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Matthieu Miossec

Doctoral Student - Genetic Medecine (Congenital Heart Disease),

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Should we take a gradualist approach to animal rights?

We often talk about animal rights as one large idea that encompasses all non-human animals. Isn't this an erronous way of thinking about animal rights given what evolution has demonstrated? Just as we humans have laws specifically tailored for our species, should we not also approach the question of rights for non-human animals on a species, genus or at least family basis? Should we give other members of the ape family more consideration than we would under a "one set of rights fits all" regime?

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    Feb 28 2011: I think you'll enjoy this poem and perhaps you can use it in a presentation or something of the kind:

    f you can start the day without caffeine,
    If you can get going without pep pills,
    If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
    If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
    If you can eat the same food everyday and be grateful for it,
    If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time.
    If you can overlook it when those you love take it out on you,
    If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
    If you can ignore a friend's limited education and never correct him,
    If you can resist treating a rich friend better than an poor friend,
    If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
    If you can conquer tension without medical help,
    If you can relax without liquor,
    If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
    If you can say honestly that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed, color, religion or politics,
    then, my friend, you are almost as good as your dog.

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