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The Day of the Animals
Transcript of The Day of the Animals
The Day of the Animals
On the day named for the animals,
the tortoises crawl out of the soup vats
all across France, leaving herb-scented tracks
across the polished floors. Out of the poachers'
bags and through the restaurant windows
the quail fly, land on the linen tablecloths
and gather the speckled eggs to their breasts.
Foxes reclaim their silver coats
from the storage vaults, chew off the buttons
and slip into their smooth cold skins.
The elephants pull on their feet,
reassemble their long luminous tusks
earring by ivory earring, bead by bead.
One by one they claim what is theirs and vanish
with the Sabre Tooth, the Dodo Bird, the Dire Wolf.
Only the animals man has tamed or broken remain
less beautiful than they once had been,
for all that wild
has gone out of them, even
the Appaloosa in the bluegrass meadow
eats only the hay thrown over the fence
and will not run.
Animal Cruelty Within The Media
As of recently, there has been quite a bit more cases of animal cruelty within the media.
Animal Testing and Science
There are multiple reasons why animal testing for scientific/ medical purposes can be seen in a positive light
Large organizations such as PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and HSUS, Humane Society of the United States, stand up against animal cruelty.
Factory Farming In 60 Seconds
ATTENTION: THIS MAY BE GRAPHIC TO SOME VIEWERS. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
Our society is not desensitized to videos like the prior, however, we are desensitized to hearing about factory farming. Paul McCartney once said that if slaughterhouses had glass walls we'd all be vegetarians. And I truly believe that after witnessing the previous video.
For some reason, we only consider skinning animals and mistreating domesticated creatures as animal cruelty. However, the following video might change our minds.
The cove is a 2009 documentary highlighting the slaughter of dolphins in Japan. It displays the absolute brutality surrounding Japanese dolphin hunting.
The biggest pro of animal testing is the potential it has to save lives. Not just human lives, either, but human and animal life alike. While many would like to believe that animal testing could be eliminated because of computer technology, computer technology is not always completely reliable, even with the advances we have made just within the last decade. One could argue that a computer is not able to effectively provide an accurate representation of the human or animal body (on a molecular and biological/physiological level
If it wasn't for animal testing we currently would not have certain medical treatments that we all take for granted, such as being able to vaccinate our pets against the rabies virus. If it wasn't for animal testing we would not have heartworm medications for our dogs.
Animal Testing for COSMETIC purposes however, has no justification
IF WE DIDN'T HAVE ANIMAL TESTING FOR SCIENTIFIC PURPOSES WE WOULDN'T HAVE VACCINES FOR
HPV (as of 2006)
and a multitude of other diseases or illnesses.
Media has been a huge contributor in helping prevent an increase in animal cruelty. Without the media, we would not know about certain events that could devastate our community
One of the major themes of this poem is extinction.
Tortoises, quails, foxes and elephants are described as following the same fate as saber tooth cats, dodo birds, and dire wolves.
These are all relatively recently extinct
Human interference may have played a
significant role in all of these species extinction.
In 2011, the West African Black Rhinoceros was declared extinct.
It is estimated that 10 to 100 million species currently exist on Earth and that 0.01% to 0.1% of these species go extinct every year. That means that somewhere between 1 thousand and 100 thousand species become extinct every year.
Extinction is not a new thing.
It is estimated that 99.9% of
all species that have ever existed are now extinct.
Paleontologists have deduced that at least 5 mass extinction events have occurred.
However, current human activities may be causing a new mass extinction event at an alarming rate.
Without the extinction of certain dominant species, the environment necessary for humans to have evolved may not have been possible.
Just imagine trying to escape from a 6 m tall T-Rex that could run at speeds of 30km/h.
But who cares?
Genetic diversity is important for the ecosystem. Our survival, or at least our ability to thrive, is dependent on the health of the only habitable planet we know, the Earth.
Many medicines and vaccines have been derived from research on plants, animals and other organisms. Since many of these species are interdependent on each other, it is vital that we make efforts to lower the current rates of extinction.
The potential benefits to humanity of many extinct species may never be known.
Why worry about extinction rates?
Many people consider certain animals beautiful, even if they are dangerous, e.g. lions.
Some birds can sing beautiful melodies. Beethoven's Fifth Symphony may have been inspired by the songs of White-throated Sparrows.
Who doesn't like to watch nature documentaries once in a while?
The Link Between Animal Abuse and Human Abuse
CONS OF TESTING
Animals are kept in captivity or are even killed to examine the toxicity in their organs.
Some substances tested, may never be used for anything useful.
Animal testing itself is very expensive
The argument that the reaction of a drug in an animals body is different than in a humans, considering the animal is put under strain during the testing causing a different reaction.
Since the 1970"s, research has consistently reported that cruelty to animals as a child as the first warning sign of later violent criminal behaviour. In fact, nearly all those convicted of violent crime have a history of animal cruelty in their profiles.
Albert deSalvo, the Boston Strangler;
found guilty of killing 13 women. shot arrows through dogs and cats he trapped as a child.
Columbine shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold:
boasted about mutilating animals for fun pre=shooting.
Animal Cruelty and Crime
Children who abuse animals are often repeating a lesson learned at home; like their parents, they are reacting to anger or frustration with violence.
As they feel powerless and vulnerable themselves, children who are abused will then sometimes target pets and animals who are even more powerless.
Children Psyche and Animal Abuse
In many cases, these children grow up lacking empathy and the inability to show remorse. In extreme cases, the violent abuse escalates and develops into violence against other humans. These children also develop a mindset in which animal abuse whether it be simply physical violence, needless animal testing or inhumane captivity is acceptable.
“The research is pretty clear that there are connections between animal abuse and domestic violence and child abuse.” - Professor Frank R. Ascione of the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work
Studies demonstrate that how we as a society view the treat animals is directly associated with our treatment of humans and value of life in general.
“Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives,” - Humanitarian Dr. Albert Schweitzer
Kayla Bourque is a 23yr old former SFU criminology student who was convicted of torturing and killing animals and later admitting to a desire to kill homeless people.
Kayla was arrested in November 2012, and spent eight months in a Vancouver jail before being released on strict probation for good behaviour.
While living in residence March of 2012, she told a student she had disemboweled and dismembered cats in the Prince George area and that she fantasized about getting a gun and shooting a homeless person.
She also said she wanted to kill someone in residence and was taking forensic classes because she wanted to "get away" with something in the future.
Several psychologists who interviewed Bourque found she showed no remorse or insight into her crimes.
Bourque was initially arrested under the Mental Health Act and a search of her residence turned up a blue nylon bag with a kitchen knife, a razor blade, three large garbage bags, a hypodermic needle and a mask.
Police also found a video showing her killing the family dog. Another video showed Bourque torturing and killing the family cat.
FOR THE GREATER GOOD?
ALTERNATIVES TO ANIMAL TESTING
Innovative biotechnology firm Hµrel has developed a 3-D in vitro (test tube) human “liver” that scientists can use to study the breakdown of chemicals in the human body. This technology effectively mimics human organs and can be used to test cosmetics, drugs, and chemicals.
Survival: The relation between
human and animal
Only the animals
man has tamed or broken
beautiful than they once had been,
for all that is wild
has gone out of them,
``Only the animals man has tamed or broken remain``
Between 3-30 million species still exist
Only 70 species extinct are directly caused by humans
brings benefits to humans
no chance of starvation
no "territory wars"
Isn't domesticating good?
"less beautiful than they once had been,"
the animals have not changed
more opportunities to see them
"for all that is wild has gone out of them"
Wild animals KILL AND EAT other ANIMALS
preserves species by domesticating