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One of our readers asked us about this issue:
I understand that the rule in the animal world is: eat or be eaten. But I can’t understand why a cat “plays” for fun with a mouse before he kills the mouse. That seems so (unnecessarily) cruel.

We’ve written about animals a few times in the past. This post is a bit different from those earlier ones.

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You’re imposing upon animals human characteristics. Animals, wild or domestic, never hold cruel intentions.Read more

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When man learns to respect even the smallest being of creation…nobody has to teach him to love his fellow man. Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character…. ~ Albert Schweitzer, M.D.

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One of my greatest heroes is Dr. Albert Schweitzer. I sometimes wonder what he would think about the state of our world today. His admonition to celebrate and respect all life seems to fall on deaf ears these days.

I know animal welfare can be a controversial subject, especially when it comes to being a meat-eater or a vegetarian.Read more

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An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language. ~ Martin Buber, Jewish Philosopher

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About sunrise this morning, I was out for my daily exercise run. At the edge of our small town, I spotted 3 does (female deer) just ahead of me. As I approached them (they’re not afraid of humans, since they’re legally protected from hunters), a big buck (male deer) from seemingly out of nowhere, aggressively charged the does.

The biggest doe turned abruptly and stared at the buck, then charged him!Read more

The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity. ~ Leo Tolstoy

Recently, I read an amazing and heart-warming story of an Alaskan husky. You don’t have to be a dog-lover to appreciate this dog’s dedication to service.

Amelia Milling, a 21-year-old deaf student, was on a three-day solo trek in the Alaskan wilderness. She took a brutal 600-foot fall. When she finally came to a crashing halt, she was dazed and bleeding. At that moment, Nanook, an Alaskan husky appeared seemingly out of nowhere.Read more

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The more we learn of the true nature of non-human animals, especially those with complex brains and corresponding social behavior, the more ethical concerns are raised regarding their use in the service of man—whether this be in entertainment, as “pets,” for food, in research laboratories, or any other uses to which we subject them. ~ Jane Goodall, British anthropologist

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I realize the topic of animal welfare is often a contentious and confusing one. There are various aspects to consider, as Jane Goodall clearly states above.Read more