Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Vivisection? Not!!

Vivisection? Not!!

We have evolved, and continue to evolve, in our understanding  of our relationship to all “matter” in the Universe. So now I am clear that animal lives matter. They matter to themselves as much and in the same way as our human lives matter to ourselves.  There is no longer any rational or emotional excuse for saying that humans are not animals, or are a “superior” order of animals…  

Our scientifically validated knowledge of the processes of genetics and evolution of DNA and the consequent infinite string of small differences between one life form and the next… means we can no longer pretend we are greatly superior in our life form. Every year that passes we learn more about the community life of animals, (and also plants!) their family lives, their languages, their feelings of pain and empathy,  their problem-solving abilities… The direction of time’s arrow is certain, we are drawing closer to them, culturally, with every new scientific revelation…  Looking to what will be the future, the conclusion is clear now. We should not interact with animals in any way that, if they could speak, they would object to…

Given the foregoing argument, we are evidently totally unscientific to continue to put humans on the pedestal that they were assigned to in the Bible and other out-of-date historical “truths”. And thus justify our barbaric practices in raising animals for meat and conducting “vivisection“ on their bodies and minds as though they were “morally” just unfeeling insentient objects.

As a final argument, obviously we have used our “superior” brains to isolate ourselves from our DNA-based connections to the natural world around us,  By creating a technology-based instrumental attitude to everything in nature, we have led ourselves to the brink of destroying all life on earth… And we have not used our supposed superiority to give us the means to both predict it and work together,  to avert this catastrophe… Wolves have lived 200 000 centuries of productive family and ecologically useful lives on Planet Earth. How are we “superior” to they who have not come close to the damage we done in but 4 centuries or so ? …

Please, let us have no more unthinking unprofessional descriptions from scientists about their use of animals in any way that harms their lives. Of course it will take us a little longer to understand how the human brain processes memories... if we choose not to perform invasive experiments on mice bred to be slaves for the sole purpose of being mangled and observed… In the meantime, we can use observe humans, and learn to understand how they behave, and maybe, learn,  to behave better. 

Donato Cianci Jan. 30, 2018.  donatoshabitat@gmail.com, donatopoetry.com, juliodonatoshabitat.blogspot.ca