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Animals also have rights. Animals also do not want to suffer. They want to be treated humanely. They want to receive love and affection. And they certainly want to live out their natural lives. They do not want to die or be killed before their natural end. This is also their right. - Garda Ghista

By Garda Ghista

[[ World Prout Assembly ]] Originally published September 2004

Two hundred years ago Europeans enslaved millions of black Africans and brought them to the Americas on ships. And millions died on those ships, from disease, malnutrition, starvation and just plain cruelty. Today, most people understand that this was wrong, and that black Africans have equal human value as white-skinned people. However, we need to now move one step further, and expand our minds a little more. Animals also have rights. Animals also do not want to suffer. They want to be treated humanely. They want to receive love and affection. And they certainly want to live out their natural lives. They do not want to die or be killed before their natural end. This is also their right. The great activist and writer, Taslima Nasrin, describes in her autobiography, Meyebela, the occasion of a festival, as follows:

"People started to make arrangements for the sacrifice. A black bull had been brought three days before, and was now tied to the banyan tree. Tears were streaming from its dark eyes. Suddenly I felt my heart ache. Here

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