Events like FARM’s Animal Rights Conference are an opportunity for animal advocates to learn new things, network with likeminded people and energize your activism.
The notes below are from a talk given at one of the morning plenary sessions by Marc Bekoff, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy and Why They Matter as well as Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals. According to Literati.net, he has published more than 200 papers and 22 books!
From his talk:
- Why do we slaughter sentience? How do we decide who lives, who dies, and who suffers?
- Why do we do invasive things to animals in the name of entertainment or science?
- Who do we eat and why? WHO not what.
- Power doesn’t mean license.
- Good welfare isn’t good enough.
- What do the animals feel about what we do to them?
- Fish feel pain. There’s actually more scientific evidence that fish feel pain than there is that human neonates or preterm infants feel pain.
- We’ve recently discovered more data on the emotional lives of animals formerly thought to be unemotional: bees and jellyfish.
- Chickens can empathize and do math.
- Cows and pigs respond positively to touch and friendship… just like humans!
- Chimpanzes suffer PTSD from captivity.
- The differences between humans and animals are of degree, not kind. We all suffer, we all experience joy.
Here is a video of Marc Bekoff describing what he does:
Our notes from the 2011 AR conference will be all at http://www.vegansoapbox.com/topics/ar2011/. Notes from 2009′s conference are at http://www.vegansoapbox.com/topics/ar-2009/.