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Sunday, July 24, 2005

A rat is a pig is a dog is a Holocaust victim

It might be the only comment supporting animal rights which could possibly be more tasteless than "A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy."

I'm indebted to conservative Australian journalist and blogger Tim Blair (http://timblair.net/) who brought this to our attention.

Mr. Blair reports that the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (which is much like our CBC, for good or ill) recently profiled Australian animal rights activist Brian Sherman, which led local environmentalist Tim Flannery, director of the South Australian Museum, to opine:

"I think that Brian sees something akin to what went on in the Holocaust. You know, that this is a terrible tragedy unfolding before our eyes, and unless we act to do something about it, we’re complicit in this cruelty and this degradation."

Mr, Sherman, for his part, has had the grace to disassociate himself from this opinion. But one has to wonder when North American PETA activists will start to think this way.

Posted by Rick Hiebert on July 24, 2005 in Science | Permalink


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Ignoring the antagonists' gratuitous reference to the Holocaust, I should like to point out ten reasons why, although humans are animals, we are different from all the other animals we have encountered to date by such a degree that we are different in kind.

* We're individual warm-blooded vertebrate scavenging omnivores.
* We're bipedal and binocular and have arms with hands with opposed thumbs.
* We have a massive forebrain, neurologically speaking, much of which is focused on language and 3D visio-spatial modelling.
* We figured out speech, writing, music, dance, and art.
* We figured out responsibility, trust, and fraud.
* We figured out fire, machines, and electricity.
* We figured out reason, logic, mathematics, and science.
* We figured out the rule of law, property, the separation of church and state, and democracy.
* We figured out the concepts of fundamental individual freedoms and of human rights.
* We walked on the moon and returned safely.

Look, a bug doesn't have a brain; it doesn't do emotions or pain. We do. Somewhere in between we negotiate the standards for animal husbandry. Those who would pretend otherwise will eventually lose.

Posted by: Tony | 2005-07-25 12:00:22 AM

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