There is no greater example of inequality than the question of animal rights and our diet choices. When will we stop eating animals?
GR: This post’s title suggest that we should care about animals is for our benefit. But it’s more than that. Human respect for animal rights is increasing. Once, the only argument against raising animals for food was that eating plants instead of animals was the most economical and efficient means to feed the growing human population. Developing respect for other species has much broader significance. As Aldo Leopold and others have said, we can only fulfill our role as ethical beings if we learn to respect other species. I believe that such respect is a sign of sapience.
In case you missed it, here’s Robert Grillo’s excellent article on chickens. “What we’ve learned about chicken behavior in the last 15 years will surprise and delight many. It’s time for us to rethink our assumptions about chickens!”
GR: This is an interesting review of chicken sociology and behavior. For instance, we’ve learned that chickens have intelligence similar to that of primates.
Animals imprisoned for human entertainment is disrespectful, and it is cruel. If we help them live their natural lives, we benefit ecosystems and ourselves.
I believe everyone can learn respect for other species. Children need to learn about the feelings all animals have. We need to tell them that it is wrong to kill animals.
From Peta.org: “Please ask Karnak Shriners to require that Tarzan Zerbini Circus stage its performances without elephants!
“Karnak Shriners have chosen exhibitor Tarzan Zerbini to provide and exhibit elephants for their circus, which plans to travel throughout Quebec beginning August 14. Please join PETA in urging the Karnak Shriners to require that Zerbini stage its performances without elephants.
“Tarzan Zerbini Circus has a lengthy history of animal welfare violations. It has been cited more than two dozen times for Animal Welfare Act violations, including for keeping an elephant constantly chained, keeping elephants in an area that contained a solid waste pile that was approximately 8 feet wide and 4 feet tall, allowing waste to flow into a pond that the elephants had direct access to, and feeding elephants an unhealthy diet of nothing but bread, hay, and weeds.”
Go here to sign the petition: www.peta.org
Extensive research shows that animal testing is inaccurate and unnecessary. This post documents the high human death rate for medications tested on animals.
Emily Moran Barwick: “In earlier posts, we’ve looked into the scientific inefficacy of animal testing and how it has failed to produce any useful results for humanity. We’ve also taken a look into why the drug industry continues using animal testing even though it doesn’t work.
“Today we’ll address yet another absurdity of animal testing: it not only doesn’t help but actually harms and often kills humans. This is the most perverse aspect of the animal testing debate: it’s actually dangerous and fatal for humans, the very species the researchers claim to be doing all of this madness for.
“Maybe you don’t give a shit about animals, and don’t really care as long as humanity is benefiting…well, animal testing is still something that you should oppose! Watch the video to see why.”
Target: Renan Calheiros, President of the Senate of Brazil Goal: Strengthen a legislative bill aimed at banning cosmetic testing on animals In June 2014, Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies voted in support of a bill aimed at banning cosmetic testing on…