My son and I were at the Blue Cross last week. We spend few hours, one Sunday a month with the homeless puppies who have found shelter in the loving arms of Blue Cross, an organisation that works tirelessly to prevent cruelty to animals and provides care, not to mention, much needed voice to abandoned animals and protection against man. Seeing those tiny helpless little ones I wonder what justifies calling another human being a ‘dog’ to insult or as a swear word!
Much has been written about our youth and about what a self-absorbed lot they are. But one should come to Blue Cross to see the committed bunch of youngsters who have volunteered their free time to help run the organisation. I salute their sense of altruism and its this that makes the world go round.
Two weeks ago we were there feeding some puppies, when we heard a young man arguing with a volunteer. The young man had bought a puppy sometime back. After a month he decided that he had no time for the puppy and wanted to ‘hand it over’ to the Blue Cross. The volunteer tried his best to make the young man understand that it was cruelty on his part, as the pup would have developed a bond with the young man and his home and that it’d suffer. But nothing seemed to move the young man. He was determined to abandon it.
I was utterly shocked by the callousness and the insensitivity of the young man. I couldn’t help wonder where he’d have been if his mother after giving birth to him decided she had no time for him and wanted to give him up! The young man, an engineer, working at an IT firm, unfortunately was not educated enough to think beyond himself and his schedule. He may have succeeded materialistically and as an individual but as a human failed miserably.
Why do such people even venture out to endeavour to care? Such people are a black-mark on a society that is attempting in vain to survive against odds and so badly needs hope in a world that has stilled.
One has heard of IQ, intelligence quotient but some people need liberal doses of EQ, emotional quotient and this need to be interwoven into our educational system if we have any hopes of inculcating the spirit of caring because we have become incapable of being born with it!
Section 11 of Prevention of cruelty to animals act 1960 clearly enumerates all those actions that are deemed as punishable.
When the volunteer’s pleas fell on deaf ears, with a sigh he called the Director of the place to intervene, who quietly heard him out. All he mentioned was Section 11 and the young man dashed out promising to take care of his puppy.
It’s a pity that one has to arm-twist someone into caring. But is there any other way? Does this young world heed otherwise?