the human animal bond
The connection between humans and animals is one of the most
fundamental bonds that human beings experience. As the cave paintings
in Lasceaux, France illustrate, humankind has interacted closely with
the animal kingdom for tens of thousands of years. That powerful and
mutually beneficial bond continues today, with people and animals
connecting in ways that are essential to the health and well-being of both.
Animals encourage touch, conversation and often laughter. They cause us to exercise and offer an antidote for loneliness. They teach
children responsibility. A growing body of research into the
human-animal connection shows that the benefits are not just
emotional. For example, animals can boost infant immunity to
infections, help with mental health disorders by affecting brain
chemistry, and lower blood pressure.
Animals enrich our lives and it is our responsibility to ensure that
their existence is filled with compassion.