From Aesop and Ovid, from Montaigne to Kant or Schopenhauer: often philosophers fought for more respect against animals. Modern philosophy had a lot of work to discuss publicly the transportation of animals to slaughterhouses over hundreds of miles, to discuss bullfight or experiments with animals to develop medicine! Killing in Africa of rhinos and elephants for obscure demands in Asia. There must be an agreement between the nations about whaling and fishing rules etc. – actually: Fukushima’s nuclear water floating into the Pacific Ocean …
photo by frizztext
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On the radio France Inter, there’s a good example of a french philosopher, speaking with animal rights journalist Allain Bougrain-Dubourg each sunday. I spoke of one of the problem we have with “traditions” and “animal rights”. Remember that slavery, apartheid, racism were traditions….
war, humans vs. humans, is also a tradition it seems, even using gas; it seems, we have no energy to fight for animals too? brutality, lack of any empathy is what both topics have in common…
I look at that photo and I see two creatures happy to be with each other. Then I see the fence behind them, and I feel sad because I know they no matter how well they are treated, they are held captive.
yes, I’m ashamed to admit, I saw them in a Zoo (Berlin)
I read your article
“He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” –Immanuel Kant [you mentioned him] and “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” –Ghandi
Look at this photo and tell me one can harm these magnificent animals. Shame!
Such a heart-warming photo, Frizz. I’m glad you mentioned the Rhinos being slaughtered in Africa. It’s a shocking state of affairs. 😦
It’s hard to watch the photo and read the slaughtering in Africa….