Hugh Curran to speak on Animal Ethics, Blue Hill Friday

Mon, Oct 23, 2017


Judy_Robbins wrote on 10/23/17 10:53 AM: > Hugh Curran, professor of Peace and Reconciliation Studies at University of > Maine, > will speak on “A CELTIC AND BUDDHIST INTERPRETATION OF ANIMAL ETHICS” > *Friday, October 27, 7 p.m. at Blue Hill Library.* Refreshments will be > served. All are welcome. A recent devastating/interesting article contained a couple of interesting paragraphs on one aspect of animal ethics: The FBI’s Hunt for Two Missing Piglets Reveals the Federal Cover-Up of Barbaric Factory Farms Glenn Greenwald The Intercept October 5, 2017 Whatever inherent humor to be found in the situation — an armada of armed FBI agents storming animal rescue shelters and attacking piglets and terrorizing staff to obtain DNA samples in a supposed attempt to track down two piglets who were rescued, nearly-dead, from a Smithfield concentration camp and nursed back to health by an animal rights group — is obliterated by what the group found and documented in virtual reality at that “farm” and dished out in the article. The inherent tragedy of the situation is captured in this paragraph: “This single Smithfield Foods farm breeds and then slaughters more than 1 million pigs each year. One of the odd aspects of animal mistreatment in the U.S. is that species regarded as more intelligent and emotionally complex — dogs, dolphins, cats, primates — generally receive more public concern and more legal protection. Yet pigs – among the planet’s most intelligent, social, and emotionally complicated species, capable of great joy, play, love, connection, suffering and pain, at least on a par with dogs — receive almost no protections, and are subject to savage systematic abuse by U.S. factory farms.” At one point in the article, Greenwald asks the $64,000 (or whatever 50 years of inflation has made it) question: “In general, the core moral and philosophical question at the heart of animal rights activism is now being seriously debated: Namely, what gives humans the right or justification to abuse, exploit, and torture non-human species? If there comes a day when some other species (broadly defined) — such as machines — surpass humans in intellect and cognitive complexity, will they have a valid moral claim to treat humans as commodities whose suffering and death can be assigned no value?” _______________________________________________ HCCN mailing list

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