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A Statement from the Animals: Translated from Nonverbal into Verbal Expression. ~ David Sztybel

A Statement from the Animals: Translated from Nonverbal into Verbal Expression

Written by David Sztybel

Introduction: Josephine Donovan, an advocate of the feminist ethic of care, emphasizes the dialogical nature of the ethic of care. In part this means “…listening to animals, paying emotional attention, taking seriously – caring about – what they are telling us.”1 Although I am a feminist, I am not an ethic of care theorist. But I believe there is something universal in Donovan’s message here. Nonhuman animals communicate with sensitive observers all of the time. The dog yelps when hit by an abuser. And I knew a pig’s scream as he or she was hellishly ushered through a Toronto slaughter facility. I will never forget the time I accompanied my friend, Anita Krajnc, to one of her vigils at a pig killing plant. One scream of a hog floated in the air as hauntingly human-like, and sounded for all the world like that animal was outraged at being assaulted or murdered.


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