In the last week, humanity has come across some of the most unimaginable cruelty towards animals. The case of a pregnant elephant in Kerala and a pregnant cow in Himachal Pradesh being allegedly fed explosives leading to their jaws blasting off and the elephant losing her life due to it, has lead to huge public outrage. Humans are inherently compassionate, and compassion towards all life forms is what all religions preach
In world religions, there are two approaches to animals and nature.
1) There is first of all the ethic of Ahimsa, non-violence toward all living beings. Vegetarianism is often motivated by this ethic.
2)Then we have the ethic of stewardship, recognizing that the natural world is given to humans as a trust, to be tended, maintained, and made fruitful. These deal with doing kindness to animals in distress, the proper management of natural resources, agriculture.