Archive for February 6th, 2011

Thought-provoking column reviews history of society’s views on animals

I found a thought-provoking column concerning animal welfare on The Vancouver Sun website, written by Peter McKnight. In the piece, McKnight goes back in time for a history tour of mankind’s treatment of animals – or how society viewed animals in terms of how we treat them and show concern for their welfare.

He reports French philosopher Rene Descartes argued “animals could neither reason nor feel pain, and any behaviours they exhibited were simple automatic responses”

How wrong could Descartes possibly be?

McKnight ends with the following thoughts – and I could not agree more –

“” Certainly, we still have a long way to go. But for the first time in history, there is widespread recognition of animal interests. Indeed, now, as never before, we have come to recognize that animals’ lives matter, not just for our sake, but for theirs. “”

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