The love expressed by mothers of most, if not all, species is enough of a reason that these sentient beings should be treated as equals, as our peers. Just as we are repulsed by the violence towards each other, shouldn’t we be equally disturbed by the violence committed towards other species? We are all connected, sharing this planet together, and whether it’s realized or whether it goes under the radar, violence towards exotic animals or the farm animals or the bugs does affect us. Before we practice yogaasana, the Yoga Sutras lay out the yamas, 5 ethical guidelines, the first of which is ahimsa, non-harm. As an experiment, notice if you feel different by making choices that prioritize the support and enhance the well being of all.