The words of Saint Francis express his respect and love for all creatures, and ring true to this day:
All creatures are created from the same paternal heartbeat of God. Not to hurt our humble brethren [the animals] is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission: to be of service to them whenever they require it.
God requires that we assist the animals when they need our help. Each being (human or creature) has the same right of protection.
If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
In this photo Benny is asleep and one of his friends, Billy, is snuggling in.
Consider this: Is it possible that at heart, we are all connected, all one?
If this is a possibility then can this awareness be used to guide our choices? Can acting as if we are 'one with all life' help us to act with compassion?
and let me know what you discover,