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Paul Hansen commented on Paul Hansen's blog post Trophy Hunting—A Way of Life?
"Hunters (mostly men) generally defend their “sport” by appealing to its longstanding custom or tradition—and by claiming that a “clean, quick kill” is more humane than factory farming (although death by an arrow is not…"
Jun 29, 2013
Carolyn Bailey commented on Paul Hansen's blog post Trophy Hunting—A Way of Life?
"I've always been confused as to how a grown man or woman could possibly consider hunting an individual who is confined to a cage (and often drugged to slow him down and enable a certain kill), sport. I've seen photos of these people…"
Jun 28, 2013
Paul Hansen commented on Kate✯GO VEGAN+NOBODY GETS HURT Ⓥ's blog post Animals, Moral Status of - by Oscar Horta
"Oscar, this is an excellent summary of the various views. I had for years considered myself an ‘environmentalist’ of sorts (and still do). After writing my M.A. thesis on the boundaries of the moral community (and learning more about…"
Jun 28, 2013
Paul Hansen posted a blog post

Trophy Hunting—A Way of Life?

Sporadically, I watch the “Outdoor” channel on cable TV in a recurring attempt to understand the mind-set of trophy hunters and why they seem able to take the life of a wild animal so glibly and gleefully without regard for its suffering, respect for its natural habitation, or (in some cases) concern for its nursing offspring.I still don’t understand their apparent callousness. They seem devoid of empathy. Some have suggested that killing gives hunters a feeling of heroism, which is confirmed…See More
Jun 28, 2013
Paul Hansen posted a blog post

Illegal Ivory Trade Threatens African Elephants

Despite the 1990 ban on ivory trade, elephants continue to be killed by poachers. According to Defenders of Wildlife, at the turn of the 20th century, there were a few million African elephants and about 100,000 Asian elephants. Today, there are an estimated 450,000 to 700,000 African elephants and between 35,000 and 40,000 wild Asian elephants. Defenders of Wildlife is working through the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to maintain a ban on the sale of ivory as…See More
Apr 5, 2013
Paul Hansen posted a video

Martha Stewart Discusses Fur-Farm Cruelty

Martha Stewart gives up fur and explains the cruelty behind fur-farms.
Nov 21, 2012
Paul Hansen posted a blog post

Professor Gullone thinks animal cruelty makes 'a morally unsafe world for human beings'

Professor Eleonora Gullone, Associate Professor in Psychology at Monash University, Australia, believes that “Almost without exception, the perpetrators of animal cruelty crimes are the same individuals who carry out aggressive and violent acts including assault, partner and child abuse. Thus, animal cruelty crimes should be treated with the same seriousness as crimes against humans. Moreover, the punishments should reflect their severity." For more details on her new book, Animal Cruelty,…See More
Nov 2, 2012
Paul Hansen commented on Spencer Lo's blog post The Art of Killing--for Kids
"As an ethicist trying to make sense of “human-animal” relations, I find ludicrous the suggestion that youth killing 500-pound sentient mammals with rifles and crossbows is an experience that “will enrich their lives.”…"
Nov 2, 2012
Paul Hansen commented on Paul Hansen's blog post An Age of Euphemisms
"Hi Caroline. My comment alludes to a refutation of naturalism—where ‘naturalism’ is understood to entail the debatable claim that humans are “just another step up (or down) the evolutionary tree.” If humans are only…"
Oct 2, 2012
Paul Hansen commented on Spencer Lo's blog post Philosopher Alastair Norcross: Torturing Puppies and Factory-Farming
"Hi Spencer. I heard Alastair Norcross present this paper in person at an APA (American Philosophical Association) conference in Pasadena in 2004. His talk was hilarious (as anyone can tell by reading the original). Listening to Norcross was…"
Oct 2, 2012
Caroline Raward commented on Paul Hansen's blog post An Age of Euphemisms
"Hey Paul, interesting points you made there re; either most (carnivorous) creatures on the planet are “guilty” (blameworthy), or no creatures on the planet are guilty. Do you know where I could read more about this, specifically what the…"
Oct 2, 2012
Paul Hansen commented on Paul Hansen's blog post An Age of Euphemisms
"Thanks, May. Dunayer’s book looks great—exactly the sort of thing I’ve been talking about. Incidentally, I can anticipate a possible objection to my closing suggestion that hunting and consumption of animals are “evil”…"
Sep 11, 2012
May commented on Paul Hansen's blog post An Age of Euphemisms
"Another great book is "Animal Equality: Language and Liberation". http://www.amazon.com/Animal-Equality-Liberation-Joan-Dunayer/dp/0970647557. ;"
Sep 11, 2012
cassie ito commented on Paul Hansen's blog post An Age of Euphemisms
"This is so true.  Boy do people look at me oddly when I drop the euphemisms - they are so deeply ingrained.  Bit by bit we can change this. "
Sep 10, 2012
Paul Hansen commented on Paul Hansen's blog post Animal Welfare Labeling: A Trojan Horse
"Pranav, as you say, “awareness [of one’s own tendencies] is not of much value” if it doesn’t lead to a change in lifestyle. But blaming ‘human nature’ (like blaming Satan) can be a cop-out. Once we admit a need to…"
Sep 6, 2012
Pranav Merchant commented on Paul Hansen's blog post Animal Welfare Labeling: A Trojan Horse
"Paul, your last sentence is very important.  Whether human nature is changeable or not touches upon the realm of spirituality/meditation, as well as neuroplasticity.  However, one things thoughtful humans CAN do is become aware of their…"
Sep 6, 2012

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Trophy Hunting—A Way of Life?

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 6:30 2 Comments

Sporadically, I watch the “Outdoor” channel on cable TV in a recurring attempt to understand the mind-set of trophy hunters and why they seem able to take the life of a wild animal so glibly and gleefully without regard for its suffering, respect for its natural habitation, or (in some cases) concern for its nursing offspring.

I still don’t understand their apparent callousness. They seem devoid of empathy. Some have suggested…

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Illegal Ivory Trade Threatens African Elephants

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 13:52 0 Comments

Despite the 1990 ban on ivory trade, elephants continue to be killed by poachers. According to Defenders of Wildlife, at the turn of the 20th century, there were a few million African elephants and about 100,000 Asian elephants. Today, there are an estimated 450,000 to 700,000 African elephants and between 35,000 and 40,000 wild Asian elephants. Defenders of Wildlife is working through the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to maintain a ban on the sale of ivory…

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Professor Gullone thinks animal cruelty makes 'a morally unsafe world for human beings'

Posted on November 2, 2012 at 3:59 0 Comments

Professor Eleonora Gullone, Associate Professor in Psychology at Monash University, Australia, believes that “Almost without exception, the perpetrators of animal cruelty crimes are the same individuals who carry out aggressive and violent acts including assault, partner and child abuse. Thus, animal cruelty crimes should be treated with the same seriousness as crimes against humans. Moreover, the punishments should reflect their severity." For more details on her new book, Animal…

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An Age of Euphemisms

Posted on August 31, 2012 at 4:00 7 Comments

Modern institutions like to euphemize their worst habits, and nowhere is this more evident than in the meat industry. Animals have been reduced from sentient individuals to material commodities that contribute to the production of capital. Hence, they are captured, caged, raised, poached, trapped, skinned, traded, or sold as “exotic” pets or for their fur, body parts, or supposed medicinal value.

The semantics of meat-industry terms is itself revealing. Such terms as “poultry”,…

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At 9:26 on July 24, 2011, Maynard S. Clark said…
Paul, welcome to ARZone, and could you please 'friend' me on ARZone !   and LinkedIn, if you're on it:

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At 19:20 on July 23, 2011, Kate✯GO VEGAN+NOBODY GETS HURT Ⓥ said…
Hello Paul. Welcome to Animal Rights Zone.

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