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Respecting Animals

Young boy hugging goatYour Furry Friends Have Feelings, Too!

Hey kids! Maxwell here with a topic that means a lot to me.

As a mouse, I think it’s really important that you know how to treat animals with respect. Many kids that I meet already know how to do that! They would rather pet me or feed me than try to hurt me.

Sometimes, though, kids can be mean to me for no reason. Have you ever had that happen to you? Doesn’t it feel bad when someone tries to hurt you, even though you haven’t done anything to make them mad or upset?

Maxwell’s Story

The other day, I was taking a nice walk through my favorite patch of grass, just minding my own business and having a good time outside in the sun. Out of nowhere, I heard a loud thump. I nearly got hit by a rock! I looked up and saw a boy pointing at me and pulling his arm back to throw another rock even bigger than the first! I tried to move out of the way, but the rock hit me right in the side of my chest. I could hardly breathe, but the boy who threw the rock was just laughing at me.

I felt a lot of emotions all at once – anger, fear, confusion, sadness… I just couldn’t understand why the boy wanted to hurt me. Several of my other animal friends have had similar experiences: I’ve known cats, dogs, squirrels, turtles, birds, and all kinds of other animals who have had kids hurt them for no reason.

What It Means to Respect Animals

cute little girl with pet rabbitTreating an animal with respect means treating them how you would want to be treated. If you were an animal, would you want to be hugged or hit? Would you want to play fun games or be treated like a toy? How would you feel if someone hurt you just because they thought it was funny?

Even though us animals may look different from you, we have a lot in common! We love it when people are gentle with us; we like to play fun games with our friends; we like to eat good food, sleep, and spend time with people who care about us.

If you’ve ever tried to hurt an animal, I encourage you to talk with an adult that you trust about why you did it. Some kids hurt animals because they’ve been hurt themselves; other kids do it because they think it makes them look cool or tough; others really don’t understand what makes them do it.

I really just want for all of us – people and animals – to get along! When we treat each other with kindness and respect, we’re all happier!

Whether you’re a kid, an adult, or an animal like me, there’s a bit of magic in all of us!

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