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Belief on the Right Side of History

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Most people think a concern for animals is limited to liberals. But this isn’t necessarily the case. Many leafleters report they were received more openly at places like Brigham Young and the University of Oklahoma than Berkeley or the University of Colorado in Boulder. I am a good example as well. I was raised in a religious family and went to religious schools all the way through high school. I read Ayn Rand and considered myself a “neo-con.” Three events changed my outlook. The first...

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The Roadmap to Animal Liberation

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A talk in Los Angeles by Matt Ball, November, 2014 Perhaps the single line most animal advocates would agree on is: “We want animal liberation.” But exactly what does this mean? Why? The first question – Why – is the easiest to answer and the hardest to face. I assume we don’t have to go into detail. We all know non-human animals suffer absolutely horrific brutality in numbers that completely dwarf the human population of the earth. We could spend all day watching sickening footage of animals...

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Big Numbers Hurt Animals

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This Psychology Today article discusses the dynamics in detail; excerpt: “Mother Teresa once said, ‘If I look at the mass I will never act.’ When Stalin and Mother Teresa agree on a point, I sit up and pay attention. It turns out that the human tendency to turn away from mass suffering is well documented. Deborah Small and Paul Slovic have termed this phenomenon the collapse of compassion. It’s not simply that as the number of victims goes up, people’s sympathy levels off. No, when the numbers go up,...

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