Thanksgiving Thoughts

Animal Compassion Quilt, by Joan D’Avanzo (Wikimedia Commons)

By Risa M. Mandell

Some headlines of the past month:  60 years on, what happened to all the animals sent into space; Gunman abused animals before killing 26 in Texas church; Why would anyone want to shoot a sea otter; Animals were taken into a locked clinic and “never came out”; Plastic found in ocean animals living seven miles deep.

I’m thankful for my human kin who want to protect other animals from our own fierce species as we recognize that the playing field isn’t level and as we’re unwilling to take advantage of the power differential, all the while acknowledging superior kinds of intelligence embodied in other species.

May all humans come to recognize and acknowledge the sentience of all beings towards creating a kind and gentle world.