Dedicated to MiMi the depraved
"It's all about the love."
"The human race afraid of nothing, rushes on through every crime."
--Horace (B.C. 65-8)
"We have enslaved the rest of animal creation and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form."
--William Ralph Inge, Outspoken Essays, 1922
Pigs are sensitive, intelligent, and form strong bonds with other pigs. They are smarter than dogs and 3-year-old children. They are affectionate and playful and can even enjoy some video games.
Female pigs are loving, protective mothers who, if given the chance, make comfy nests for their offspring. But in captivity are kept in concrete stalls that are so small that they can not even lie down comfortably or turn around to nuzzle their piglets.
Piglets are castrated, have their teeth clipped, ears notched and tails docked with no anaesthetic. At the end of their painful, miserable lives, they are slaughtered, frequently alive and conscious.
They endure a lifetime of pain only to have their hormone-bloated bodies turned into chops, bacon, or sausage.
Chickens, when in natural surroundings, recognize one another, form friendships and social hierarchies, They love their young, protect their family and mourn when a loved one is lost. Chickens also enjoy dust-bathing, making nests, roosting in trees, and much more.
A chicken finds it very important to have a private nest. She builds her nest by first scratching a hole in the ground. She then picks up twigs and leaves, carries them on her back, and deposits them around the nest.
It takes a chick 21 days to develop in the egg. It starts developing when it reaches a temperature of 88 degrees F. A mother hen begins bonding with her chicks before they are even born. She will turn her egg as often as five times an hour and cluck to her unborn chicks, who will chirp back to her and to one another.
The bond between a cow and her calf is very strong and continues after the calf is fully grown. In non-commercial herds, some cows will nurse their calves for up to 3 years. On factory farms, calves are separated from their mothers within 1-2 days, sometimes even right after birth.
Cows are very social animals. They form large herds and will bond to some herd members while avoiding others. They "moo" and use different body positions and facial expressions to communicate with each other.
Rats are more intelligent then hamsters, mice, gerbils, guinea pigs and lots of others. Pet rats can learn their names and will come when you call them. Rats are social animals. They enjoy climbing up your arm and sitting on your shoulder. They are very affectionate. They love to have their heads rubbed.
Rats are playful. They can learn to do tricks and play hide and seek. Rats make great pets.
Rabbits live in groups, in underground burrows. They like dry, well-drained slopes on field edges, grassland, woodland and dunes. They live in open country where predators like foxes and birds of prey are easily spotted. One rabbit is always on guard when they are feeding. When danger approaches the guard stamps its feet and the whole colony will bolt down their burrows.
Baboons can distinguish between written words and gibberish. Monkeys seem to be able to do multiplication. Apes can delay instant gratification longer than a human child can. They plan ahead. They make war and peace. They show empathy. They share.
The bonobo, an endangered species native only to the region south of the Congo River in central Africa, is the last great ape to get its genome sequenced. Comparison with chimpanzee and human genomes reveals the bonobo genome is 98.7% identical to corresponding sequences in the human genome. Bonobos are the only species of ape other than humans to have sex facing each other. In fact, Bonobos have been studied to engage in prostitution, exchanging sex for food. They do not form permanent relationships with partners. Depending on availability, 40 to 90 percent of the bonobo diet consists of fruit. The rest is leaves, flowers, stems, pith, shoots and insects.
One of the pieces of evidence that determines what our DNA biologically planned for us to ingest is "mother's milk". All true carnivores have at least 20 percent protein in their mother's milk. Human mother's milk has in between 1.5 and 2.5 protein. Just what a bonobo mother's milk contains.
"I had bought two male chimps from a primate colony in Holland. They lived next to each other in separate cages for several months before I used one as a [heart] donor. When we put him to sleep in his cage in preparation for the operation, he chattered and cried incessantly. We attached no significance to this, but it must have made a great impression on his companion, for when we removed the body to the operating room, the other chimp wept bitterly and was inconsolable for days. The incident made a deep impression on me. I vowed never again to experiment with such sensitive creatures." --Christian Barnard, surgeon
"For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love."
"Can you really ask what reason Pythagoras had for abstinence from flesh? For my part I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of mind the first man touched his mouth to gore and brought his lips to the flesh of a dead creature, set forth tables of dead, stale bodies, and ventured to call food and nourishment the parts that has a little before bellowed and cried, moved and lived. How could eyes endure the slaughter when throats were slit and hides flayed and limbs torn from limb" How could his nose endure the stench? How was it that the pollution did not turn away his taste, which made contact with sores of others and sucked juices and serums from mortal wounds? It is certainly not lions or wolves that we eat out of self-defense; on the contrary, we ignore these and slaughter harmless, tame creatures without stings or teeth to harm us. For the sake of a little flesh we deprive them of sun, of light, of the duration of life to which they are entitled by birth and being."
"He who does not value life does not deserve it." He considered the bodies of meat-eaters to be "burial places," graveyards for the animals they eat. His notebooks are full of passages that show his compassion for living creatures. He lamented, "Endless numbers of these animals shall have their little children taken from them, ripped open, and barbarously slaughtered." I have learned from an early age to abjure the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.
--Leonardo da Vinci
"People must have renounced, it seems to me, all natural intelligence to dare to advance that animals are but animated machines.... It appears to me, besides, that [such people] can never have observed with attention the character of animals, not to have distinguished among them the different voices of need, of suffering, of joy, of pain, of love, of anger, and of all their affections. It would be very strange that they should express so well what they could not feel."
--Voltaire, Trate sur la tolerance
"I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being."
--Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President
"I do feel that spiritual progress does demand at some stage that we should cease to kill our fellow creatures for the satisfaction of our bodily wants."
"Our task must be to free ourselves . . . by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty."
"Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival for life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."
--Albert Einstein, physicist, Nobel Prize 1921
"I refuse to eat animals because I cannot nourish myself on the suffering and by the death of other creatures. I refuse to do so because I have suffered so painfully myself that I can feel the pains of others by recalling my own sufferings."
--Edgar Kupfer (survivor of Dachau)
"You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight."
"From beasts we scorn as soulless,
In forest, field and den,
The cry goes up to witness
The soullessness of men."
--M. Frida Hartley