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From: Just Leaf ( -
Subject: Animal liberationists have twisted thinking
Date: August 28, 2005 at 10:58 am PST

In Reply to: Re: Animal liberationists have twisted thinking posted by Nan Tzu on August 14, 2005 at 8:47 am:

Please read Peter Singer's Animal Liberation.

I think that the essence of this movement recognizes suffering as suffering regardless of the species who suffers.

We as human beings have the capacity to make choices that may lessen or even eliminate this suffering.

If one is concerned about the well-being of the human race, then assumably one should be interested in nurturing one's own compassion for all beings that suffer. I can think of no better evolution for human beings than their effort to be unconditionally compassionate.

I think that AL is directly linked to human liberation. It's time to free ourselves from the egocentric mentality that keeps us thinking that only humans are worthy of consideration, and that all of our desires must be satisfied, regardless of the effect on other sentient beings. 200 years ago, many people did not believe that human slavery was evil. They scoffed at those who would question the sincerity of abolishists in the same way that some are now criticizing AL.

I think that in another 200 years (though I hope it doesn't take so long), the exploitation of animals will commonly be seen for what it is: hurtful, unnecessary, and barbaric. In a word, uncivilized. Perhaps, this shift will take a great deal of time and energy. I am grateful to those people who spend their life devoted to promoting these changes. They are devoted to animal liberation, and they are devoted to human liberation!

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