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August 2012 Blog Posts (7)

An Age of Euphemisms

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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Added by Paul Hansen on August 31, 2012 at 4:00 — 7 Comments

Fury over fur

Picture a fox, with its bloody leg mangled in the jaws of a steel jawed trap, tearing ligaments, pulling muscles as it thrashes around in abject terror in a vain attempt to get free.

Picture the fox breaking teeth, lacerating gums as it bites the cold steel that holds it prisoner. Imagine how it must feel for 1 in 3 foxes who will chew their own legs off as a desperate bid to escape, only to die a sad and painful death as a result of infection, blood loss,…

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Added by Pat Dickens on August 30, 2012 at 7:30 — No Comments

Animal Welfare Labeling: A Trojan Horse

In reality, the meat industry is interested NOT in animal welfare, but in maintaining its “market share” or bottom line—and that means substituting euphemistic labeling for true ethical reform and getting anti-cruelty laws compromised. Read this essay by James McWilliams: …

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Added by Paul Hansen on August 30, 2012 at 7:30 — 5 Comments

Tourism in Burma & Thailand threatens Elephant population

It has never been a “level playing field” between humans and wildlife, especially where profit is at stake. The pressures of smuggling, poaching, and abuse continue. Here’s one more example from Thailand.

Added by Paul Hansen on August 26, 2012 at 5:00 — No Comments

“Bear Dancing” eludes Indian authorities

Yet another example (among hundreds) of animal cruelty and oppression. Click on http://www.thepetitionsite.com/216/630/739/bear-dancing-is-cruel-not-cute/?cid=Facebook_petition_bear-dancing and watch the live footage.

Added by Paul Hansen on August 18, 2012 at 16:59 — No Comments

Are environmentalists and animal defenders anti-human, radical, irrational, and fanatical? The Over-reaction of Human Exceptionalists

Dr. Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow of the Discovery Institute in Seattle who directs a newsletter site called “The Human Exceptionalist” (see http://support.discovery.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=4143.0&dlv_id=9642). Smith and his colleagues—understandably—are concerned about “increasing attacks on free will” and the…

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Added by Paul Hansen on August 13, 2012 at 5:00 — 2 Comments

Essay on humans, animals, and machines

Wherever I turn, the popular media, scientists and even fellow philosophers are telling me that I’m a machine or a beast. My ethics can be illuminated by the behavior of termites. My brain is a sloppy computer with a flicker of consciousness and the illusion of free will. I’m anything but human.

While it would take more time and space than I have here to refute these views, I’d like to suggest why I stubbornly continue to believe that I’m a human being — something more than other…

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Added by Pranav Merchant on August 7, 2012 at 7:10 — 1 Comment

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