No Animal, Ever.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Sep 1, 2012
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PETA’s simplest ad, ever, is perhaps its most on point, yet.

Animals are Sentient, Too.

Join our focus Facebook page: “Animals are People, Too.” Seriously: scientists just last week came out and confirmed what many of us have suspected all along: animals are feeling, sentient, aware, just as are we.

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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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14 Responses to “No Animal, Ever.”

  1. oz_ says:

    Oh. Scientists said it. Well, then, I guess it's holy writ. Case closed.

    The problem with treating scientists like a priesthood is, well, ARE, that 1) it goes to their head, and 2) other scientists may well come out next week with a differing view. That's kind if the point of science.

    Look, science NEVER *proves* anything – by definition, it CANNOT. Science is ALL about hypothesis and hypothesis breaking and – in the best case – a tentative stake in the ground asserting a position backed up by lots of disclaimers. Science is thus inherently *conservative* in a way that religion isn't. Good science is about inching closer to the truth, one painful step at a time, often preceded by two steps backward. Science isn't a religion, capable of delivering ultimate or absolute truths, yet the statement above – 'scientists came out and confirmed' – acts as though that's exactly what it is. You've committed epistemological suicide. Bad move.

    We live in a society where scientists are treated like the ultimate knowers. This is nonsense, and in fact quite dangerous to cede this level of authority to these men and women – who, after all, are human with all that this implies in terms of bias, ignorance and confusion. Not to mention susceptibility to denial and delusion.

    Of course animals are sentient. I don't need a scientist to 'confirm' this for me. And to pretend that this is what 'proves' a thing is to tread into very dangerous territory.

    BTW, a link would have been helpful, so interested parties could have examined the evidence, looked at the methodology of the study, tracked down the funding, and done other such things aside from just go with the confirmation bias and blindly accept the headline.

  2. oz_ says:

    So it's been "reported everywhere" (really? everywhere? or just, in a lot of places that push the agenda that such a statement would support??) – again, does this automatically confer credibility? And looking at the link provided renders this even more absurd – a bunch of scientists signed a declaration?? Remember that group of scientists who signed a declaration stating that global warming wasn't man-caused? That was circulated by the Republicans as 'proof' – see, two can play at this game.

    When did we start ceding our own common sense to scientists?

    Like I said, I don't need a bunch of scientists signing a 'declaration' to convince me one way or the other. It requires a immense amount of denial to even posit that animals don't have "conscious awareness"! Such a statement (and you can find many such among vivisectionists) is ludicrous on its face, to anyone who has spent even a modicum of time among animals.

    But that's not the point – the point is treating scientists as though they are some sort of superior class of beings whose nays and yays constitute proof or lack thereof.

    This is juvenile: 'Well, MY DAD said it was true!'

    Time we grew up and started thinking for ourselves, says I.

  3. Tiffany says:

    I’m with oz. Says the science teacher.

  4. Edward Staskus says:

    All these arguments aside, my comment is that there is a world of difference between harvesting a head of lettuce and killing a pig for the dinner table. I would suggest to everyone who desires a pork loin that they go out to a farm next time, buy a pig, kill it on the spot, cut it up, and serve it. Maybe then you will be able to justify eating animals. Buying them all packaged up at the supermarket is far less than real.

  5. Kathy says:

    So simple, so true. Contrary to what the media wants us to believe, there is no "happy meat". Thanks for posting this!
    What's up with the hissy fitting out about science??? Feeling guilty and trying to change the subject maybe?. ; )

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  7. karlsaliter says:

    We don't need any studies to inform us that animals are sentient. Spending time in the proximity of animals will do the trick nicely. Really.

    Also stating that scientists confirm something is not the same as worshiping their findings as "truth". Sheesh.

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