The Issue of Human Consciousness

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by Linda Brink

Bryan Graczyk recently posted these extraordinarily interesting quotes on AR-Global:

Navajo warning: “If you kill off the prairie dogs there will be no one to cry for rain.”

Hopi Elder: “Water under the ground has much to do with rain clouds. If you take the water from under the ground, the land will dry up.”

The Other Victims of Animal Farming

Stanford Prison Experiment

by Tinako
I’m taking a Social Psychology course via Coursera.com. As with everything I read, hear, or watch, I can’t help but also consider the material in terms of animal rights. This week we’re learning about situations which often cause normal people to behave pathologically, that is, badly. Sometimes very badly….

Pets are the opiate of speciesism

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By John Carbonaro

We gain physical and emotional pleasure from our attachment-intake. We gain cerebral comfort and pleasure from our singular pet-relationship focus.

They supply a sense of balance and connection between us and the world of other animals. We can then tell ourselves that we ‘love animals’ in a global, diffused way despite our different treatment of them. They fill the cognitive-emotion gap between us and our ‘other’ treatment of animals.

Wildlife Watchers Vastly Outnumber Hunters in the United States

A Great Blue Heron in Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, Finger Lakes, N.Y.S.

by JanineS

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website, the USFWS “was created in large part because of the efforts of hunters and their concern for our wildlife resources. Since the late 19th century, hunters and anglers have been the driving force behind much of the conservation that has taken place in this century, and we as a service remain committed to preserving these great outdoor traditions.”

Education Endangers Animals

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by George Payne, founder of Gandhi Earth Keepers International

The less humans know about animals the better off animals will be. From the earliest ages children should be taught to simply leave animals alone. If they are curious about them that is wonderful. This curiosity is natural and appropriate. But there is no reason why this state of wonderment must develop into knowledge and understanding…

Black Leather Jacket

Photo by Jeff Vanuga, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

by Linda Brink

Recently, a long-time friendship of mine came to an end, allegedly over the issue of a black leather jacket, but actually over the remarkable human capacity for steadfast denial.