If You Knew The Truth… (Animal Testing)

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“There are, I know, those who profess to believe in animal rights but do not avow these goals. Factory farming, they say, is wrong — it violates animals’ rights — but traditional animal agriculture is all right. Toxicity tests of cosmetics on animals violates their rights, but important medical research — cancer research, for example — does not. The clubbing of seals is abhorrent, but not the harvesting of adult seals. I used to think I understood this reasoning. Not anymore. You don’t change unjust institutions by tidying them up.”

“What’s wrong — fundamentally wrong — with the way animals are treated isn’t the details that vary from case to case. It’s the whole system. The forlornness of the veal calf is pathetic, heart-wrenching; the pulsing pain of the chimp with electrodes planted deep in her brain is repulsive; the slow, torturous death of the raccoon caught in the leghold trap is agonizing. But what is wrong isn’t the pain, isn’t the suffering, isn’t the deprivation. These compound what’s wrong. Sometimes — often — they make it much, much worse. But they are not the fundamental wrong.”

“The fundamental wrong is the system that allows us to view animals as our resources, here for us — to be eaten, or surgically manipulated, or exploited for sport or money. Once we accept this view of animals — as our resources — the rest is as predictable as it is regrettable. Why worry about their loneliness, their pain, their death? Since animals exist for us, to benefit us in one way or another, what harms them really doesn’t matter — or matters only if it starts to bother us, makes us feel a trifle uneasy when we eat our veal escallop, for example. So, yes, let us get veal calves out of solitary confinement, give them more space, a little straw, a few companions. But let us keep our veal escallop.”

“But a little straw, more space and a few companions won’t eliminate — won’t even touch — the basic wrong that attaches to our viewing and treating animals as our resources. A veal calf killed to be eaten after living in close confinement is viewed and treated in this way: but so, too, is another who is raised (as they say) “more humanely.” To right the wrong of our treatment of farm animals requires more than making rearing methods “more humane”; it requires the total dissolution of commercial animal agriculture.”

– Tom Regan, “The Case for Animal Rights”

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“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” ~Mahatma Gandhi, Indian spiritual leader

“The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?” ~Jeremy Bentham, English philosopher

“Of all the creatures, man is the most detestable. Of the entire brood, he`s the one that possesses malice. He is the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain. The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.” ~Mark Twain, American Novelist

“In relation to them (the animals), all people are Nazis; for the animals it is an eternal Treblinka.” ~Isaac Bashevis Singer, Holocaust survivor, Winner of the 1978 Nobel Prize in Literature

“Our grandchildren will ask us one day: Where were you during the holocaust of the animals? What did you do against these horrifying crimes? We won’t be able to offer the same excuse the second time, that we didn’t know.” ~Helmut Kaplan, German author, philosopher

“Auschwitz begins wherever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks they´re only animals” ~Theodor Adorno, German sociologist, philosopher

“Atrocities are not less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are call medical research.” ~George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright

“As long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.” ~Pythagoras, Greek philosopher

“You put a baby in a crib with an apple and a rabbit. If it eats the rabbit and plays with the apple, I’ll buy you a new car.” ~Harvey Diamond, health author

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ~Edmund Burke, Anglo-Irish statesman, author

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