29 March 2014

What Do Zoos Teach Us?

Zoos and public education
Zoos and Public Education
Zoos teach us that: It is all right to cage animals if we justify it with an excuse (eg “we need them for conservation, research, public education…”). Animals exist for humans and not as individuals who manage their own lives. Humans are superior to animals because we control them.

How Does Painism Help Us?

Painism and Utilitarianism
Pain, Painism and Utilitarianism
Painism is a guide to moral action and states that: PAIN is all forms of suffering; THE CAPACITY to feel pain is the only morally relevant interest; MORAL ACTION is based on abating the pain of individuals who suffer the most; INDIVIDUALS feeling the same amount of pain get equal consideration whatever their species;  PAINISM is universal ie applies to every creature everywhere at all times in every situation. Richard D Ryder devised painism so as not to make a minority suffer for the sake of a majority, as in the moral theory utilitarianism.

28 March 2014

How to Understand Animals?

How Can We Understand Animal Thoughts?
Animal Cognition
Understand animals' cognition. Thinking non-verbally is a start. A false belief is that without language animals cannot think. But how do people think who are deaf from birth and never hear a word? Do it this way. Check the stream of words always flowing through your head by repeating a short pattern like ‘one, two, three’ or a short musical phrase. Now explore your non spoken thoughts. Be aware of stimuli, emotions, and ideas. You are now thinking like an animal. IWell done! Master the art. t’s DIFFICULT but keep going

25 March 2014

How Can You Resolve a Moral Issue?

How Can You Resolve a Moral Issue?
Moral Issues
How Can You Resolve a Moral Issue? A worthy moral ruling depends on your nature and the facts of the case. Chose one of these concepts. CONSEQUENTIALISM Consider only the outcome good when dealing with large numbers. Like save a majority at the expense of a minority. DEONTOLOGY Do your duty as you see it and ignore the consequences. Good for dealing with conflicting obligations. VIRTUE THEORY Act as a virtuous person would act. Good for dealing with personal decisions. Alternatively, if any mix of these support your proposed moral ruling then you might be on a better moral track.

24 March 2014

What Every Animal Campaigner Should Know 2

What Every Animal Campaigner Should Know
Campaigning for Animals Part 2
What Every Animal Campaigner Should Know. Essential Campaigning Tips. Part Two.  Do not assume your foes are depraved; put yourself in their position; what will move them for you to win? Only make accurate claims, then people will trust and listen to you. Attack inflexible obstacles indirectly; for instance, go for their support base. Build on your reputation; a success history enables you to take on more campaigns. Keep in touch with reality; take off into a world of fantasy and you will get lost.

What Every Animal Campaigner Should Know. Part 1

What Every Animal Campaigner Should Know
Campaigning tips
What Every Animal Campaigner Should Know.  Essential Campaigning Tips. Part One.  Be precise about your campaign; pen and save it, or it may alter and you will lose your way. Break down goals into doable chunks; each completed chunk is an achievement for moral and credibility. Get your facts right; you must convince people your campaign is authentic. Sell yourself to the media; it is a free way to tell people your campaign exists. Aim for a weekly dose of success; they are solid stepping stones to keep you going.