We Are Animals and Therein Lies Hope for a Better Future
This past year was remarkable in terms of what we have learned about the cognitive, emotional and moral lives of nonhuman animals (animals). A new and outstanding book called We Animals by award-winning photojournalist and activist Jo-Anne McArthur whose work also is featured in the wonderful documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine (see here) and a recent TEDTalk entitled “If We Could Talk To the Animals” by biologist Denise Herzing about the clearly smart and emotional dolphins she and her team study and her talk made me think of an incredible number of larger themes and “big” questions centering on the fascinating lives of the other animals with whom we share our magnificent planet. By paying attention to who other animals are we learn lessons about ourselves.
Let’s stop pretending we don’t know what other animals want and need: They do not want to die
First, let’s stop pretending we don’t know what other animals want and need.
As a biologist, I realize there aren’t “higher” and “lower” animals, and labels like higher and lower really don’t mean anything at all and are frequently used to justify the mistreatment of lower animals because the word lower far too easily slides into “less intelligent,” “less 南京KTV