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Animal Compassion

January 2009

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

— Gandhi, quoted in On Compassion Towards Animals

Jody commented:

Although Gandhi does not have my unreserved approval, I like this quote. In times of strife and scare nutrition it is one thing to steal cow milk or eat a rabbit. "Safari parks" like the one they're going to open in Wellington are quite another matter. I also believe that killing ants with magnifying glasses poses a bigger question about the burner than it does about whether the ant feels pain. This applies to many things about how we treat others - animals or people or "things".

Matt commented:

I also believe that killing ants with magnifying glasses poses a bigger question about the burner than it does about whether the ant feels pain.

Yes! I find myself asking more and more "do I want to be the kind of person who does these things?"

Matt commented:

“Hutt safari park gets go-ahead.”

Wow. That is fucking messed up. Fish in a barrel.