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|From People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
On Friday, March 10, a dog was strapped to an operating table at the University of Colorado Health Science Center (UCHSC) and killed. Before she was killed, she was cut open and her heart was viewed under a variety of conditions by a group of UCHSC medical students studying human physiology.
Over the next three weeks, another 70 dogs just like her, purchased from a notorious animal dealer convicted of violating the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA), will be killed despite the availability of humane and more effective alternatives that include sophisticated computer programs and observing human surgeries in area hospitals.
Please write a letter to the university expressing your outrage at an institution that has so little regard for the welfare of animals, it not only purchases them from unscrupulous dealers, but also kills them by the dozens despite the availability of humane and more effective alternatives.
Write to: Dr. John Buechner
|The Questions we can ask, or are they best left unsaid?
This is one of the sweetest and most touching of Disney's animated movie classics. The story is simple, Cruella De Vil, cruel and selfish 'old school friend' of Pongo and Perdita's pet human, kidnaps their new puppies, along with all the dalmations in town, in order to make a fur coat. Like many men and women Cruella loves wearing fur. For her it is one of the greatest joys in her life, to feel herself wrapped in a big fluffy fur, protected from the wintry cold while looking absolutely fabulous.
Most of us wear shoe leather, leather belts, and coats. We use medicine tested on animals, and we do not hesitate to eat hamburgers, eggs, and other animal products.
Should we consider the feelings of the animals?
Do animals have rights?
The right to freedom from pain?
The right to live?
Have you ever considered the perspective of an animal?
Have you a pet? Would you eat your pet or kill it for its fur and leather?
Does it make people less human when we eat meat?
There is a philosophy in India called Jainism in which people practice the peaceful coexistence with all living creatures? Have you ever studied their point of view?
Many Vegetarians believe the violent and often cruel deaths of animals we eat is an unnecessary evil. Have you ever considered the view point of vegetarians?
Cruella De Vil
Consider the issues around wearing fur, leather, and eating meat. Discuss these with your friends. Write down exactly what your personal philosophy is about cruelty to animals, and what rights, if any, animals have.
How does this philosophy make you feel?