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PostPosted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 2:10 pm 
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Today, together with a growing appreciation of the importance of human rights there is a greater awareness worldwide of the need for the protection not only of the environment, but also of animals and their rights. Where there is a mind, there are feelings such as pain, pleasure and joy. No sentient being wants pain, instead all want happiness. Since we all share these feelings at some basic level, we as rational human beings have an obligation to contribute in whatever way we can to the happiness of other species and try our best to relieve their fears and sufferings.

♥ His Holiness the Dalai Lama ♥


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 5:41 pm 
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Agree 100%.

The idea animals are not like us and are only to serve at our pleasure and need is a theist invention of particular forms of theism, currently very popular in certain areas of the globe.

That idea is patently absurd and can not be rationally substantiated.

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