Placing Animals

“Where, how, and why do we have the relationships that we do with different animals? Why are some animals food and some animals pets? Why are some animals both? Do we have obligations to other species? Do some animals matter more than others?”

She begins the book with asking these questions. In some situations we have these relationships simply because it’s “natural” it’s apart of our history. As a child I ate the food which my parents provided and that always included meat. Now that I’m older and have more of a choice of what I eat, I chose to reframe from eating red meat as I work my way towards becoming a vegetarian. Most people choose to ignore the suffering animals go through for our consumption. Those people believe some animals matter more than others. It’s extremely difficult to change peoples views on this topic specifically, it doesn’t happen over night, but it is possible.

“Animals that are used for biomedical research are seen as enough like humans to be experimented upon yet different enough from humans that they are outside of research constructs that claim it is unethical to experiment on humans.”

This is a really good point that I have never really thought about. This makes for a good argument against animal experimentation.

“man advances materially and ultimately in his civilization by breaking into the stores wealth of the world’s natural ecological climaxes.”

This quote relates heavily to the idea that humans take advantage tremendously because we are at the top of the food chain.

Current Event

Scientists engineer sugarcane to produce biodiesel, more sugar for ethanol.

A multi-institutional team led by the University of Illinois have proven sugarcane can be genetically engineered to produce oil in its leaves and stems for biodiesel production. Surprisingly, the modified sugarcane plants also produced more sugar, which could be used for ethanol production.

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