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  1. Hey, fellow horse folks—at the risk of being a harpy, I have harranged about this for years. Not only is eating all that excess protein not needed for the adult body, but the excess in calories is ruining our health and contributing to a 30% obesity rate in the US. Even formerly calorie deficient populations like India and China now have significant obesity problems and all the attendant healthcare costs.
    Start with cutting out the meat and dairy one day at a time. Get it off your plate, learn to love the massive diversity in the vegetable/grain/legume/fruit categories, and you will feel better—-not just physically, but psychologically. The industrial meat industry —and that means EGGS and POULTRY, too—-is rife with vicious treatment, confinement, and psychological pain for animals denied EVERY natural behavior and social interaction. Humans have for way too long avoided the acknowledgement that other animals suffer for our utility. Scientists call it “anthropomorphizing” to degrade those who insist animals other than us have unique needs and perspectives. Ironically, the label itself is a mark of our arrogant categorizing that would place us at the top of the heap—a benchmark against which all others are judged. Some scientists are actually starting to find (and admit) that the limitations of human observation and intellect have been what makes the rest of the animal kingdom’s behavior obscure to us—NOT that their lives are featureless and simplistic. Mark Twain said this of our denial—“it is just like man’s vanity and impertinence to call a animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions”
    Carl Safina’s well researched book “Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel” is one of those pushing us to get over our prejudice in service to our stomachs and egos. From the review, below—
    I wanted to know what they were experiencing, and why to us they feel so compelling, and so-close. This time I allowed myself to ask them the question that for a scientist was forbidden fruit: Who are you?

    Weaving decades of field observations with exciting new discoveries about the brain, Carl Safina’s landmark book offers an intimate view of animal behavior to challenge the fixed boundary between humans and nonhuman animals. In Beyond Words, readers travel to Amboseli National Park in the threatened landscape of Kenya and witness struggling elephant families work out how to survive poaching and drought, then to Yellowstone National Park to observe wolves sort out the aftermath of one pack’s personal tragedy, and finally plunge into the astonishingly peaceful society of killer whales living in the crystalline waters of the Pacific Northwest.

    Beyond Words brings forth powerful and illuminating insight into the unique personalities of animals through extraordinary stories of animal joy, grief, jealousy, anger, and love. The similarity between human and nonhuman consciousness, self-awareness, and empathy calls us to re-evaluate how we interact with animals. Wise, passionate, and eye-opening at every turn, Beyond Words is ultimately a graceful examination of humanity’s place in the world.

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  2. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate for having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein do we 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 the extension 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, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth. ~ Henry Beston

    Thank you, R.T.

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  3. Indeed, humans are so hypocritical who put down animals just because they are somewhat different in outward form and expression. Don’t they realize that we are all the same in essence?! And that it is a punishable crime, a sin, to treat animals the way we do, with so little respect for who they are and what their true reason is for being here?!

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  4. “Life is life’s greatest gift.
    Guard the life of another creature as you would your own, because it is your own.
    On lifes scale of values, the smallest is no less precious to the creature who owns it than the largest—Lloyd Biggie Jr.


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