"Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives." 
                                              -Albert Schhweitzer 

This page is dedicated to all of the animals in the world who love us unconditionally...

In MY opinion, there are many animal species that we share our beautiful world with that have the VERY SAME INALIENABLE right to live their lives to the best of their abilities that WE as human beings do. In fact, since I feel so strongly about this, I think I will repeat exactly what I said in the HUMAN RIGHTS page which is, "Every single animal on this earth has the exact same right to be treated with nothing less than the dignity, understanding and respect that we ALL deserve."

By THIS I mean the following: Just because we as human beings find ourselves in the fortunate position of being able to communicate with one another by the use of our various languages, and just because we as human beings possess the ability to reason with one another on a higher intellectual plane than our animal counterparts, absolutely positively DOES NOT give us the power and/or the right to USE these abilities in such a way that they will cause any type of inhumanity and/or cruelty to the animal whatsoever!

There are a few important issues that I would now like to address and the first one concerns the eating of an animal's flesh...Now I am not about to think that I am so "all powerful" or so "all controlling" as to think that I have the right to stand on a soapbox and preach to anybody about what they SHOULD and should NOT consume as part of their individual dietary nutrition.  I mean let's FACE it...there are plenty of people in the world who we all know for a fact are AVID animal lovers but for reasons of their own (or their doctors') have chosen to eat meat. Now how do "I" know what an individual's particular nutritional and/or dietary needs or laws consist of in order for them to live a healthy physical and emotional life?  I am certainly not about to sit here and presume that I can judge anybody's entire character make-up based solely upon what they choose to eat because we as human beings are much too complex for THIS sort of stereotyping.

I wonder how many people have seen the movies called,"Alive?" and "Castaway?" (in MY opinion, Tom Hanks deserved an Oscar for best actor). Well if you HAVE seen one or both of them then you already know where this is leading you to.  If you HAVEN'T yet seen one or both of them and after reading my link of what "Alive" is about, feel that you are emotionally able to handle the movie's content, then I suggest that you view it, for it will without a doubt show you what a human is capable of doing in order to survive. 

The next issue I would like to talk about is something that should concern anybody who has an ounce of decency inside of them and this is the subject of the testing of innocent animals in the name of furthering scientific research...

While I DO believe that we must do everything in our power to continue the preservation of the human race, I do NOT believe that in DOING so, any living creature need suffer cruel and/or inhumane treatment by our own hand... 

Take the cosmetic industry for example...Anybody who knows me, knows that I love cosmetics.  While it may be true that I DO feel that it is important for us to wear cosmetics to enhance our appearance, I am ADAMANTLY AGAINST the use of inflicting pain and suffering upon an innocent animal should it find itself in the unfortunate position of being tortured against its will in the name of science. You may be wondering whether there are any OTHER options in regard to making certain that the cosmetics that you buy will be absolutely safe for you to use, so let me now assure you that the answer is an unqualified YES!!!!!!! Please keep in mind that there are plenty of cosmetic companies that do NOT do animal testing and believe me, I LOVE seeing those words on a cosmetic product! 

As far as the medical industry is concerned, I ALSO understand that there are other options available to them besides putting animals through cruel experimentation procedures, and it is my hope that some day soon on the horizon, both humans AND animals will no longer have to be the "guinea pigs" for every single new medical discovery that comes along. If you would like to read more about these subjects, please click on the following links: 

The Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing

On the subject of trapping, I DETEST it for ANY reason...

On the subject of hunting, I can understand you doing this only if you are prepared to consume what you have hunted (after having employed humane tactics while DOING so), but if you are hunting for mere sport alone, then I detest THIS practice as well. 

And now here is something that will uplift your heart and mind...did you know that pets can actually help human beings live longer, healthier lives (and vice versa of course)  well they most definitely CAN and I for one am not the least bit surprised by this beautiful fact!  If you would like to read more about this subject, please click on the following links:

The Healing Power of Pets
The Human-Animal Bond - Veterinary Medicine - Lots of Great Links!
Pets Helping People
Canine Companions
Dog Owner's Guide: Therapy, guide and assistance dogs
15 Dogs With Jobs That Put Your Resume to Shame
16 Harworking Cats Who Got Actual Jobs (and some wear uniforms!)
The 24 Most Heroic Animals in History
Books About the Human-Animal Bond
The Gentle Barn - Teaching People Kindness and Compassion To Animals, Each Other, and our Planet
Patty Summers - Professional in Human/Animal Understanding & Communication

This is soooo wonderful!  Did you know that according to the efforts of our lawmakers, it is now a felony here in the United States of America to abuse an animal? Read about it here.

I love it, I just love it.

State Animal Cruelty Laws
Report Animal Cruelty

I was sent this page which is located within a woman's website and I had to place it here to share with you, since I feel that it is one of the most breathtaking and beautiful sights that I have ever seen here in the Internet.

It is of a series of photos consisting of a caring woman named Abigail Alfano, who is also known affectionately as, "the Hummingbird Lady" and she is definitely that!

I just wrote to Abigail telling her how much she's touched my heart.