The Value of a Life
How do you determine the value of a life? If I asked you how you would put a value on a human life, the chances are you would probably tell me I’m deluded. However, we used to… We used to auction human beings off as slaves. Come to think of it, the chances are that that still happens today. Doesn’t the thought of that repulse you? To think that a human being is sold and is subjected to a life of subservience.
Times have changed and the law is against such treatment of human beings because we have learnt that everyone feels pain and suffering the same way. No one person is better than another. Nobody has that right. So let me make my point…
This Sheep’s Life is Valued at £5
I don’t believe money is the root of all evil… But I definitely wouldn’t argue that it is the root of some.
Where we work, we are surrounded by fields that aren’t owned by the business but by different farmers who we very rarely see. They come and go and leave their sheep to fend for themselves where there is no shelter and no food left for them. When we saw this sheep, standing in the cold and the rain with her coat in tatters, we immediately started asking questions.
One of our colleagues had called the farmer out on this and he replied:
“Yeah, well, it’s only worth £5 to us. No one wants mutton. It’s not even worth the effort”
As if this somehow justifies treating an animal like this… This man has set the value of a life to so little it doesn’t even warrant his attention.
Let’s go back to the original point. Let’s say someone had bought a person and left them outside in tattered rags with no shelter in the rain. How would that human feel?
Now how do you think the sheep feels?
Animals feel pain, suffering, stress… all the same things humans do. So why are people allowed to treat them like this? The feelings this treatment invoke are the exact same as if it were a human being treated like this. But in the eyes of the law… This is allowed. In the same way owning a slave was a couple of centuries ago. They are property. The law doesn’t see the pain and suffering. They might as well be inanimate objects.
A hopeful outlook on the future
This is heartbreaking for Amy and I. We would pay the £5 and keep the sheep for ourselves, but we don’t know the first thing about looking after a sheep, we don’t have space and we can’t provide it with the life it needs. Not to mention the fact that if we paid this £5 we would only be queueing up the next sheep to go through the same treatment. We could only offer it a small improvement and so all we can do is speak up for the voiceless.
However, with the rise of veganism and the rise in awareness, there may be some hope for the future. We can’t change anything immediately, but in time, maybe we can change the law to see suffering for what it truly is for all species and it can be overturned just as slavery was.
Leonardo Da Vinci once said:
“The time will come when men such as I will look on the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men”
He was a much smarter man than many and his words give me hope that the time he mentioned isn’t all that far away. But we have to continue to fight. We have to call people out for treatment such as this. We have to raise enquiries and we have to speak up for the voiceless. Only then can things start to change.
If this post struck a chord with you. Please do give it a share. Let’s raise awareness. (Maybe someone might even be able to buy up this sheep and give it the home it deserves!) and please do share your thoughts in the comments below. Let’s fight to make sure that the value of a life isn’t measured by currency.
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