A little story where cat and human behavior intersects.
Both behaviors say something about the respective animal – felis silvestris catus and homo sapiens.
A 20 year old medical student, Bedi, had been assigned to the night shift on the obstetrics ward in a Delhi hospital, the place where pregnant women give birth and where doctors and nurses are trained to bring lives into the world safely.
Bedi wanted to do good. He saw a cat scuttling around the ward with the bloody remains of a five month old feotus in his mouth. Bedi looked around and saw discarded aborted babies lying in pools of blood. They were all girls.
More abortions were carried out that night than births. The abortions were of four-month-old girls. This is social engineering – “a gender-based genocide”. It happens everywhere. In some countries an abortion is less emotionally painful that going to the dentist.
The number of abortions of girls in Asia over the past 30 years equals the total number of girls and women in the USA today, namely 163 million1.
What does this little image of life in a Delhi hospital tell us? Cats are just surviving eating raw meat. It just happens to be the casually snuffed-out life of a 5-month-old girl.
People are placing a greater value on boys and men. They’ll help the family survive, make life better. They are cheaper to raise (dowry?) and can contribute more when grown up. Is that it?
So, why do people place greater value in males than females? The answer is the obvious one: men can get a job more easily and it pays better. They can support their parents.
But isn’t the reason why men get better paid jobs than women because it is a male dominated society? It is self-perpetuating. Men dominate politics, the workplace and the family. The woman is in the shadow the man.
It does not have to be this way. The answer is total equality between men and women. The fact that we are far from that simple, obvious and desirable goal indicates that we are far less civilized than we think we are.
Although that single cat got his gruesome meal in a Delhi hospital, it could be argued that the cat, in general, is less well off because of global mass sex-selective abortion. This is because women prefer domestic cats to dogs and men the reverse.
What if there were no women in America? Think of the impact on the domestic cat.
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