You know something Jody, you make such a good point here, definitely one worth thinking about. If we applied to general every day life things that we have been so fortunate to have been taught here, (possibly nothing more so than putting one's self in another living thing's position) and spread it far and wide, we'd be heading for a more compassionate world all round. I remember many years ago when I was fostering; I was on one of the courses about child safety, health, welfare etc, and I raised my hand in order to add my two-penny worth to the discussions. When I started my contribution with ''This actually is based on parrot care'' I was asked to please sit down save that for another day, as today wasn't about my birds. I countered in return that if they gave me a minute and didn't interrupt, they would find a direct link between parrot health and in particular infant health. Huffy expressions soon changed in to wide eyed surprise when I asked if they had any idea that ''just a couple of squirts of the very popular 'Febreze' could snuff out a large parrots life, even a room full of parrots lives, in minutes. FACT.'' Plug-ins, scented candles, so many of the much loved and widely used things that make our homes smell so clean and delightful all came under scrutiny. I asked how many of them had babies, just weeks old in their care, yet merrily filled those babies lungs with chemicals, chemicals that could, and had, and will sadly continue to kill even the strongest and healthiest of birds, large parrots. What were those same chemicals doing to the fragile lungs of tiny babies, of children..
I wasn't sneered at any more that day, and it did in fact become a part of future health and safety issues from that day on.
Thank you Jody for bringing this up!
Thank you Mytoos for enriching my knowledge and giving me the back-up to stand my ground and make people listen!