Animal welfare advocates are celebrating a new detailed plan unveiled Wednesday by Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party in the UK that aims to improve the lives of domesticated pets, laboratory and farm animals, and those in the wild.
Good for the UK. Not so good for us. This means animals in the UK will be treated better than humans here.
I wonder if they would take us back?
SHARING: A recently new book by Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce, titled “The Animals’ Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age,” argues that the science of animal welfare needs to be replaced with the science of animal well-being. The science of animal well-being focuses on nonhuman animals as INDIVIDUALS, not as anonymous quantities, and would not allow animals to be used and abused in the way that welfarism allows because welfarism patronizes animals.
The book took root out of a shared sense of frustration with science. The authors had both assumed, earlier in their careers, that the scientific study of the emotional and cognitive lives of animals would lead to major changes in how humans treat other animals—how could it not? Once people see that animals are intelligent and feeling beings, like ourselves, whose lives matter to them, they won’t be able, in good conscience, to inflict suffering and deprivations.
In the book, however, the authors attempt to figure out why science is failing animals. The answer, in brief, is that the study of animal emotion and cognition has been channeled into animal welfare science. And “welfare science” is not science in the service of animals, but rather science in the service of industry. Indeed, as the authors delved into their research for the book, it became pretty clear that the word “welfare” is a dirty little lie: whenever you see the word “welfare” in the literature, you can be pretty sure something unpleasant is being done to animals. (The word “humane” is equally troublesome–“humane washing.”)
Please read the book and, or, their interview with Laura Bridgeman, director of the organization Sonar, which is devoted to “Pioneering understanding of who dolphins & whales are” and for which Marc is advisor. See link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animal-emotions/201703/the-animals-agenda-interview-about-animal-well-being
Lovely. But please, those lab animals need to be set free.
Thank you, Common Dreams, for this piece of loving news, on Valentine’s Day, no less! The proposed policy, while not perfect, is a great start towards treating those beautiful sentient beings we call animals with the compassion and respect that they are due. Now if we can just stop killing and eating them…
There it is, in black and white in the subtitle, the reason why veganism (and the end to all animal abuse) is morally obligatory (and “welfarism” simply a baby step in the right direction):
“No animal should be…made to suffer unnecessary pain.” Animal agriculture, animal testing, animal exploitation of all kinds, are choices not necessities.
Corbyn needs no burnishing of his credentials with the traditional Marxist, Billy-Braggist working-class wing of the Labour Party, but this will put him in better graces with the liberal-bourgie dog-and-cat-fancying, British-chattering-class wing of Labour.
Exactly, for example, they are proposing laws that would mandate landlords allow pets of all kinds in apartments. Here in the USA, even the human tenants don’t have such rights!
Our landlords recently rescued a beautiful little Australian Cattle Dog puppy, 3 months old, that had been mistreated and malnourished.
His new name is Winston.
In the past month that they have had him, he has become trusting, he has put on weight, and plays well with their other pooch.
“Animal welfare advocates are celebrating a new detailed plan unveiled Wednesday by Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party in the UK that aims to improve the lives of domesticated pets, laboratory and farm animals, and those in the wild.” (article)
A step on the road to ‘rights for the environment’ ??
The link below is good, and embedded in it are the ‘open access’ Plos1 journal article, and the Greenpeace and friends initiative to set up the world’s largest marine reserve (a step along the road to E.O. Wilson’s “Half-Earth” ??? )
The discussion in the article is important. The krill population has obviously crashed (80% decline since the '70’s), and yet there are still arguments for allowing ‘sustainable fishing’.
Why can we not connect the dots ?
This is because they are the lonliest people in Europe due to the cruelty of Neoliberal ideology. They have to turn to animals for love because of the suffering from the spiritual destitution. We suffer here but, nobody cares here.