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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Animals, Whom We Have Made Our Slaves

“Those who benefit from the exploitation of others generally employ psychological tactics to justify this exploitation. It’s far easier to feel comfortable about dominating and oppressing others when we convince ourselves that they are somehow radically different and ‘lower’ than us. This was how men justified oppressing women, and how whites justified enslaving blacks. It is also how humans justify exploiting nonhumans. As Charles Darwin noted, ‘Animals, whom we have made our slaves, we do not like to consider our equal.’”

~J. Tyler

“One day the absurdity of the almost universal human belief in the slavery of other animals will be palpable. We shall then have discovered our souls and become worthier of sharing this planet with them.”

~-Martin Luther King Jr.

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