Waheguruji ka Khalsa, Waheguruji ke Fateh, Last night I had to put my young pet rat Eva to sleep, a victim of mycobacterial pneumonia. I have this huge love for animals, and I love taking care of them. Eva was this beatiful, gentle little animal who loved to be held and skritched. I was there when she died, and all I could to do was to meditate on part of the Mool Mantar until I was crying too hard to concentrate. May Waheguruji bless her sweet soul into a higher form next go around. (and yes, I need to work on my attachment to Maya...) I do have a question, though-- what is/would be the Sikhi philosophy around animal rights? I do not consider them "sacred" per se, but they are fellow beings on this planet, and as thinking beings we ARE responsible to them. If I read my Gurbani correctly, they are the souls that evolve through reincarnation eventually to human status, able to contemplate the True Guru. Would that too imply a responsibility that we do not kill mindlessly and indiscriminately, and that we value animal life? I also know, through Gurbani, that it is not improper to take animal life in order to feed or clothe ourselves, but that we should do it humanely, albeit not ritualistically. What are folks' thoughts here?