For the animal kingdom, the Holocaust never ended.” — Philip Wollen, former vice president of Citibank, vegan activist
To emphasize how badly someone was treated, people often say, “He was treated like an animal.” To describe how badly someone behaved, others often say, “He acted like an animal.” This consistent demonizing of animals, demeaning them, is as much a part of our cultural framework as fried chicken. Most animals are considered irrelevant, our abuse of them out of sight, and therefore out of mind — where most people like to keep it safe from examination. Safe from personal responsibility to act.
We all share equal responsibility for abuse of the vulnerable.
This is a chance to take a closer look at two of the most despised, forgotten, and abused animals — starting with the rat. A new study out of Japan states that rats are different, and better, than one might have…
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