A Toast to the Animals

IFAW Reception - London


Perhaps you know the story of a traveler in a distant land who,  when the world was in conflict around him, knocked on a stranger’s door and sought his friendship. The stranger answered that it was better to make friends at home.  Well, said the traveler, I’m at your home, so now we are friends. No matter where we travel in the world, people are people, and there are bonds between them.  I would like to make a toast to friendship, the kindness of strangers, and, of course, to our fellow travelers, the animals, who need us all. 


The English writer, Henry James, once said there are 3 things in life that are important: the first is to be kind, the second is to be kind, and the third is…to be kind!  I agree that kindness cures almost everything in life, so here’s to our kindness to all living beings, no matter where they are from, what they look like, or even whether they are of our own species. And here’s to our friendship.