”, alternatively, as “supreme authority” and “absolute ownership.”
Far too often, though, Christians distort and abuse this idea of “absolute ownership” for their own selfish gains, for reasons that have nothing to do with adherence to God’s commandments. In the name of “dominion,” they may discard or kill an animal whose care has become too costly, asserting that this is the God-given right of the proprietor to dispose of his “belongings” as he sees fit. They may “punish” or “break” an animal who does not submit to human will—an animal who does not easily take to the yoke or the bridle, who does not perform adequately at aquatic parks or in circuses, an animal that dares to exhibit aggression against a human, no matter how grossly it has been treated. In the name of human “dominion”, animals are relegated to the backyards of our homes, spending their entire lives crushed and torn by the weights of heavy chains, left alone to languish in the heat of summer and to tremble in the agonies of winter, subsisting on dirty water and insect infested food as the sounds of the family’s laughter and the scent of bounteous food wafts from the kitchen window. 
In the name of “dominion”—and commerce—animals spend their lives in cramped cages, bearing litter after litter to of “high-end” purebreds and coveted “designer” mixes, even as their bones deform to the shape of their wire prisons, their skin crawls with vermin and flames with bites, their sight clouds from lifetimes spent in darkness, and their spirit erodes from a life that has never known kindness, never felt the touch of a gentle hand, never heard the soft voice of Christ-like compassion.
Around the world, every day, animals are either skinned alive, or boiled alive so that their fur can be harvested in the service of human vanity. They are cut, poisoned, tortured, and brutalized before their lives are finally taken to support so-called “research” that too often provides no tangible benefit to humanity whatsoever. 

To meet humans’ insatiable gluttony, sows are confined for their entire lives in nursing pens with no room even to lie down or turn around; chickens are stuffed into cramped cages with thousands of other birds, suffering broken bones and suffocation in the crushing throng; cattle are stunned with electric prods and their throats slit before being hung from by their hind legs to bleed slowly to death. And these are horrors that are repeated countless times each day on a global scale.

In my life, I have seen terrible things: animals starved and beaten: Cats so traumatized by abuse they were scheduled for euthanasia because their fear of humans made them “unadoptable”; dogs burned, shot, beaten, and stabbed.America is a purportedly Christian nation where humanity is said to prevail…
In the name of some supposed God-given hierarchy, the welfare of non-human animals is deemed secondary, non-essential, an afterthought, or even a luxury that only the wealthy, the indulgently softhearted, or the foolish can afford. And this is all not only rationalized but presented as a divine right and duty, a commandment from God.
But I know another Jesus. The Jesus I know is the Jesus of love. Of mercy. Of tenderness and of loving kindness. My Jesus is the Jesus whose eye is on the sparrow, the One who witnesses each sparrow’s fall. Note Luke 12: 6, “Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?” (KJV) and Psalm 50: 10-11: “For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. / I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine” (KJV italics original).
We, as Christians, do not own these animals. WE do not hold supreme authority over them. They belong, always, and forever, to God, their Creator, and it is in Him that supreme authority rests. We are stewards. We are not proprietors. We are caretakers, not creators. So, when His eye is on the sparrow, know that it is also on the keeper of the sparrow. When He claims His cattle, His fowl, His beasts of the field, be certain that the stewards charged with their care will be called to account.
If we are to be Christians, the we must be Christ-like—and at the heart of this is love; it is compassion; it is wonder in and reverence for the works of divine creation, particularly those imbued with the sacred breath of life. Only when we learn to do this, to exercise the tender-loving care for all creatures that God has so abundantly and undeservedly heaped upon us that we will truly understand what it means to worship.Only then we will truly have the capacity to see and to reverence His works as we should. Only then will we truly be the representatives of Christ that we are called to be. Because the Bible says that the animals have much to teach us: “But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: / Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. / Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this? / In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind” (Job 12: 7-10, KJV). How many more precious innocents must suffer and die before we finally learn?

Motivational Bible Quotes that gives us strength and resilience in Christ.
Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Psalm 119:28 My soul melteth for heaviness: Strengthen thou me according unto thy word.

1 Corinthians 10:13 – There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].

Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: For the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation.

Psalm 118:14 The LORD is my strength and song, And is become my salvation.

Psalm 28:7-8 The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in him, and I am helped: Therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; And with my song will I praise him. The LORD is their strength, And he is the saving strength of his anointed.

Psalm 22:19 But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me.

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.

Psalm 31:24 – Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

Isaiah 41:10 – Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Psalm 18:32 It is God that girdeth me with strength, And maketh my way perfect.

Mark 11:24 - Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive [them], and ye shall have [them]

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 – And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Isaiah 40:31 – But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.

1 Chronicles 16:11 Seek the LORD and his strength, Seek his face continually.

Deuteronomy 31:6 – Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he [it is] that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Deuteronomy 20:4 – For the LORD your God [is] he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.

Habakkuk 3:19 The LORD God is my strength, And he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, And he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Final Thoughts
Our strength and utmost motivation comes from the Lord, and that is the resounding pattern in the Bible. He holds us up and gives rest and joy, when we trust Him throughout fear and weakness.References – KJB

Inspirational Quotes with Bible References (KJB)
“Learn to live a day at a time. Yesterday is history, let it slide. Today is come, make good use of it by utilizing it to the best, because really, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. His blood has made us whole.  Tomorrow is a mystery, just pray and believe in God for the best.”
II Corinthians 5:17
 -Shenita Etwaroo

“The road to success is never that smooth. There are obvious portholes you would step in. There are hills you must cross, and you will. Thus, no matter how rough your journey might be, keep up hopes in God so you will not falter. No matter how dark the days might seem, don’t forget to smile, and always have it at the back of your mind that there is light at the end of the tunnel.” It takes a broad smile to make a dark day seem so bright.
Psalm 119:105
  -Shenita Etwaroo

“The Lord is righteous and Mighty in power. In as much as you believe in Him, He will always be with you and never let you down. You have nothing to fear…God is always with you.”
Isiah 41:2
  -Shenita Etwaroo

“There’s absolutely no power, forces or demon that can hinder the firm resolve of a soul fully determined to serve the Lord. For such soul shall do all things wonderfully and reap fruits bountifully.”
Philippians 4:13
  -Shenita Etwaroo

“Everyone who seeks for harbor under the abode of God shall not be devoured by devourers but be saved. God is not a failure that He should fail. Put your trust in God, serve Him wholeheartedly and you will always be successful in each of your endeavors.”
Isaiah 12:2
  -Shenita Etwaroo

“While prayer is the Master key, belief in Christ is a treasure. And even though grace is divine, when the willpower of our heart towards our desire is strong, the lock to our supplications is assuredly opened without no holding back.
Mark 11:24
  -Shenita Etwaroo

“Why crawl when you can walk? Why run when you can fly? Good things obviously come to those who wait on the Lord. Don’t let your heart be troubled whilst waiting for God to answer your desires. Those who wait upon the face of the Lord shall never be weary. They shall never blame themselves for waiting, because God will renew their strength, and they will consequently go ahead of others. And no matter how slow their starting might be, they will fly while others walk or crawl!”
Isiah 40: 31
  -Shenita Etwaroo

“Believe in Christ with the abundance of your heart and you will surely live in abundance. For everything that you need to sustain through life would be provided by God. Your needs are gracefully met.”
Philippians 4:19
  -Shenita Etwaroo

“Everything happens for a reason, that’s why it’s said that every delay is a blessing. Hard times will come, don’t ever allow it to weigh you down or stop you from serving God continuously. Sometimes, God only wants to see how much you believe in him as you claim. There’s no repose, no delay or unforeseen circumstances that befall a man without the knowledge of God. Keep up the faith and rejoice!”
I Corinthians 10:13
  -Shenita Etwaroo
Christianity:
“When there are a thousand outside voices telling me that I should dress this way, eat this way, go to this club, shop at this mall, the one true place I can look to for peace of mind and inner tranquillity is the Word of God.”
-Shenita Etwaroo 

“It is most definitely possible to be a Christian and champion women’s rights. Jesus was a champion of women’s rights. Jesus fed the poor. Jesus forgave all. In order to fix the world, we all need to act a lot more Christ-like.”
-Shenita Etwaroo 

“The modern mechanism of Christianity and some of the pollution in the church can only be cured with love of God and following His will, not turning on one another.”
-Shenita Etwaroo 

“What would it be like if we spent as much time reading the Scriptures as we did scrolling through our Facebook and Twitter feeds?”
-Shenita Etwaroo 

“I close my eyes and fill my senses with God, and I feel hope.”
-Shenita Etwaroo 

“I do my best to take care of my physical health. I eat a plant-based diet, I exercise plenty. I nourish my soul the same way with my faith. Christ’s love feeds my spirit.”
-Shenita Etwaroo 

“Having faith is bravery. Faith requires no evidence, just tremendous strength of spirit and a mind that conquers doubt.”
-Shenita Etwaroo 

“Being a Christian is not about leading a perfect life. That’s a common misconception that should be dispelled as much as possible, because the point is that we’re fallible. We are supposed to live lives of constant betterment and try to become who God designed.”
-Shenita Etwaroo

People, especially modern cynics, love to pose the question of pain, as in, why does God allow suffering? God is the salve to our pain, God sustains us when we were broken. God is not a man bent on our destruction, but on our redemption.
-Shenita Etwaroo

We are never truly alone, even when it feels that way. It is horrible that we should need to feel that way, but even when we feel all our friends and loved ones have turned their backs on us, God is still holding us in His arms.
-Shenita Etwaroo

I was bullied from the time that I was a small child and into my adulthood—sometimes, I still feel as though I’m being bullied. It has left me with my own scars to bear, and we truly must prioritize helping our children in situations like these.
-Shenita Etwaroo

I think it is especially the duty of our churches and youth organizations for the church to directly address bullying and to implement programs to take the matter seriously and put an end to the merciless evil.
-Shenita Etwaroo

Through all of these anti-bullying campaigns and so-called ‘no tolerance’ programs adopted by school districts, why are children still falling through the cracks?
-Shenita Etwaroo

With the lamp of God’s love lighting the way, although it is fearsome, we can navigate the darkened world. What’s even better is that we can see the points of light of our brothers and sisters in Christ, and we can find our way together.
-Shenita Etwaroo
Friends: Sometimes, life can be a little unfair while wriggling through the ups and downs. In our pursuit to make life worthy enough to be loved and cherish, we may hit the unnoticed life stump which leads to a horrific memory that in most cases leaves a deep psychological scar. Going down the memory lane and reflecting on those hard times sometimes may not be enough to compensate what these memories have caused already.
Everyone experiences a varying degree of stress, what distinguishes stress reactions from trauma is the degree of threat and the degree of helplessness inclusively. 
Naturally, stress drives us to the edge of our enduring capability, but we're still able to reflect and function to some heights. With trauma, we are paralyzed, unable to reply, unable to devise strategies of security or action. However, the world has presented us with a situation that we cannot understand, master, or respond to, but even in the midst of the dark clouds, there's sure to be a promising light end.
Very frightening or distressing events may result in a psychological wound or injury. This trauma can result in difficulty in coping or functioning normally. Everyone's reaction to potentially traumatic experiences is different. Most people recover well with the help of family and friends and do not experience long-term problems. Some people experience problems directly after the traumatic event or much later.
If you've experienced a stressful or disturbing scenario that's left you feeling down and emotionally out of control, you may have been traumatized. Psychological trauma may leave you struggling with upsetting notions, reminiscences, and anxiety that won't fade off that easily. It can also leave you feeling disconnected and unable to trust certain people. Each time awkward things surfaces, it may take a while to get over the pain and become safe again. Nonetheless, whether the trauma happened in a couple of years ago or yesterday, you can always make solution changes and move on with your life, it's precious.
It is quite understandable how gross our past ordeals can negatively influence the beauty of our dream life, and I'm pretty sure no one would want for his or her life to become uninviting and gloomy. We hold the rein of our lives and dream not just to make it jaw dropping but worth showing off to the world.
Isolating and beating one's self in the head is not a point here as it will one make matters worse. Relating to others face to face will significantly suffice, so make sure to keep a quality relationship and avoid wasting away.
Ultimately, It brings me great sorrow when I see people give in to life circumstances, have you forgotten that your reactions to others and what comes your way take a greater contribution in the definition of life itself? In that stead, I urge everyone, sitting idly and drenched in depression to stand up to the call of your true self. "How we treat life's statue is exactly how we'll define it, and its impact on us."
INSPIRING HUMAN RIGHTS QUOTES
“We would be called democracy so long we have enough people in this world willing to fight for their rights.”
 -Shenita Etwaroo

“You can exile a man, but you can never exile his idea. You can lock a man up in the prison, but an idea cannot be imprisoned. You can kill a man, but an idea can never be killed.”
 -Shenita Etwaroo

“We need officials who will commit to the health of the nation and the rights of the people, through electing the right people, however, we would be able to ensure that no private sector institution and no group of ideologues can co-opt our rights, drive us into insensible wars and steal the nation from its people.”
 -Shenita Etwaroo

“Today, something can still be done by those who feel a sense of impotence: they can render support to Amnesty International. They can assist it to stand up for justice and freedom.”
 -Shenita Etwaroo

“Everyone has a right to the alleviation of suffering, the basic personal freedoms, peaceful coexistence and the opportunity to lead a productive life…”
 -Shenita Etwaroo

“Human rights were not invented by Americans. It is the other way around in a very real sense. Human rights invented America.”
 -Shenita Etwaroo

“All people are born equally, treat nobody any less. We all came to the world through the same channel, backgrounds only make us whatever we are today. Don’t ever discriminate because no one lives forever.”
 -Shenita Etwaroo

“Torture is still being committed in secret in most part of the world even though it’s banned in two-thirds of the world’s countries. Too many governments still give chance to disappearance, murder or unlawful imprisonment to be exercised by their officials with impunity. If we really want to make the world a better place, these definitely has to stop.”
 -Shenita Etwaroo

“With unity and absolute togetherness, we can prevent genocide from taking place again. The future of our children is of great essentiality to us, and we can assuredly make a better future for them if we stand together. Together we stand, divided we fall!”
 -Shenita Etwaroo

 “For a nation to have peace does not necessarily depict the absence of war or violence, but the absence of every other factor that put peace to a threat, such as poverty, inequality, and discrimination. “
 -Shenita Etwaroo

 “The foundation upon which all of us may build our world is referred to as Human Rights. With Human Rights, we can build a world where everybody will live in harmony, serenity and peace and plenty”
  -Shenita Etwaroo

“Medicine could be viewed as social justice work, in a world riven by inequity. Who is considered human enough to have that right, if access to health care is considered a human right? Shelter, education, good health care, and clear water are meant to be encompassed in the set of basics that people must have as birthrights.”
 -Shenita Etwaroo

“Don’t just pray or wish for peace without doing the necessary things in our homes. Let us bring it about. Charity they say, begins at home.”
 -Shenita Etwaroo

“Rights will not be far to seek if we all discharge our duties. If, however, we run after rights and leave our duties unperformed, our rights may not fail to escape us.”
 -Shenita Etwaroo

“Every heart of human harbors the truth, and one has to search for it and find it there. And as one sees it, one has to be guided by it. However, no one has the right to force or coerce another person to act according to his own understanding of truth.”
 -Shenita Etwaroo

Of All on This Earth
In the most well-known way of the Declaration of Individuality, it is effortless to see the relation between theism and human right: “We hold these realities to be obvious, that the entire of men are created in the same way, that they are gifted by the Creator with unalienable certain Human rights, that between these are Right, Life and the chase of Joy.”

For the reason that they ran in such a largely Christian mental sphere, we can understand the language of Declaration’s as embedded in Christianity, not only over-all theism. On the other hand, there’s an indication that the starts of “human rights” support truly did have particular, deep Christian families.
I was captivated to read the chapter of Kyle Harper’s “Christian-themed and the Human Rights” in Allen Hertzke’s and Timothy Shah new book, Liberty and Christianity, from Cambridge University. (The worth of the book will create it reasonable just for great official libraries, but you can acquire it over Interlibrary Loan plans or delay for a softcover version, which I am told is approaching.) Harper, a professor of Christianity and human rights, and the dean at the Oklahoma University records that we usually companion thoughts of human rights with the “Explanation” of the 18th century, on which some of the Declaration draws.

However, Harper postulates that human rights support — particularly that the entire of society have equivalent self-worth — had key if not unique origins in Christianity of the fourth over the 6th centuries. Why did these origins not seem previous, we could ask? Harper responses that the change from the initial religious is that Christians in the age of Constantine were moving into locations of the rule. They might confidence and hope to consequence public difference, in consensus with principles of Christian, for the first time.
Importance Of Human
Mankind is gifted and that is why his life is important on this earth. In reality what differentiates the worth of the human's life from that of additional creatures, although creating him unresolved and outstanding between additional creatures, are his amazing and surprising spiritual and physical talents and potentials. 

Thought of the greatness of human who likes discretion, wisdom, insight, judgment, willpower, knowledge, love, conscience, management and perfectionism, is not informal. And these are just a portion of it as the entire of these are just a portion of the ability and power of man's life. Paralleled to additional creatures, span, and scope of life of human's influence is so amazing and huge that in numerous dimensions deprived of any gap in past, it has continuously involved the attention of theorists and scholars.
The greatest and most significant principle of characteristic privileges is the right to life for humankind.This has been solidly and unanimously recognized by the whole of schools of thought.

The Christian-themed human right is the right to life and it's unique and one of the essential and natural privileges of humankind. It is the necessity of additional rights of mankind. There are not at all other rights for mankind deprived of the right to life.

Essential right means no authorized rule is essential for the being of right, and this rule is for each and every one. Authorized rules in every society and every system must defend and protect the human's right to life to deliver essential protection for man.
In relation to the Declaration of Human Rights, each and every human and even non-human including animals has the right to liberty, life, and safety.
In addition, as said by the Global Covenant on Political and Civil Rights "Every human being has the characteristic and inherent right to life. This right is going to be secure by regulation. No one will be randomly dispossessed and deprived of his or her life."Animal Rights And The Importance Of All Life.
Which is the better deprivation for an animal: to live a great and quality life shortened at not more than its natural period by effortless and painless killing for meat, or to not ever live of any kind? How considerably and a lot of an animal’s life has sufficient value to be worth breathing.
Each animal has their own importance in the life, and even animals are the one that human needs a lot. In addition to, the life of every animal has its own growing history. Each animal’s life arises over the contact of its genotype (or hereditary face paint) with its surroundings, important to what we know and recognize as the animal’s separate phenotype (or its characters). The phenotype himself is not continuous and constant but vicissitudes as the animal grow and eternities and as its atmosphere differs. 
From the naturalist’s viewpoint, the life of animal’s has organic value to its own class, worth to additional species (such as, through environmental contributions) and value to upcoming generations over generative success and hereditary fitness.

Organic standards occur that are comparative in the history of the life of the relative and individual among individuals of a particular species. Comparative trans-species standards lead to evolutionary vicissitudes in species destruction and abundance.
Conclusion
The challenge is to comprehend animals from their own viewpoint if one has faith in that the human opinion is additional significant than the animal vision, whatever that could be. Maybe there might be not any more insult for a sheep than to be considered in terms of a human. 
“No one should be afraid of a jackbooted squad coming and taking them away from the country that is their home.”
-Shenita Etwaroo 

“It should not be anyone’s job to explain to anyone else why they should care about other people.”
-Shenita Etwaroo 

“Human rights are not controversial. What’s controversial is believing that anyone deserves lesser for the simple fact of their race, class, gender, or beliefs.”
-Shenita Etwaroo

“My mother taught me to look each person in the eye as my equal. The thought that anyone would look me in the eye and consider me unequal fuels my will to fight the good fight.”
-Shenita Etwaroo 

“Women around the world should be given the same opportunities, no matter where they are from, as white males from first-world countries.”
-Shenita Etwaroo

“That there should be a single child in poverty in the United States should be a tragedy. That there are millions going to sleep hungry, unsure of where the next meal will come from, is class warfare against the most vulnerable.”
-Shenita Etwaroo

“Coming to America for opportunities should be met with opportunities, not abject hatred.”
-Shenita Etwaroo

“It’s a sick irony that the top elite conservatives of the United States expect every single school child to recite a pledge that boasts freedom and justice for all, when they really only want it for themselves.”
-Shenita Etwaroo

What haunts me is that the prevalence of human trafficking, particularly the sex trafficking of underage girls and young women, means that I have almost definitely seen one of these individuals in my daily life. I’ve sat next to them on the bus, or ordered coffee right behind them. Were their eyes begging for my help, and I simply overlooked, did not notice?
-Shenita Etwaroo

There are so many women suffering in silence, and, yes, men, too. There are so people who are humiliated in their own homes, in front of their children. How are they ever supposed to develop an idea of what safety is?
-Shenita Etwaroo

Spousal violence is a rising problem in the United States. Turn on a true crime television program. You’re pretty much guaranteed to see the program is about a woman who has been murdered, and the woman is almost always murdered by her boyfriend/husband/partner, etc. Are we now consuming this heinous endemic as pop culture and entertainment?
-Shenita Etwaroo

As I stood in line at the drug store one day, I heard a man yelling for someone to come to him, he even whistled. I expected a child (although that would have been unacceptable in its own right), but what I saw was a grown woman, ashamed, frightened. I haven’t been able to get the look in her eyes out of my mind.
-Shenita Etwaroo

There is no ‘big or small’ sexual assault. There is no ‘spectrum’ for sexual assault. All sexual assault is heinous, all sexual assault is equal, and we must take a serious and critical look at the tools we use for prevention and categorize the way they fail children, women, and men everywhere. Then we must fix the problem.
-Shenita Etwaroo
ANIMAL WELFARE QUOTES
Animal trafficking brings $20 billion, yes, billion with a b, into the United States every year, and that’s why you don’t see tighter regulations, higher fines, heftier punishments. As they say, follow the money
-Shenita Etwaroo

There is a famous scene at the beginning of a Star Wars film, where the main character cuts open an animal to climb inside of it to so that he would survive extremely cold weather. People were shocked by this, and they should be. Do they not consider that wearing fur or leather is the same thing?
-Shenita Etwaroo

Special needs animals need special homes with special hearts in order to take care of them. These animals deserve forever homes, too. It’s so disheartening, how often I see posts for adoptions for a dog or cat that have aged twelve years without ever finding their family because of some perceived defect. 
-Shenita Etwaroo

Killing other creatures for sport is something one rarely sees in nature, but we accept it as our nature purely as cognitive dissonance.
-Shenita Etwaroo

“The heart of a person can be judged through the way he treats animals.”
-Shenita Etwaroo

“One of my beliefs when it comes to animals is that they should be adored and respected as citizens of this earth. They should have the right to their own families, their own life and their own freedom.”
-Shenita Etwaroo

“The best friend a man can have is an animal—they are so agreeable, they don’t hate on you and they embrace you without passing any criticism.”
-Shenita Etwaroo

“Animals are better off than a lot of humans, if having soul means being able to feel gratitude, loyalty and love.”
-Shenita Etwaroo

“A part of one’s soul remains asleep until one has loved an animal.”
-Shenita Etwaroo

“As I am in favor of human rights, so am I also in favor of animal rights. That’s the way of a whole human being.”
-Shenita Etwaroo

“The noblest attribute of man is the love for all living creatures.”
-Shenita Etwaroo

“Peradventure a new group of beings landed on planet earth, and these beings believe they are superior over us, humans… just like most of you exercise superiority over other animals, would you ever allow such beings right over you just like you assume rights over other animals?”
-Shenita Etwaroo

“People always say they have a deer heads on their walls because it’s such a beautiful animal. There you go! I have photographs of my mother because I think she’s attractive.”
-Shenita Etwaroo

“One day, soon, the oddness of the seemingly universal belief of human in other animals’ slavery will be palpable. Then, we will be worthier of sharing this planet with them because we will have discovered our souls.”
-Shenita Etwaroo

“The privilege of having a soul is shared with us by Animals.”
-Shenita Etwaroo

“Animals suffer as much as we do. The spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals should be fought against. We won’t have the audacity and the stony heart to impose such sufferings on them if only we were humane and understand what true humanity entails. And appallingly, humanity may not find the desired peace until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things.”
-Shenita Etwaroo

“Don’t rely on a man who excludes an animal from his shelter of pity and compassion. Men like these are likely to deal with fellow men in this same fashion.”
-Shenita Etwaroo

“Although the body of each living creature may be different, the soul remains the same.”
-Shenita Etwaroo

“Animal creation has been so enslaved for long. It’s so bad that we have treated our distant cousins in feathers and furs badly that agreeably beyond doubts, they would depict the Devil in a human form if they were to formulate a religion about us.”
-Shenita Etwaroo

“Because the heart beats under a shelter of wings, feathers, fur or hairs, it is, for that sake, to be of no account?”
-Shenita Etwaroo

“The day we become silent about the things that matter is the moment our lives begin to end.”
-Shenita Etwaroo

“A man is only noble when he has pity on all living creatures.”
-Shenita Etwaroo

“A time will come in life when men will look at the maltreatment and killings of animals the same way they look on the murder of men.”
-Shenita Etwaroo
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“We would all do well to remember that the food chain is more like a network, and everything within that network deserves respect.”
-Shenita Etwaroo

“I couldn’t fathom eating another creature’s flesh any more than I could fathom eating another human’s flesh.”
-Shenita Etwaroo

“A lot of people are terrified of waking up during surgery. Being able to see and feel everything that’s being done to them in the procedure, unable to call for help or ask someone to stop. That fear alone should tell us everything we need to know about why vivisection is heinous.”
-Shenita Etwaroo

“I was talking to a friend and they told me that they’d recently accidentally stepped on their dog’s tail, and how sorry they were, how crushed they felt at the look of fear and betrayal in their pet’s eyes. As she told me this story, she was biting into a chicken sandwich, and I thought about the fear in the eyes of that chicken every day of its life before it became her meal.”
-Shenita Etwaroo

“There used to be this Native American belief that consuming another person’s flesh would inalterably change you into an actual monster. As an extension of that belief, does this make the consumption of any flesh an evil act?”
-Shenita Etwaroo

“I just believe in treating others well. That’s all. I consider all living beings just as important as myself.”
-Shenita Etwaroo

“I think that most of us can say that our lives have been touched by an animal that we’ve loved. We should turn that appreciation towards other animals, too. How many people that eat hamburgers have ever really seen a cow nurture its young? It’s an almost spiritual experience.”
-Shenita Etwaroo

“The fact that rescue animals exist is a blaring siren signal that all pet adoptions should be of rescue animals. Until that moniker no longer exists, there is no reason whatsoever to get any other kind of animal.”
-Shenita Etwaroo