So are you feeling a little bummed that
you missed out on the record-breaking $500 million Powerball jackpot? No need.
PETA President Ingrid E.
Newkirk points out in an opinion piece just published in the Philadelphia
Inquirer, you’ve already won the jackpot just
by being in the right place at the right time—and of the right species:
When we feel
sorry for ourselves, it helps to put things in perspective. It helps to
remember that we live in the United States of America, where we have a great
many luxuries unknown to most of the world. We don’t have to stifle our
opinions or get a government-issued pass to travel to another state: We enjoy
freedom of speech and freedom of movement. We are entitled to an education. We
do not have to starve or freeze: Someone will provide us with food, shelter,
and water. If we are down on our luck or out on the street, there are basic
support services available from the government and from charities.
And even beyond
all of that, we have won life’s lottery because we have been born human.
Whether you believe we lucked out because of karma or divine intervention or by
an accident of birth, just imagine for one moment what life would be like if
you had been born a mouse
in a laboratory, a dog kept outside on a
chain all winter, a bear in a
barren enclosure in a roadside zoo, or a bird confined to a
This is an
appeal to all of us who have won life’s lottery by being born into the luckiest
0.0001 percent of life-forms: Remember to care and to share, especially during
this season of goodwill—Powerball or no Powerball.
Read the essay in its entirety here.
Article source: PETA Files