It all started while I was working with abused children in grouphomes. There, I witnessed the severity of emotional pain and suffering and helped the young generation express their pain and heal through hip-hop music - by running a music therapy program for abused children.
Abused animals are much like abused children. They hurt. They suffer. They cry. They show their teeth when they are forced in a corner and pushed beyond their limits. They feel, they laugh, they love. Just because they cannot express themselves in a way that the world can easily understand it does not mean they are dumb, unemotional and undeserving of normal life.
They deserve freedom, dignity and love as much as anyone else on this planet.
I speak for the animals but also for all those who care about them. There are many of us who love animals and take action to help them. We refuse to view animals as human property. We don't eat animals, we feed them. We don't abuse animals, we protect them. And we do our best to stop those who hurt them. We respect animals' coexistence with us on this planet.
We feel them.