Saturday, October 30, 2010

Humans & Humanity

Humanity @ its best..?!
Yesterday morning, (as usual) it was a bit late while I started to Office. Considering my threshold of laziness, that isn't news. Vehicle traffic on the road was (unusually) sparing! Feels good to see congestion-free 'Namma Metro' lanes in Bangalore. My contentment for getting a chance to drive along so peacefully didn't last too long; as I saw what you can see in the picture above.

Bajaj Chetak scooter (no matter), a Man riding (no matter), and a pillion kid (no matter), with a 'heap' of broiler birds hung all around (this, does matter; at least to me).

Firstly, there should have been some basic thinking happening before procuring the birds for slaughter (well, as far as I know, none opt to procure adult broiler birds for rearing). No issues with non-veg eating; but, that shouldn't be considered a license for committing violence. Birds would have easily been procured from a nearby source/vendor to avoid imposing immense suffering on their part.

Secondly, if at all it was a mandate to procure birds from a distant source/vendor, proper transportation facilities should have been kept handy in advance. When we want the pleasure of eating tasty chicken, why not spend a few bucks more on its transportation?

Thirdly, if it was circumstantially unavoidable to dump the 'heap' of birds at the back of a bike/scooter, minimum common sense should have been employed to drive safe. I observed (can be observed in the above picture too) he was riding so close to the footpath all along, some birds were crushed hard to the edge of the footpath and it was a painful scene to see the feathers of those birds flying out while their head and body being rubbed to the concrete blocks making them cry 'kok-cok'.. 'kokcockak'..

Why do people think it is the bird's fate to undergo such sufferings by being picked up for slaughter? Just because their lives are going to end in a while or so, should we put their life to such 'misery'? At least, by handling them appropriately to reduce the transportation stress, is it not possible to act humane?

No humans are going to live forever; every one of us are going to end our life one day or the other, sooner or later. But still, we make sure to enjoy all possible worldly pleasures throughout our life. Now, then, if 'we' can, why not the 'chickens'? If 'humans' can; why not 'other forms of life' on earth? I get the feeling that, it isn't possible unless those birds peck us to bleeding death.


  1. Hi Prashanth, this is really good that u observed this and brought it into attention via this blog post.. No offence to non-veg eaters but this is one of the reasons I hate non-veg food..

  2. Hey Guddu, nice to see you around! Its been long since you wrote a post in your Blog too.. hope we get to read your thoughts sooner :o)

    Rightly said Guddu! Not only non-veg food, but anything that imparts significant amount of pain and suffering to other forms of life on Earth by we humans; I personally condemn.

  3. I'm proud to be a vegetarian : )

    *i do consume eggs though*

  4. Deepa, to me, the whole concept of Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian is very confusing.

    Anyways, you are a Eggitarian :o)

  5. Absolutely loved the last line..

    I'm a hard core non-vegetarian, but such sights bring more than a tear to my eye. Pain and suffering feels the same irrespective of who goes through it..

    Probably that's why I prefer frozen food..

    A good humanitarian post!

  6. Soumya, nice to see you around. welcome back to my Blog!

    Thanks. I wonder why we humans handle other forms of life on earth so much 'materialistic'.


  7. Gandhiji once spoke about AHIMSA! Seems like 'over-head-transmission' now!
    Anyway, thats exactly why I look down on Non-veg. No point in finding 'contentment' after consuming another life!
    Nice post! :-)

  8. Divya, thanks :o)

    I doubt if at all we ever think that other life on earth have 'life'!?

  9. prashanth ,This is a heart touching scene.I happened to see this several times but I am helpless.I and u could not do anything to stop this cruel way of transportation of birds.Either govt or "PRANI DAYA SANGHA'S" has to take severe steps and action to amend and imply,safety animal transportation rules to all animal venders and those who carry them?.Even I observed the same scenes in carrying of sheep.

  10. Very true, Sir.

    Most of the times sheep and goat are also transported inhumane ways. Much can't be done to stop such things unless every one of us start thinking the same way. Until then, God bless those little creatures..

  11. Prashanth, this very day. I stopped the guy who was carrying goats like that and asked
    "ನೀವು ಹೀಗೆ ತಗಲಿಹಾಕಿಕೊಂಡು ಹೋಗೋದು ಸರಿನಾ? ಮಾನವೀಯತೆ ಇದೆ ಅಂತಾರ Sir ?"
    And he replied.
    "ಅವೇನು ಮನುಷ್ಯರ ಮೇಡಂ, ಮಾನವೀಯತೆ ತೋರಿಸೋಕ್ಕೆ? ಸುಮ್ಮನೆ ಬೆಳಿಗ್ಗೆ ಬೆಳಿಗ್ಗೆ ಪುರಾಣ ಹೇಳ್ಕೊಂಡು ಬರ್ತಾರೆ.. "
    I said,
    "ನೀವು ಮನುಷ್ಯರು ಅಲ್ವ? ಬೇರೆ ಒಂದು ಜೀವಕ್ಕೆ ನೋವಗತ್ತೆ ಅಂತ ನಿಮಗೆ ಅರ್ಥ ಆಗತ್ತೆ.. ಅದನ್ನ ಅರಿತು ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ನಾಜೂಕಾಗಿ ವರ್ತಿಸಬಹುದಲ್ವ? "
    "ಕೋಳಿನ ಕೇಳಿ ಸಂಭಾರು ಅರಿಯೋಕ್ಕೆ ಆಗೋಲ್ಲ.. ಮೇಲಾಗಿ.. ನೀರಿಗೆ ಬೀಳಲೇ ಬೇಕು ಅಂದ ಮೇಲೆ, ಚಳಿ ಏನು ಗಾಳಿ ಏನು? ಸಾಯೋ ಮುಂಚೆ ಇದರ ಪ್ರಾಯಾಣ ಹೀಗೆ ಅಂದುಕೋಬೇಕು ಅಷ್ಟೇ ಮೇಡಂ.. ನಿಮ್ಮ ಕೆಲಸಕ್ಕೆ ಹೋಗಿ.. ನನ್ನ ಅಂಗಡಿಯಲ್ಲಿ customers ಕಾಯುತಿದ್ದರೆ" ಅಂತ ಹೇಳಿ ಹೊರಟ..
    He did have some logic,before I could reply anything. He left.

  12. Spicy, I didn't get what logic was there in his dialogue.

    I want to see some man-eating aliens coming to Earth sooner and he still got to say the same thing!?

  13. @Prashant: I was getting late to office, so was he. He was logical on that part. :)

  14. Ha ha ha.. good sense of humour :o)


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