Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Increasing Attention Paid to Animal Suffering -- With No Effect
Painful images of what we do to animals,
so painful that most of us
cannot bear to look
(which means we turn away):
It is hard to imagine that this can be stopped.
It is, after all, done by scientists,
highly educated individuals,
all of it with a good conscience,
who regard themselves,
and whom most of us
would likewise regard,
among the most cultured
and intelligent human beings,
but if these men and these women
designed this, if they do this to animals
as they do
if these scientists
teach their students to do
this and train professional technicians to do
(all in the name of science),
if they sanction this,
how on earth can
one imagine that we
(who is the we here?)
can influence anyone
(who is this anyone?
someone? who is that we hope can be
Who are these beings and where do we
suppose that they have gotten
the power to enforce anything like
that which would be needed
to effect the kind
of change we might wish
at all the levels, anywhere, everywhere:
the kind of change that would be
the kind of change that is needed.
One of the primary places for
university itself, science itself.
and worse yet science at the PhD level of
brain science, and every other kind
of science in between
all the way to the most
extreme and violent kinds.
in the pharmaceutical industry,
in the food and nutrition industry,
in the industries that provide clothing,
shoes, luggage, etc., and oh glue too and
then there are the bows used in string
orchestras, and so on all in unexpected
places (in the scent you wear, that is your
perfume, your cologne), and most
dissonantly, perhaps, in veterinary science,
in what it takes to train a vet, in what it takes
to prepare supplies for your pet -- if your pet
needs blood during even a routine operation
where do you think that blood comes from?
And so on.
If these scientists and other
will not listen to reason,
because they already know
they are in the right,
and that they have the right,
then who will?
It is not enough to change your life.
We, all of us, need to change the inhumanity
of all of humankind.
We need to change the world.