Dec 15 2007

Animal Rights / Black Slavery

by Edward

I am currently reading an amazing book called ANIMAL LIBERTATION – I think this is a must read for anyone who cares about animals and also to those who don’t but are willing to have their views debated.

It is written by a guy called Peter Singer who I now idolize. He writes so well and explains things in such a way that it is impossible to argue with him. Apparently most people who read this book turn vegetarians if they are not.

A passage of the book, quotes Jeremy Bentham when writing at the time when black slaves had been freed by the French but the British dominations were still being treated in the way we now treat animals.

The day may come when the rest of the animal creation may acquire those rights which never could have been withheld from them but by the hand of tyranny. The French have already discovered that the blackness of the skin is no reason why a human being should be abandoned without redress to caprice of a tomertor. It may one day come to be recognized that the number of legs, the villosity of the skin, or the termination of the os sacrum are reasons equally insufficient for abandoning a sensitive being to the same fate. What else is it that should trace the insuperable line? Is it the faculty of reason, or perhaps the faculty of discourse? But a full-grown horse or dog is beyond comparison a more rational, as well as a more conversable animal, than an infant of a day or a week or even a month, old. But suppose they were otherwise, what would it avail? The question is not, “can they reason?” nor “can they talk?” but, “can they suffer?”

Will leave you with that thought.