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f the core elements of life, sensation, and emotion are so widely distributed as to encompass a huge swath of the animal kingdom, what the moral difference between a species with higher capabilities and one without? In his thoughtful 1985 essay “,” the philosopher of biology Hans Jonas takes up three activities attributed solely to humans and explores their deeper implications. As it happens, given what we know today, elephants arguably meet all three tests. Jonas’s standard is worth revisiting in this light — not to diminish its significance for , but to consider what it means for the one other animal, at least, that might share it.

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The Case for Animal Rights, by Tom Regan

Some members of some animalrights organizations considered to be "radical", are sometimes chargedwith other crimes, as sometimes they apparently engage in activities legallydefined as harassment, and in the destruction of property belonging to the persons they view asperpetrators of crimes against animals. On the few occasions when daringactivists have succeeded in rescuing some animals from chambers of tortures, ofcourse, they have been also charged with "burglary", since the animalsare legally defined as property of the labs. However, in all fairness to them (again,according to my own research on the subject), I must say that I did not readanywhere any reports of any animal rights activist torturing or killing a livingbeing. I only read about one isolated incident when, reportedly, some unidentifiedperson/persons "believed to be animal rights activists" physically assaulted somehigh rank executive of the Huntigndon Life Science lab, in Great Britain.

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We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time.

I regard myself as an advocate of animal rights — as a part of the animal rights movement
An Animal’s Place By Michael Pollan The New York Times Magazine, November 10, 2002

The Importance of Wild-Animal Suffering – …

Once the calf is weaned from its mother’s milk at five or whenever its next sibling is born, it will spend up to 16 hours a day eating 5 percent of its entire weight in leaves, grass, brush, bark, and basically any other kind of vegetation. It will only process about 40 percent of the nutrients in this food, however; the waste it leaves behind helps fertilize plant growth and provide accessible nutrition on the ground to smaller animals, thus making the elephant a keystone species in its habitat. From 250 pounds at birth, it will continue to grow throughout its life, to up to 7 tons for a male of the largest species or 4 tons for a female.

The number of wild animals vastly exceeds that of animals on factory farms

The Tragedy of the Commons, by Garrett Hardin (1968)

I am aware that this essay barely scratches the surface on the issue ofabuse, enslavement and cruelty that is inflicted upon animals, worldwide. Ido not have the knowledge nor the means at this time to write a complete essayabout this most disturbing facet of human behavior. All I know is that asmembers of the human race, we are guilty of turning away from the horrors doneto animals either because of our lack of knowledge, denial (as in refusing toacknowledge such ugly reality), or because of our refusal to take action due toour selfish self-absorption with our own individual problems. Every bit ofcooperation and involvement counts. Gradually, we can take steps towards thebetterment of human treatment of animals, and maybe all of these horrific storiesof animal abuse that occur in our lifetime will one day be told to futuregenerations as tales about a civilization that used to exist which was comprisedof humans consumed by greed and capable of committing satanic acts of crueltyonto all other living species;whowere insensitive to the extent of engaging in the killing of animals and calledit a "sport".

Oceans cover almost 3/4 of the Earth's surface and contain roughly 97% of the Earth's water supply

Discussion of the relationship between plants and animal rights.