Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains un-awakened! They are true symbol of unconditional love…
The True essence of Dharma is equality: equality and respect to all human being, animal even immobile natural beings. Srimad Bhagavat Gita says much ardently:
“Iswara sarbabhutang hriddeshe tisthanti”
Meaning: Supreme Being is in inner psyche of all being —human, animal even immobile creations.
Now it is up to us whether we understand inner meaning of this God-animal-bird association– follow this with honor, deal them with love and respect and share the world with them or we just overlook it– while cry foul over lack of Bio-diversity management and perishing climate!