From the time immemorial, argues Wayne Pacelle, humans have bonded with animals. And it is in our DNA and our psyche to treasure and protect them. He lays out the case in his new book, The Bond. Pacelle will be reading from the book and signing copies at the Barnes and Noble Store on West Charleston tonight. He joins us to discuss why he thinks humans need to defend animals.
Thank you for this great interview. I'm a veganish animal welfare advocate, and I concur with Wayne's philosophy that everyone can do something to help animals. He is right in saying that it's not about animal welfare as much as it's about human responsibility. . .and it doesn't matter if we are vegetarians, flexitarians, vegans or Catholics! We EACH have an opportunity to do something that will help alleviate the suffering of other life forms. It's our moral duty.Annoula Wylderich –Jun 7, 2011 08:37:09 AM
Moby (second half): By what criteria can you justify denying basic rights to any living thing? Realize that by whatever criteria you employ someone could deny basic rights to you if they objected to your species, sexual preferences, color, religion, ideology, etc. Would you eat your housecat, or force a mentally retarded child to ingest oven cleaner? If not, then why is it ok to eat cows and test products on sentient animals? I believe that to knowingly commit actions that cause or condone suffering is reprehensible in the extreme. I call upon you to be compassionate and treat others as you want to be treated. If you don't want to be beaten, imprisoned, mutilated, killed, or tortured then you shouldn't condone such behavior towards anyone, be they human or not." -- Moby (American DJ, singer-songwriter, and musician)Roy Rendahl –Jun 3, 2011 10:04:38 AM
Thank you for this interview. I'm a vegetarian for animal rights, but I also feel more healthy, and it's way better for the environment too.
Please look at my favorite quote by Moby (first half):
"There are viable (and usually better) alternatives to the use of animals for food, sport, clothing, and experimentation. I beg you to discontinue any actions that might cause or condone animal torture, abuse, or destruction. If you look at the course of western history you'll see that we're slowly granting basic rights to everyone. A long time ago only kings had rights. Then rights were extended to property-owning white men. Then all men. Then women. Then children. Then the mentally retarded. Now we're agonizing over the extension of basic rights to homosexuals and animals. We need to finally accept that all sentient creatures are deserving of basic rights. I define basic rights as this: the ability to pursue life without having someone else's will involuntarily forced upon you. Or, as the framers of the constitution put it, the ability to have 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.' Roy Rendahl –Jun 3, 2011 10:03:34 AM