Other Animals – At Times – Can Show Far More Grace and Compassion than Humans Do

Will the onging Coronavirus Crisis Bring Out the Best or the Worst in Us?

A Brief Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted March 16th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Every once in a while you might find someone else, or perhaps even yourself, observing other humans engaging in ugly or ill-tempered behaviour, then respond by saying; “Look at that. They are behaving like animals.”

And to that, I find myself saying; “How unfair is that? What an insult to animals.”

Now if you think I am being unfair to humans, I ask you to consider reviewing the following two videos.

The first is of a horse in a stall full of fresh hay, sharing some of the hay with a horse in a stall next door.

Click on the screen below to watch this endearing act of sharing between two sentient beings we are fortunate enough to share this planet with-

 Now watch this recently posted video of humans, in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic, fighting over toilet paper. Fair warning. This video contains some bad language –

In a recent article in VICE magazine, titled ‘Coronavirus is the Perfect Disaster for Disaster Capitalism, Canadian journalist and best-selling book author  Naomi Klein is quoted saying; “If you’re in a system you know isn’t taking care of people and isn’t distributing resources in an equitable way, then the hoarding part of you is going to be lit up.”

“So be aware of that and think about how, instead of hoarding and thinking about how you can take care of yourself and your family, you can pivot to sharing with your neighbours and checking in on the people who are most vulnerable.”

With that in mind, perhaps  we can all take some inspiration during these perilous times from that horse, and share some of our hay with others.

  • Wishing you well, Doug Draper

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2 responses to “Other Animals – At Times – Can Show Far More Grace and Compassion than Humans Do

  1. Hi Doug, I normally like your columns. This one with the lovely sharing horses and the incident at Walmart not so much. The Walmart shows poor desperate black people in London UK (I think) tearing into each other. Clearly they are poor; clearly they are terrified by the coronavirus; clearly they are behaving badly — but when you feature it — it seems racist and that’s not a good thing. regards from Nova Scotia, judy haiven

    A Reply from Doug Draper, NAL …. Certainly my intention was not to make a disparaging or racist statement about people of colour. If that becomes the dominant feeling here, I will take this down.


  2. i can safely say that wars over toilet rolls knows all races…as is clearly evidenced by other videos on FB and other social media outlets. As for the animals – sadly unknown to many “human-animals” is that in wide range of species food sharing is commonly observed including in social carnivores, insects, birds, cetaceans, vampire bats, and primates (for reviews, see Feistner and McGrew 1989; Stevens and Gilby 2004). and here you go with news of fighting over stuff in stores: https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2020/03/13/coronavirus-triggers-run-grocery-stores-with-panic-buying-hoarding-some-fighting-too/
    We human animals could really take a que from others and stop with this horrendous stupidity


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