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Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do?
Shakyamuni Buddha— Dhammapada Now the wisdom of this statement or others like it has nothing to do with religion so please do not be put off if you are not religiously inclined, with or without a religious context such observations are reasonable and most relevant concerning our attitude towards animals.
We should treat animals with respect and not harm them in any way because they are like us, and like us they simply wish to live. All animals fear death, if they did not they would not survive for long, all creatures fear pain and avoid contact with situations and things in their environment that bring about pain.
The avoidance of both death and pain are instinctive in all animals including man. All animals feel pain, all experience the flight or fight response, a survival mechanism triggered by fear.
Our treatment of animals will someday be considered barbarous. There cannot be perfect civilisation until man realises that the rights of every living creature are as sacred as his own.
Sadly though these laws do no go far enough and often farm animals are excluded. The recent EU protocol which recognises that animals are sentient may result in some modification concerning the treatment of farm animals, improving conditions for them and treating them more humanely, however it does not go far enough.
This is yet another example of our inconsistency, while this recognition is of course a good beginning, it appears incongruous that having recognised that farm animals are sentient to than continue to breed and slaughter them for food!
To my way of thinking breeding animals for slaughter is cruel, inhumane, an atrocity; there is nothing humane about causing the death of another creature, it is the ultimate act of profound cruelty to rob a creature of his existence however "humanely" this act is carried out, moreover there is no way to kill any animal without causing him pain and distress.
Even if factory farming was abolished, and despite the EU protocol there is no indication of this happening, it is still cruel to confine animals, steal their eggs or the milk that is meant for their calves, determine their lives, when the will conceive and when they will die or enslave them in a life of labour for instance to round up sheep, or to provide us with entertainment such as race horses and racing dogs or for use in experiments.
No the only humane treatment of animals is to allow them to live out their lives the way nature intended without detrimental interference.
It is at the very least accepted in scientific circles that all creatures man, dogs, pigs, sheep, cows, poultry, all feel pain both physical and emotional as do fish and indeed invertebrates often not equated with sentience or even the capacity to feel pain; crustaceans for example are capable of feeling pain, experience distress and fear.
Read about how animals experience stress and fear: Pain is the same for them that it is for us. Even worse, because they cannot help themselves.
Camuti Ethics "The person who kills for fun is announcing that, could he get away with it, he'd kill you for fun.
Exactly the same is true of each individual deer, hare, rabbit, fox, fish, pheasant and butterfly. Humans should enjoy their own lives, not take others. I recall during a discussion with a Buddhist I remarked that I did not kill even an ant and that killing any creature was one step closer to killing a human being.
This statement was met with complete agreement. However one does not have to be religious to know this, it is common sense surely. Violence, killing, cruelty on any level all becomes easier the more it is practised; the more a person kills another being whether man or animal the easier it is to kill another time.
To kill thousands of animals day after day becomes a callous act which breeds other callous acts. How can we expect a peaceful harmonious world while we kill other creatures who have as much right as do we to their lives.
Killing taints the soul for want of a better word. I am agnostic so this is not a religious issue for me although many religious ideas may be relevant as mentioned earlier.The background and history of animal testing are interesting aspects of what remains a controversial subject matter today.
Animal testing has a history that is fraught with controversy and debate, although most of this occurred as a response to increasing awareness around the use of .
A summary of Chapter X in George Orwell's Animal Farm.
Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of Animal Farm and what it means. Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans.
Animal protests have a long and turbulent history, from their emergence in the twentieth century to the last decade. Since the s and s, protests increased a great deal although they have fizzled out somewhat over the last several years. Animal protests have a long and turbulent history, from their emergence in the twentieth century to the last decade.
Since the s and s, protests increased a great deal although they have fizzled out somewhat over the last several years.
A summary of Chapter X in George Orwell's Animal Farm. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of Animal Farm and what it means. Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. Also see: Why Animals matter: A Religious and Philosophical perspective Think differently about regardbouddhiste.com (TDAS) supports animal rights in its strictest meaning which is the abolition of all animal exploitation. Threats against Bush at public protests. A protester with a sign saying “Kill Bush” and advocating that the White House be bombed, at the March 18, .
Antony would like to respond to the article in El Pais yesterday: "I would just like to say that I suspect the translation of my interview was a bit rough, and the artistic statement I made was in reference to myself: "As a transgendered person, I am like a wild animal, beyond the realm of Christians and patriarchies.".
Also see: Why Animals matter: A Religious and Philosophical perspective Think differently about regardbouddhiste.com (TDAS) supports animal rights in its strictest meaning which is the abolition of all animal .