Author: Gary Wellings from Canada
18 November 2014
Richard D. Ryder coined the term in 1970, and the argument that it is simply a prejudice, first appeared in 1970 in a privately printed pamphlet written by British psychologist Richard D. Ryder.
Director Mark Devries presented a superb,factual account of the prejudice in society against animals,opening the eyes of children today. An awareness of the mistreatment of animals in the movie,will hopefully bring about a new era.
The message was clear,concise and thought provoking. I now look at all animals in a different light. Lack of rationality, language ability, social connections — also applies to some humans. Yet we don’t use those things to measure the worth of humans. Adult humans who can reason, infants, the cognitively disabled and orphans are all considered equally valuable. The reason we try not to harm other humans is because they can feel and suffer.
If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected.