~~August 26, 2015~~
Animals’ lives matter: Sentience and feelings count
“when we abuse animals, we debase ourselves”
Barbara Cook Spencer
Nonhuman animals have many of the same feelings we do and share the same neural structures that are important in processing emotions.
So, why do we unrelentingly slaughter sentience?
Animals experience contagious joy and the deepest of grief, they get hurt and suffer, and they take care of one another. They have a point of view on what happens to them, their families, and their friends. Nonetheless, in innumerable situations their lives are wantonly and brutally taken in deference to human interests. The activity that claims the lives of far more individuals than all other venues combined is eating them, and it’s here where each of us can make an effortless and graceful difference. We can expand compassion and at the same time save environments and enjoy better health.
It’s pretty straightforward.
We must respect and love other animals as our fellow beings on this planet that we all want to share in peace. We must stop abusing animals now, not when it’s convenient. We must expand the size of our compassion footprint. No more lame excuses. As Barbara Cook Spencer notes, when we abuse animals, we debase ourselves.
And, it’s a win-win situation for all because compassion begets compassion; compassion for animal beings spills over to compassion for human beings. And, wouldn’t the world be a better place with more compassion and far less easily avoidable cruelty? Every human being can make more humane choices as she or he goes through their day.
Marc Bekoff Ph.D.
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