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Animal rights vs. Animal welfare

animal rights vs animal welfare
Evolve Campaigns made this great viral graphic comparing animal rights and animal welfare. I’ve seen it around for a while, and have always thought it did a good job of making the distinction clear. So when I saw it on Pinterest I gave it a heart!

Then I read the comments. I don’t usually engage like this, anymore! But I couldn’t help it, I had to dive in.

It’s interesting to me that folks see veganism and animal rights as some kind of choice of animals over humans, when humans are animals, and so many vegans are also human rights advocates for this reason (and also because they’re, you know, generally decent people who are working on becoming less oppressive). I don’t think that was ever an issue for me. My issue was that animals were tasty. But in any case, I don’t think any of these issues are good reasons for eating someone.

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Some vegan news and some news of vegans

I’m still caught up in the world of new parenthood, but I had to share these few things that have been sitting in my in-box. Hope you’re all having a beautiful spring!

Humans have a really weird relationship with other animals.

Do we love them or hate them? Do we respect them or not? Are we troubled enough by the inconsistent and sometimes exploitative and violent ways we treat them, to change our actions? More

Meet Browncoat Cat Rescue!

One of my favorite local people, a dedicated activist who has done more for our area’s cats than anyone else I’ve ever heard of, has launched a new rescue organization! Click here to learn about Browncoat Cat Rescue – and please, donate. Your contributions will support her Trap-Neuter-Return work as well as the care and feeding of the many fosters who are always romping around her place, healing and getting socialized on their way to adoption.

Be sure to “Like” Browncoat Cat Rescue on Facebook!

No Kill Day

Today is No Kill Day, a day during which we ask each other to imagine a world where no healthy animals are killed simply because they don’t yet have an adoptive home. Click here to read the headlines on Google News – sounds like a lot of shelters who have pledged not to kill any animals today are having record adoptions. Via No Kill Nation on Facebook:

Some shelters are reporting that they’ve run out of animals. Some have done more adoptions today than they normally do in a week. And still others have reported staff being brought to tears as animals that normally would have been killed are leaving the shelter alive in the loving arms of their new families in record numbers.

Today I’m feeling very fortunate and grateful that we have a no-kill shelter here in Tompkins County: Tompkins County SPCA. And I’m feeling very fortunate and grateful for the love of Sid, Zora, and Snow, our three cat friends. We adopted them off the streets of Brooklyn, and my only regret is that we didn’t let them in sooner.

Photo: Politics, by Shira Evergreen