Crime and Violence

Escrito por Nuria Querol i Viñas. Publicado en Relación.

In August this year, the Western Cape Province Parliament invited members of the public to testify before a Standing Committee on Community Safety on ways and means to combat crime and violence. Taliep Lewis, former leader of the Fluffy Kids gang that once brought terror and havoc to residents of the Cape Flats, took the stand at the Civic Centre, Cape Town, on August 10. This was his message. http://www.animal-voice.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=41&Itemid=55 Crime and Violence In August this year, the Western Cape Province Parliament invited members of the public to testify before a Standing Committee on Community Safety on ways and means to combat crime and violence. Taliep Lewis, former leader of the Fluffy Kids gang that once brought terror and havoc to residents of the Cape Flats, took the stand at the Civic Centre, Cape Town, on August 10. This was his message: ?Through the bird project in Pollsmoor Prison, I was given the chance to learn to care. As I stand here today, I am convinced that if I had learned how to care when I was young, I would never have led the life that landed me in prison. Our children, especially the children of poorer communities, are exposed to atrocities against animals on daily basis. We now know that cruelty affects people at large ? not just those who ?can afford to care?. Please let us incorporate humane education into every aspect of our lives. Let us teach our children first and forejost that a person can not be partly moral. If a person is moral, kind, compassionate and respectful, then he or she will apply these concepts to all life, including animal life. That?s where morality and kindness start ? with those beings totally within our power. It is my submission that more peaceful societies will evolve through making humane education one of our top priorities, I hope beyond hope that here in the Western Cape ? in our beautiful Mother City ? we can begin to apply Mahatma Gandhi?s words: ?The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.?