Taking care of animals make kids compassionate–Piñol
Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol grew up in a farm with carabaos and chicken and he strongly believes that taking care of animals and pets make kids compassionate.
“Life in the farm is so beautiful,” Piñol said on a post on Facebook. “Expose your children to life in the farm and bring them close to animals and pets. If you do that, especially when they are very young, you will see the moulding of your children into very loving and compassionate human beings.”
His fondest memories of his childhood were the moments when he and his siblings were with their farm animals. His Dad’s favorite carabao was named Pakloy because her horns pointed downwards. Pakloy is a female carabao but he said she could outdo the bulls when it came to hauling heavy things.
“I don’t know what it is with animals but my love for them somehow made me a very emotional and sentimental person. This is the same character I see in my children today as they are exposed to the things that their father loves,” Piñol said.
He said his youngest child Imman wants to be a veterinarian and his two-year old grandson Duane enjoys feeding chicken and chasing and hugging cats in his farm. He related how his two daughters wailed when a stray dog they adopted was run over by a car in front of their home.
“I would say that my children could be among the most compassionate human beings you could find. They are very loving and forgiving, especially with my shortcomings as an often absent father and for my frailties as a human being,” he said.