Recently, a video of three girls stepping on an innocent puppy to death went viral and caught the attention of many. Police is now in search for these girls because it violates Republic Act No. 8485, also known as The Animal Welfare Act of 1998. This abuse of animals is punishable not just because the law says so, but also because humans have the duty to take care of God’s creation, to take care of the environment – not just animals but basically everything around them.
Human beings are so caught up in achieving an ideal society – a society where each and every single citizen practices their rights: the right to eat enough, the right to live in a safe shelter, the right to get quality education, the right to work, and simply the right to live contently. Worse, many humans are mostly preoccupied only with themselves – to have their hands on large amounts of money – that they forget they have a role in the society. Even so, human beings tend to forget that their roles don’t stop with the society; it goes on to the environment and nature.
May the video be a reminder of such duty of human beings. May they be aware of their surroundings, how dirty and chaotic the environment is, and start doing something to fix and clean their surroundings back to their beautiful state. Humans are the only ones with the ability to take care of the environment, and they should not take advantage of it. It is not wrong to desire an ideal human society, but the importance of nature should not be ignored.