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It can be difficult to understand why some humans treat animals the way they do. As Green Monsters, we see every animal as a sentient individual who is worthy of our respect and care. Unfortunately, this is not the case for everyone.

While it can be trying for people to comprehend the actions of other people towards animals, we can’t even begin to imagine the confusion of the animals themselves. They don’t speak in a language that allows them to voice their fear or suffering, and they can never comprehend why they’re being beaten, neglected, or subjected the horrific conditions on factory farms.

But luckily, there are many kind and compassionate people who are willing to lend their voices to these animals and put an end to this nonsensical cycle of suffering. As this inspiring video explains, we can all make a difference and create a more compassionate world for people and animals alike by starting to think of animals as someones, not somethings.

After all, if we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others, why wouldn’t we?

 

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Carol Plague
2 Years Ago

Why do humans treat animals the way they do? Have you ever thought about religious ideology, or its beliefs? Have you ever considered moral discourse without religion dominating the discussion? All religions are anthropocentric and speciesist, some more so than others? \'Speciesism\' is the idea that being human is a good enough reason for human animals to have greater moral rights than non-human animals. ...a prejudice or bias in favour of the interests of members of one\'s own species and against those of members of other species.

Here is the official Catholic Church’s dogma on the moral status of nonhuman animals, as reflected in the words of Jesuit priest and philosopher Joseph Rickaby, who stated animal rights do not exist:

“Brute beasts, not having understanding and therefore not being persons, cannot have any rights. The conclusion is clear. They are not autocentric. They are of the number of THINGS, which are another’s: they are chattels, or cattle. We have no duties to them…. Nor are we bound to any anxious care to make [their] pain as little as may be. Brutes are THINGS in our regard: so far as they are useful to use, they exist for us, not for themselves; and we do right in using them unsparingly for our need and convenience….”

This is from the book “Men, Beasts and Gods, A History of Cruelty and Kindness to Animals” (Charles Scribner’s Sons, NY 1972) by Gerald Carson:

“The reflection that the lower creatures suffered, although innocent, troubled many consciences. But the official dogma stood firm that brutes [sic] had neither personality, ‘intellective soul’ nor future life. Their place in the universe was fixed forever in Genesis 1:28, that they lived and died for the convenience of man. As late as the middle of the last century, Pius IX refused permission for the formation in Rome of a society for the prevention of cruelty to animals on the grounds that it was a theological error to suppose that man had any duty toward animals.”


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