Love is not unique to humankind. A mother dog can love her puppies just as a human mother can love her children. However only humanity’s love is sacred. Animals have a lesser form of love. Does this mean animals should be treated poorly? No. Absolutely not. Animals should be treated with respect, compassion, and yes love, because they in turn can love.
Will the practice of harvesting animals for sustenance eventually end? A further evolution of our love may be required for that. But even without that further evolution, The Greatest Love has bestowed on us a higher love and with it comes the responsibility to treat beings of a lesser love with compassion and respect. Certain practices such as harvesting animals to the point of endangerment or extinction, without thought to the biodiversity impacts to the World, are, I believe, an aberration of love. Mistreating animals while they are being raised or eventually harvested is also, I believe, an aberration of love. But in general harvesting animals for sustenance, when done with compassion and respect, in this current age of sacred love, I do not believe is an aberration of love.
Unfortunately the vast majority of animals harvested today are done so on factory farms which care little about animals emotional health or well-being. Humanity must first take a stand against this mistreatment with legislation enshrining robust animal rights into law. This step, once taken, will open a new moral frontier.
That frontier will see the fate of harvesting animals for sustenance ended. Humanity will eventually recognize that all forms of love, in all beings, great and small, are worthy of protection. For it is not just a matter of protecting the most intelligent life forms, or the most beautiful or even all life forms. Instead, I believe, it is a matter of protecting all forms of life capable of love of any depth or breadth. And yes it may take the development of alternatives to harvested animals that have the same taste, texture, and nutritional profile or better, of the real thing before attitudes in this regard change. But I do believe it will happen with time.
Much, much, time and, I think, a further evolution of our love.
But I also believe there should be reasonable limits to such protections. Humanity has a higher form of love and if beings of a lesser form of love endanger humans then mediation measures should be instituted. And yes assuming mediation fails or is not reasonably possible then as a last resort elimination of the lower form of love may be required. Protecting lower forms of love must never be done at the expense of endangering higher forms. And so on Earth, sacred love, i.e. humanity, must be protected as a first resort. This is what I believe.
And what about animals in Heaven? I believe Heaven is available to all loving beings. For with love comes a soul and, I believe, Paradise is available to all souls. And what informs my belief in this? A loving dog named Tasha who in my moment of crisis helped walk me back from the gates of Hell.
I believe Paradise is hers.