HH Karmapa’s love of animals and compassion for their condition is something he communicates in many teachings. Here he makes a very strong point on the genocide of animals committed by humans.
If the animals were to sue us in court they would win. We have done many terrible things to animals. The only reason they can’t do it is they can’t speak. But through the sounds they make we know they suffer.. Harming beings is not just killing. Caging and torturing animals, loading them with things they cannot carry is also violence.
He related the story of a poor family who found the body of a dead dog and cut it up to eat it. Their own dog came and they offered it some dog meat but the mother dog made a loud wail. She had about 6 puppies but she wouldn’t let the puppies eat the meat. Then she ate the meat herself, instantly had a heart attack and died. The dog meat contained poison. The family put the dog’s corpse into a coffin and carried it in a procession to a cemetery where they honored it with a gravestone. Animals have affection and love.