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 Post subject: Famous people comparing animals to humans
PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:35 am 
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I guess I intend this thread to be an offshoot of "Effective Vegan Messaging." Post quotes of famous people making comparisons between animals and humans here. I don't mean it to be controversial. (If mods feel that it's too controversial, feel free to take it down). I just find these comparisons to be illuminating, whether I always agree with them or not.

Here's one I really enjoy. It's from George Orwell, explaining the origin of his book "Animal Farm." Emphasis mine.

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...I saw a little boy, perhaps ten years old, driving a huge carthorse along a narrow path, whipping it whenever it tried to turn. It struck me that if only such animals became aware of their strength we should have no power over them, and that men exploit animals in much the same way as the rich exploit the proletariat.


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 Post subject: Re: Famous people comparing animals to humans
PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:54 am 
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I don't find it controversial, but does this really happen enough to warrant its own thread?

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 Post subject: Re: Famous people comparing animals to humans
PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:56 am 
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ijustdiedinside wrote:
I don't find it controversial, but does this really happen enough to warrant its own thread?


The entire oeuvre of Joseph Conrad :)

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 Post subject: Re: Famous people comparing animals to humans
PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:59 am 
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Perhaps not. Feel free to lock it if you want to. I know of a bunch of similar quotes myself and was just wondering if anyone else knew of any.

For instance, here's another from Alice Walker:

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The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites or women for men.


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 Post subject: Re: Famous people comparing animals to humans
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Given the reaction to the other thread, do you really think there's a way to make a thread where the sole purpose is to compare animal suffering to human suffering where it doesn't offend people?

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 Post subject: Re: Famous people comparing animals to humans
PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:11 am 
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Fee wrote:
Given the reaction to the other thread, do you really think there's a way to make a thread where the sole purpose is to compare animal suffering to human suffering where it doesn't offend people?


I guess not. Maybe it should be locked. Like I said, I just find these sorts of quotes to be illuminating. I kind of wanted to collect them. But if it's too sensitive of a topic, I understand.


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 Post subject: Re: Famous people comparing animals to humans
PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:21 am 
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Here's a quote from Mahatma Gandhi.

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To my mind the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being.


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 Post subject: Re: Famous people comparing animals to humans
PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:24 am 
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okay, yeah. I'm gonna go ahead and lock this thread just because I think it's essentially a repeat of what we've already gone through and Jonny himself doesn't even seem to think this is a great idea. Not being the thought police here, just trying to preserve the peace.

Someone go post some awesome food pictures, please.

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