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Vera Nova

Director Research Analysis, NOVA Town Futuristic Development

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ETHICS IN SCIENCES/RESEARCH?

How do you feel about lab research involving children and animals?

What kind of ethics are we missing in sciences?

How different our knowledge would be if we will stop manipulating nature, and try to understand its important messages, and learn our unlearned lessons, at last?

What we understand as "ethics" is about a few hidden from our observations rules deeply rooted in the core of nature itself. When we violate them we eventually pay very dearly for our ignorance and arrogance.

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  • Mar 31 2014: Rhetorical question

    Is humankind the Steward, or the God of this planet?

    Scientists who cold bloodedley place a greater emphasis on their curiosity for acquiring greater knowledge, regardless of suffering, harm, and subsequent consequences to other living creatures, humanity and the planet, are not scientists they are tied somewhere between being sociopathic - psychopathic and fiends.

    I look back to the atomic bomb tests carried out by scientists on Bikini Atoll, USA and Australia,where they knowingly put their fellow human beings in harms way, in order to study the effects of radiation on human tissue.

    Each of those people had families, that were also devastated and their present and futures ruined by the consequences of this unnecessary evil; and for every bomb tested on Bikini Atoll, millions of sea creatures for miles around the Atoll died in agony from the effects of the tremendous sonic waves that literally blasted their auditory and electronic sensory mechanisms, into pieces of cellular mush.

    Science yes, but practiced in the spirit of stewardship, and the medical ethic of first do no harm; unless for the greater good of all; and whereby the relevance of the information to be gathered is essential, and the degree of gains as a whole relative to science relative to the humanities, far far out exceed the cost, in suffering to another living creature.
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      Mar 31 2014: "Scientists who cold bloodedley place a greater emphasis on their curiosity for acquiring greater knowledge, regardless of suffering, harm, and subsequent consequences to other living creatures, humanity and the planet, are not scientists they are tied somewhere between being sociopathic - psychopathic and fiends."

      I'd recommend your writing as a basic read in all schools.

      It is a nightmare that the majority of people trust ill-minded to tell them what is "good" or "useful". Our sceinces must be revised and re-examined since the ancient invetions to this very day.


      Very grateful for your post, Carl!
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    Mar 29 2014: “All of us, whether vivisector or vegan, have been subject to mechanisms undercutting sympathy for animals. How long and to what extent we submit to these mechanisms is not a matter of rationality: to cut off our feelings and support animal exploitation is rational, given societal expectations and sanctions; but to assert our feelings and oppose animal exploitation is also rational, given the pain involved in losing our natural bonds with animals. So our task is not to pass judgment on others' rationality, but to speak honestly of the loneliness and isolation of anthropocentric society, and of the damage done to every person expected to hurt animals.”
    ― Brian Luke
    • Mar 31 2014: Hi Vera

      This is a compliment to your knowledge and intelligence, but also a constructive criticism in regard to a shared fault.

      Anthropocentric; was going to look the word up, then co joined anthropoid and centric and got it; simpler language is better especially when trying to get your message across to an international audience, of different levels of educational backgrounds.

      And believe me I find myself "often" being a far worse offender in this regard, so feel free to give me a kick when I do so.

      Carl

      Just realized this was a copy and paste of Brian Luke: Ah well never mind, its a thought to consider for anyone posting comments on TED.
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        Mar 31 2014: Carl, I still deserve a tiny credit for finding this thoughtful quote, and it took ALL my intelligence to select it :)

        Thank you for reading ! This is the best reward for me to find a thoughtful reader!

        P.S. I like that term, Anthropocentric, it is very useful when we talk about our very twisted human psychology and come to realize that human beings see themselves as the most Significant Entity of the whole nature's existence.

        There is another somewhat similar term which also reveals our theatrical human character - Anthropomorphic. In my understanding when we see ourselves as dominating "things" in everything, we also often see, say, human faces and figures in formations of clouds.

        But this Anthropomorphic human perception of animating "things" in our minds, make us more compassionate, than Anthropocentric perception. We often call a storm, a car, a ship, nature, a dog or a cat, She/He.

        Though we see "human motivation" in everything we may observe, and we like to explain behavior of inanimate objects, animals, or natural phenomena, as it is similar to ours, we still do not understand nature.
  • Mar 26 2014: Hi Vera try this for a thought,

    First of all the elements that eroded from the Earths crust into the oceans went into the formation of the primal living cell; then think of frogs eggs where you can see the living nucleus changing into a tadpole, or an egg/ova minus its shell etc; and all of the evolution processes of all living creatures extend from that primal cell; therefore all living creatures have a physical and metaphysical connection to that primal cell.

    Now take your mind out into outer space and have a look at the rest of the solar systems planets, and what do you see in regard to the Earth as compared to them? You see that the Earth; has a central nucleus coated in living matter, and surrounded by the Earth's atmosphere, rather like the endoplasm of a cell, or albumin around the yolk of an egg; and of course this is why we refer to the Earth as a biosphere and a biosphere is an ova/egg.

    And our greater intelligence. seems to have come at a cost, of pushing us mentally further further away from the inexplicable psychic connections that seem to be more apparent in animals and young children. Not saying this is a conviction on my part, but it may be on its way to finally becoming so as it serves to tie in with, seemingly impossible experiences I myself had throughout my life.

    At times due to my convictions and the fact I will defend them from attack, I have been accused of being arrogant and always thinking I am right and every one else is wrong; and I suppose there is some degree of truth in that; however do I think I am better or superior to everyone else no; but certainly do, in regard to those I consider to be none empathetic, and sympathetic and cold blooded relative to their fellow living creatures; and the living environments of the natural kingdom.

    Which is why I prefer dogs, and other animals as opposed to the natures of a great many of people.
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      Apr 2 2014: "And our greater intelligence. seems to have come at a cost, of pushing us mentally further further away from the inexplicable psychic connections that seem to be more apparent in animals and young children. Not saying this is a conviction on my part, but it may be on its way to finally becoming so as it serves to tie in with, seemingly impossible experiences I myself had throughout my life."

      May I rephrase this my way?

      And our conventional, artificially conditioned intelligence, seems to have come at a cost, of pushing us mentally further further away from the inexplicable psychic connections that seem to be more apparent in animals and young children.

      Most of my close friends are talented scientists, and the most high compliment they would consider is to say "you are very intuitive!" Well, our precious intuition with which we are all born, gets suppressed while we are getting trained to trust and follow superficial human conventions. (All our scientific ideas, and social structures are "based" on the evidence brought to us by the most deceiving perception of all we may possess - our very sight!)
  • Mar 25 2014: Vera,

    Many colleges have ethics course in traditional science. We have just started to see ethics in computer science. In traditional science, the testing on animals including humans is a major topic. Until we get better at simulation, some testing on animals humans need to done for final testing. What is of concern is that so much is founded by the Government and Industry which could influence the publishing of all the results, good, bad, indifferent.

    For example, how many people know that the original tests of claritin found that a placebo had the same affect as claritin.
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      Mar 25 2014: Thank you for the post, Wayne. I think that public awareness and some education would be very helpful

      However, the horror that is hidden in labs is still getting sponsored by ignorant charities and the Government.

      Beside that many experiments are absolutely useless, terrible waste of money and real lives,( like that cancer institute for children).
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      Mar 29 2014: “To be 'for animals' is not to be 'against humanity.' To require others to treat animals justly, as their rights require, is not to ask for anything more nor less in their case than in the case of any human to whom just treatment is due. The animal rights movement is a part of, not opposed to, the human rights movement. Attempts to dismiss it as anti human are mere rhetoric.”
      ― Tom Regan, The Case for Animal Rights
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    Mar 22 2014: The issue arises when we already have the answer to solving most of our major problems but choose not to go down the road we know will lead to quality results and instead turn to science for easier solutions.

    A significant amount of medical problems can be resolved with balanced diet, excercise, stress management, etc...

    Many of the global problems we are facing can be solved by releasing less toxins and harmful chemicals into the water, air, and ground. Discontinuing our blatant abuse of the environment would substantially decrease the medical problems people suffer from and diminish our need to find a scientific cleaning solution.

    We already know what is harmful to our existence and choose not to solve our problems in a way that would provide the surest results. We want a scientist to conduct experiments until they come up with an easier solution than just doing the right thing.

    Studying the brain extensively and understanding why it is human nature to deny these truths would be an experiment worth conducting. We are hardwired to take the easy way whenever our inner self can justify it even when we know our actions are in direct contradiction of what we aim to achieve.
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    Mar 19 2014: “Laziness and cowardice explain why so many men. . . remain under a life-long tutelage and why it is so easy for some men to set themselves up as the guardians of all the rest. . . If I have a book which understands for me, a pastor who has a conscience for me, a doctor who decides my diet, I need not trouble myself. If I am willing to pay, I need not think. Others will do it for me.”
    ― Immanuel Kant
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    Apr 4 2014: Laws, Acts, Bills, Legislation against Cruelty to Animals highlight Animal Rights Activists, Animal Welfare Advocates, and Legislators accomplishments for Animal Rights, Animal Welfare and Protection of Animals.

    Thomas Wentworth's Act of 1635 in Ireland, as well as Nathaniel Ward's contribution to the Massachusetts Body of Liberties of 1641 establishes laws against cruelty to animals in America an Ireland almost 200 years prior to the passage of Richard Martin's Act of 1822, a Bill to Prevent the Cruel and Improper Treatment of Cattle.

    Since these contributions were largely unknown until the late 20th century, the modern era of anti-cruelty legislation is usually traced back to the precedence set by "Martin's Act" and the amendments and legislative enactments against cruelty to animals that followed.

    And although there are anti-animal cruelty laws of mythical and divine origin, can be found within ancient mythology and religious teachings, dating back to antiquity, it is King Ashoka in the 3rd century BCE who we now credit as the first to establish not only law for the protection of animals, but the slaughter of animals as food or for sacrifice unlawful as well.
  • Apr 2 2014: And I hope many other readers
  • Apr 2 2014: Hi Vera

    Quote: I hoped, at least hundreds of ted-members would be involved in this screaming conversation but Only a couple of people replied to this topic. And Only you and i keep trying to figure something out..

    I know where your coming from, and I undergo the same sense of frustration and a feeling of shouting into the wilderness, in regard to the ongoing and new insanities I see happening and appearing around the world; and it seems that the world is full of sheep.

    However what I have discovered in life is that I expect others to be quick on the uptake as to what I am trying to convey, it seems simple enough to me. But this doesn't happen, what does, is months down the track the person I was trying to convince, will come out with virtually the same words I was using when trying to convince them, but so far as they are concerned it came about through their own thinking.

    So when I write a post I take this time factor into consideration, and when I make a post I consider it as being Like planting seeds of thoughts that will continue to grow here and there at there own pace.

    Recently I did a really controversial idea conversation in regard to differential, and I had I think six detractors one of these calling me a loony because it went against all the orthodox thinking that they had been taught: However when I presented a method of 12 steps to the sphere, the major detractor put his thumb up; and when I then posted two follow ups based in logic and the simplest method for obtaining the square area of a circle, the conversation went dead completely,though it still had around another 10-12 days to run.

    Not very happy! but then I thought only 6 detractors I wonder how many other TED readers were following the conversation, perhaps hundreds so how many others actually got it in one so did not bother to either detract, or give a thumbs up.

    So I am just glad that via TED I am able to get those seeds out there, and hope for the best.
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    Apr 2 2014: .
    "Stop manipulating nature" avoids human self-extinction.
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      Apr 2 2014: Thank you for your thoughtful post. How, and where would you start?

      I've mentioned in one of my posts today that our overpopulated society is going through colossal mass psychosis. It's impossible just to "stop" that illness - we need some healing methods. New generations are the most important in the process of change, I think.
  • Apr 2 2014: I agree

    And I see that now aiding and abetting this killing of our natural psychic and emotional connections, is digital technology which is being at hierarchal levels used to monitor, intrude, manipulate, and control every aspect of our lives, as per the concept of Big Brother.

    But one way or another they will fail, because they will never be able to totally control our analogue free thinking minds, and intuitions, and as now the internet is bringing knowledge into the reach of all levels of humanity poor and rich alike, our impending future is in a state of flux.
  • Apr 2 2014: Hi Vera

    I don't know where it was written I was told its written somewhere in the bible, it was something about God stating "I am all that is good and I am all that is evil: Well logically that applies to the Universal Intelligence of the Creator; for how can you know or understand what is evil, if you have not experienced it and know its effects; and of course you cannot have good without its opposite evil, just as you cant have positive without negative.

    And when as I think of the Earth as being a developing maturing biosphere/ova/egg, it may be that it does make sense, in that it has to go through stages of developing a mind, that is aware of all that is good and evil.

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    The Main problem lies at the core of all problems and it is directly rooted in our psychotic, mental illness. This might be a good example: When you are trying to get into a subway train at the rush hour you may experience this very mass hysteria. People easily lose their sense of reality, do not recognize you as a living person and physically push you in every direction as if you're a thing. But even in this relatively innocent situation (compared to the topic) we may see how low and how quickly a human psyche can fall.

    This mass hysteria we see appearing in the mob mentality of generally otherwise peaceful people; it seems that when you get a large group together that seem to be operating on the same wavelength, whether in a religious forum of e.g. evangelists or the forum of a football crowd; so the crowd seems to become of one mind and move as one.

    And this along with other experiences, and the logic that every living thing evolved from the same cell or same group of cells, serves to convince me that all living organism are psychically connected; and also putting aside its negative aspects; the internet is connecting all different races and cultures, as a means of greater understanding and integration; so as bad as things are maybe we are on track evolutionary/ova wise
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      Apr 2 2014: The world is all about instant drastic change, it continues through change. it looks we are just a tiny part of that immense change.

      “Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”
      ― Gautama Buddha

      I think in the same direction as you do - our world must be very young and it is still erupting its vulcanos of drastic transformations.


      The world is good and evil at the same time.
      Heraclitus thinking was that we would not feel joy without feeling pain, and all things must appear as some kinds of contrudictions, OPPOSITES, otherwise, we would not be able to sense any differences among them. However, these opposites are closely interconnected. Heraclitus lived over 500 years before Christ.

      Well, it's true, without bad we would not know good - but our human problem is in ourselves producing so much bad that many of us believe it's the same good.

      Buddha said this:

      “All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts and made up of our thoughts. If a man speak or act with an evil thought, suffering follows him as the wheel follows the hoof of the beast that draws the wagon.... If a man speak or act with a good thought, happiness follows him like a shadow that never leaves him.”
      ― Gautama Buddha

      It's a comforting thought for someone like you, or myself.
  • Apr 1 2014: Have just posted this in the conversation Are Religions and Science Mutually Exclusive, which may be of interest; problem is with my experiences, and eclectic perceptions in regard to the continuing and increasing evils at all levels of humanity; I do tend to, and indeed each day the little faith I have in humanity grows less and less.

    I see the decent honest and hard working of society sandwiched between organized crime, and organized Criminal Corporations and their crooked politicians, and possibly even more low life corporate lawyers. "Interesting isn't it" that e.g. the Nazi leaders and other have been tried and punished for crimes against humanity; and yet Corporation constantly get away with mass murder by proxy; e,g an estimated 56, 000 000 were killed in WWII, 6 million in the death camps;

    And yet e.g. the Cigarette Companies who have bastardized the harmless tobacco leaf, with hundreds of carcinogenic chemicals and carcinogenic plastic fiber filters, that also release these when heated, murder agonizingly and horrendously by proxy 6 million each year; and when they gave their list of those chemicals to the USA investigation (about 9 or 10 years ago I think) they tactically left out the chemical additive salt petre, which is used to make fuse paper for fireworks, in order to keep the cigarettes burning and "burning faster" to increase their profits.

    And these lying murdering by proxy low lives, have recently announced that they are going to produce cigarettes that go out; when in reality they know that naturally made cigarettes and cigars do go out, if you do not keep on drawing air through them; .

    Six million a year murdered by stealth in order ti line their pockets, and millions more each year dying horrendously in fires that these incendiary devices have caused. Ah well I have faith in the Creator, and I am sure I will see them and their bought Politicians in Hell "but I will only be visiting, and I will be taking my pipe with me"
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      Apr 2 2014: Carl, your posts make me feel that someone real beside myself, wants to stop the horrific human deeds.

      I hoped, at least hundreds of ted-members would be involved in this screaming conversation but Only a couple of people replied to this topic. And Only you and i keep trying to figure something out..


      Just want to share with you with some of my thoughts - I always look for the MAIN causes of the problems.

      Those increasing man-made disasters within rapidly growing global population which "demands" are artificially controlled by colossal industries, cannot be just stopped.

      The Main problem lies at the core of all problems and it is directly rooted in our psychotic, mental illness. This might be a good example: When you are trying to get into a subway train at the rush hour you may experience this very mass hysteria. People easily lose their sense of reality, do not recognize you as a living person and physically push you in every direction as if you're a thing. But even in this relatively innocent situation (compared to the topic) we may see how low and how quickly a human psyche can fall.

      I'm convinced that our human society suffers mass-psychotic illnesses. Those have been developed gradually through millennia. However, the majority so easily adjusts to ill conditions that they believe they're "normal" even "advanced". Very Rarely we can hear someone reacting differently, but in order to see the whole picture one must be very intuitive and sensitive to recognize loud deceiving conventions and tricky "rules".

      I'm convinced - our human society needs to take care of its deadly mass hysteria and psychotic mentality. Only when we admit, and clearly understand how sickly we behave and think, we might find some cure to start with.

      Bless you and your pipe!

      P.S. Here is the site for some organizations and even individuals: http://www.change.org/petition
      It does not mean that lots of people will notice our petition.
  • Mar 31 2014: Likewise and thank you, for your posts which do help to focus my thoughts, and serve to let me know that there are probably a lot more decent people out there; than perhaps I have thought.
  • Mar 31 2014: Hi Vera

    I like the word too, and will add it to the collection; the Anthropomorphic - Anthropomorphism of element of human perception relative to the nature of your explanation, I find quite sickening, especially relative to the way Hollywood and the visual media, have denigrated and debased other living creatures, in the form of cartoon creatures for children to watch being dropped from heights, flattened, twisted and contorted and tortured etc in every conceivable way, and children who do not yet have so many experiences of previous learning, do not have the ability to discern the difference between reality and fiction.

    As with the sheer stupidity of portraying screen heroes, being shot over and over again and yet managing to survive and carry on regardless to overcome the villain. Is it any wonder that kids glorify guns rather than think of it as a cowards weapon, and they can not equate its effects with the reality of the sheer blood and guts agony of a single bullet shot; let alone the humungous horrors of war, because films such as Rambo and Die Hard etc, paint such a false picture, and glorify war.

    Going on too much sorry

    Cheers Carl
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    Mar 31 2014: "Scientists who cold bloodedley place a greater emphasis on their curiosity for acquiring greater knowledge, regardless of suffering, harm, and subsequent consequences to other living creatures, humanity and the planet, are not scientists they are tied somewhere between being sociopathic - psychopathic and fiends."

    I'd recommend your writing as a basic read in all schools.

    It is a nightmare that the majority of people trust ill-minded to tell them what is "good" or "useful". Our sceinces must be revised and re-examined since the ancient invetions to this very day.


    Very grateful for your post, Carl!
  • Mar 29 2014: "How do you feel about lab research involving children and animals?"

    That would depend on the type of research being performed?

    Research can be done in an ethical manner with humans and animals and is done all the time.

    Without a reference to a specific type of research your question is to open ended to answer properly.

    I would say any abuse of either should be stopped but that does not apply to just research and also applies to parenting, education, employment, and application.

    As for rules deeply rooted in nature you gave no example and again without an example the question can not be answered properly.

    Since nature involves all facets of nature and we know that nature is full of predation it could be argued that the strong preying on the week is natural and can be applied to your first question to make it right for humans to prey on children and animals for their benefit.

    Is not manipulating nature also natural?

    Beavers manipulate nature by chewing down trees to block rivers forming dams that fish and other aquatic life benefit from.

    Man like many animals manipulates nature for survival and comfort and some of those manipulations are beneficial to other species of life and some are not.

    The only difference is humans have the ability to look ahead at potential harm to other species and make different choices instead of following blindly along with instincts.

    Which is more arrogant- to manipulate nature for the benefit of your own species or to believe that you have not benefited from that manipulation and stand in the way of any such manipulation?
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      Apr 2 2014: Like your questions you've posted. I agree with a great number of your answers. Thank you for your contribution, Argos!
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    Mar 29 2014: “I have been impressed by the realization that a few men have virtually 'decided' what experiences count and even exist in the world. The language of Western science--the reigning construct of male hegemony--precludes the ability to express the experiential realities it talks about. Virtually all the actual experiences of this world, expressed through the manifest and mysterious characteristics of all the different beings, are unrepresented in the stainless steel edicts of experts. Where is the voice of the voiceless in the scientific literature, including the literature of environmental ethics?”
    ― Karen Davis
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    Mar 29 2014: “it is a federal system of sadistic torture, vivisection, and animal genocide, which has been carried on for decades under the fraudulent guise of respectable medical research. And nobody on the outside knows, or wants to know, or is willing to find out. My parents, my friends, my teachers, wouldnt listen to me, or suggested that if it was bothering me that much I just had to quit the job. Just like that. As if that would have solved anything. As if I could ever live with such cowardice. You can't imagine, or maybe you can, how many people are convinced - without knowing the first thing about it - Animal research is essential. Americans have been hopelessly brainwashed on this issue. The animal rights people, by and large, acknowledge the essential futility of trying to change the system. So they address the smaller issues, fighting for legislation which would provide one extra visit per week to the labs by a custodian of the US dept of agriculture. Or demanding that a squirrel monkey be given an extra 12 square inches in his holding pen, before being led to the slaughter. That sort of thing. For whomever, and whatever it's worth, I hope my little write up is clear. I dont have the guts to do whats necessary. I pray there's someone out there who does. God help all of us.”
    ― Michael Tobias, Rage and Reason
    • Apr 1 2014: Just remembered something I came across on the internet a couple of years ago, when looking up something to do with USA vivisection, mice being listed as living experimental laboratory tools, "In God We Trust".

      If I was God (Creator) and had spent several billion years, imagining and evolving my living creatures, and then someone came along and tortured the living hell out of them, they could certainly rely upon me, to return the compliment accordingly.
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        Apr 1 2014: Even based on those few quotes - they are some people who see reality more clearly than the rest.

        But something major must be done, because that devastation our society creates is not only about missing ethics regarding animals and nature in whole, but about ourselves

        - "Those unmindful when they hear, for all they make of their intelligence, may be regarded as the walking dead." Heraclitus
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    Mar 29 2014: “I remember one bobcat they had in here - now bobcats are an endangered species in this neck of the woods - they'd caught it somewhere and they must have put that cat through a dozen rounds of burn experiments before they finally determined that it was utterly useless to them. Like an empty beer can. And then you know what they did to it? Claudius was late for a lunch date so rather thanput the destroyed but still breathing animal to sleep, he picked it up by its hind legs and simply smashed its head against a wall repeatedly until it was dead. How can I forget it: I was the one told to clean up the mess. The head dented in. The eyes slowly closing. The once proud claws hanging down, stunned and lifeless, the utter senselessness of it all, and the hate, a hatred that was consummated in me which is as dangerous a hormone, or chemical, or portion of the brain, as any neutron bomb. Except that I didnt know how to explode. I was like a computer without a keyboard, a bird without wings. Roaring inside. I wanted to kill that man. To do unto others what they had done unto me. I was that bobcat, you better believe it.”
    ― Michael Tobias, Rage and Reason
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    Mar 29 2014: “Although other animals may be different from us, this does not make them LESS than us”


    ― Marc Bekoff, Animals Matter: A Biologist Explains Why We Should Treat Animals with Compassion and Respect
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    Mar 29 2014: “Human beings are a part of the animal kingdom, not apart from it. The separation of "us" and "them" creates a false picture and is responsible for much suffering. It is part of the in-group/out-group mentality that leads to human oppression of the weak by the strong as in ethic, religious, political, and social conflicts.”

    ― Marc Bekoff, Animals Matter: A Biologist Explains Why We Should Treat Animals with Compassion and Respect
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    Mar 29 2014: “The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.”
    ― Leonardo da Vinci
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    Mar 29 2014: “We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.”
    ― Albert Schweitzer
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    Mar 29 2014: “I made the choice to be vegan because I will not eat (or wear, or use) anything that could have an emotional response to its death or captivity. I can well imagine what that must feel like for our non-human friends - the fear, the terror, the pain - and I will not cause such suffering to a fellow living being.”
    ― Rai Aren
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    Mar 29 2014: “Auschwitz begins wherever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: they’re only animals.”
    ― Theodor W. Adorno
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    Mar 29 2014: “I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.”
    ― Abraham Lincoln
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    Mar 29 2014: “I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.”
    ― Leonardo da Vinci
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    Mar 29 2014: “The assumption that animals are without rights, and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance, is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.”
    ― Arthur Schopenhauer, The Basis of Morality