The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated.
I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.
Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi
They are our most loyal friends, fans and family members.
They give us unconditional love, snuggles, and warm bodies. We laugh at them and with them. We talk to them like they are our babies (well, they are aren't they?... Maybe a wee bit furrier than babies but they are still our babies)
Ignored, tossed to the side and many beaten as if they are not even living, loving and thoughtful creatures.
the ones that keep our Earth beautiful, safe and healthy and eco-systems growing...the wild ones that we depend on for food (that we don't need) or just to keep our feet warm...or for a fin or 2 to make a buck...and even a pelt to make a nice shade of lipstick.