“How would you feel if you were kept in a cage indefinitely?” Activists and animal rights advocates often ask this question to help people imagine the life of caged animals.
Locked in a steel cage, away from their home and family—life of a caged animal is no life at all. Yet, we have remained indifferent. The line of empathy, connecting us with caged animals has remained blurred, until now.
The global pandemic has brought the world to a screeching halt by introducing chaos and uncertainty into it. But, as is said, every dark cloud comes with a silver lining, so has the coronavirus. While it took away lives, jobs, and freedom, it gave humanity a new perspective to re-evaluate their lives and that of the animals kept in cages.
Today, if we were asked the same question about the freedom of caged animals, the answer will be quite different and empathetic. In this feature, Soulveda explores humanity’s shift in perspective, its learned lessons, and what we can do for the freedom of caged animals.
The true value of freedom
Be it a self-imposed quarantine or a government-issued mandate, many are confined to their homes, unable to step out. The four walls have become invisible bars of a cage. No wonder this lockdown has put millions in distress; taking the anxiety levels and the cases of panic attacks through the roof. Imagine being stuck like this for years to come, like animals at your favourite zoos.
While your time in quarantine will eventually come to an end, many wild animals are trapped in zoos and other such establishments for their entire lives. And for what, our amusement? This lockdown period is the perfect opportunity to build the bridge of compassion between us and the caged animals. Because if not now, when?