paulette callen, writer






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"Until one has loved an animal, part of his/her soul remains unawakened"

Anatole France  

Welcome to my ANIMALS page.

Sniff around. Maybe there will be something here that pleases, enlightens, or moves you.

I found the following poem in To Cherish All Life, by the Buddhist monk, Philip Kapleau.
(Click on the link. The book is free.)

For hundreds of thousands of years
The stew in the pot
Has brewed hatred and resentment
That is difficult to stop.
If you wish to know why there are disasters
Of armies and weapons in the world
Listen to the piteous cries
From the slaughterhouse at midnight.


© Kirsten Muskat

This is by way of saying that how we treat animals matters. Even those who don’t care for them, or have no natural inclination for the furred, feathered, flippered, scaled, winged, four-legged, many- or no-legged ones, are beginning to recognize that we are not alone on this planet, and how we treat others, not just other humans, is indicative of what kind of people we are.


© Kirsten Muskat


© Billy Phelps

When I worked at the ASPCA some years ago, they were beginning a program of education and cooperation with law enforcement to increase awareness and responsiveness with regard to animal cruelty. Cruelty to animals in a young person is a certain sign of psychopathic/sociopathic tendencies. From what I have read on the subject, every serial killer started at a young age torturing animals. No one paid attention. They were just dogs, or cats, or insects. So it didn’t matter. But it does matter. Animals matter.


© Bruce Bryant


© Stephanie Roberts

The more I see of life, the more I believe with all my heart that we cannot say, “There are so many human problems, we don’t have the time or resources to take care of the animal problems.”


© Colleen Stevenson

First, they are not mutually exclusive. But most importantly, I believe what this ancient Chinese verse says. When we take care of the animals, we become better persons. Better persons make a better people. Better people make a better world. It does not happen from the top down, but from the bottom up.


© Kirsten Muskat

I have love for the footless,
for the bipeds too I have love;
I have love for those with four feet,
for the many-footed I have love.

                                       -The Buddha-


© Billy Phelps

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