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Why We Need to Save Wildlife to Save Ourselves

Why We Need to Save Wildlife to Save Ourselves | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Midway through the new special issue of Science, about the global loss of wildlife, my heart caught on this idea: We now live with a steady, imperceptible loss “in people’s expectations of what the...
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The essence of Aldo Leopold's "Land Ethic" is that human acceptance of the equality of other creatures is essential for the survival of all.

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Eben Lenderking's curator insight, July 25, 6:00 AM

Compelling argument for respect for the natural environment.

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Why Animal Rights?

Why Animal Rights? | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. Many of us bought our beloved “pets” at pet shops, had guinea pigs, and kept beautiful birds in cages. We wore wool and silk, ate McDonald’s burgers, and fished. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?


"In his book Animal Liberation, Peter Singer states that the basic principle of equality does not require equal or identical treatment; it requires equal consideration. This is an important distinction when talking about animal rights. People often ask if animals should have rights, and quite simply, the answer is “Yes!” Animals surely deserve to live their lives free from suffering and exploitation.


"Jeremy Bentham, the founder of the reforming utilitarian school of moral philosophy, stated that when deciding on a being’s rights, “The question is not ‘Can they reason?’ nor ‘Can they talk?’ but ‘Can they suffer?’” In that passage, Bentham points to the capacity for suffering as the vital characteristic that gives a being the right to equal consideration. The capacity for suffering is not just another characteristic like the capacity for language or higher mathematics. All animals have the ability to suffer in the same way and to the same degree that humans do. They feel pain, pleasure, fear, frustration, loneliness, and motherly love. Whenever we consider doing something that would interfere with their needs, we are morally obligated to take them into account."

 

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PETA's Practical Guide to Animal Rights is a bargain at $8.49.  Go to this post's source (http://bit.ly/1k8f6es) to place your order.

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International Animal Rights Conference: 11.-14.9.2014 - Luxembourg

International Animal Rights Conference: 11.-14.9.2014 - Luxembourg | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

"The fourth international animal rights conference in Luxembourg will take place on September 11th until 14th 2014 at the Kulturfabrik in Esch, Luxembourg. We welcome all animal rights activists and all people who care about animals, the environment, and would like to learn more about animal rights in both theory and practice."

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Let's all go.

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CHANGE THE WAY YOU THINK ABOUT ANIMALS

CHANGE THE WAY YOU THINK ABOUT ANIMALS | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

In my recent article “A Fox Is a Cow Is a Cat,” I touched upon how we reconcile our choice to treat some animals with respect, such as our own companion animals like dogs and cats, while we treat other animals with disdain and abuse, such as the pigs we eat and the cows we kill and skin for their leather. It came to generally positive reviews of recognizing that there’s something amiss about our moral cognitive dissonance towards other species. However, one dissenting comment, which was very common, approached the issue from a very different angle:

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If wisdom ever overtakes our species, objective vision will require that we treat all animal species as our equals.

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Legally Brief: Animal Bill of Rights

Legally Brief: Animal Bill of Rights | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Each Fourth of July in the United States, we celebrate our freedom and our independence—our legal “rights” are a point of pride. The Animal Legal Defense Fund advocates for nonhuman animals to also receive the full protection of the law as a right.
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Sign the Animal Bill of Rights and show congress that you believe animals should be protected from abuse.


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Patricia Randolph's Madravenspeak: Wolf execution 'quota' a measure of DNR’s ignorance

Patricia Randolph's Madravenspeak: Wolf execution 'quota' a measure of DNR’s ignorance | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

"On Wednesday, June 25, the Natural Resources Board, comprised predominantly of appointed hunter activists, will “consider” the hunter-controlled wolf committee’s quota of 156 wolves to be killed in the 2014-15 hunting/trapping/hounding season — the third season in Wisconsin."

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GR:  Why not adjust human behavior instead of eliminating the tiny threats and minor competition from wolves.  Perhaps the Natural Resources Board should reread "Never Cry Wolf."

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"Extreme Huntress" and hunting's flimsy facade

"Extreme Huntress" and hunting's flimsy facade | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

Kathleen Stachowski   Other Nations.  "How extreme does one have to be to earn the title of "Extreme Huntress"? Don't let the diminutive -ess suffix trick you into thinking this title is a shoddy substitute for the real (male) deal. These women will get up off their childbirth bed to score a trophy–and tote two-week-old Junior along for the thrill of the kill."

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GR:  If we do not find ways to curb the killer defect in humans, one day we will be placing Mountain Lions on the endangered species list and then on another day they will all be gone.

Visit the Animal Blawg for this story, and note the fine list of animal rights resources on the sidebar.

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V. C. Bestor's curator insight, June 22, 8:30 PM

These women belly up to the lowest-set bar.