I am always amazed at the gratuitous cruelty that humans exercise with the animal kingdom. I am not a vegetarian (though I see nothing wrong with that choice), and I am not a member of PETA (they are well intentioned, but go just a little too far for me on certain issues), but I do support the need for humans to treat all animals humanely. To me that means if there is a time that humans actually need to use an animal such as for food, that the treatment of such animals be humane, not to inflict unnnecessary pain and psychological harm to such animals. I am also not for gratuitous killing of animals; that being for animal furs, leathers etc. I am dead set against other non-food purpose killing of animals such as for skins, tusks, aphrodiseacs (eg: tiger penises), so-called delicacies (eg: shark fin soup in which the fins of sharks are cut off ship side, and the shark is discarded into the sea to slowly die). These "uses" of animals are disgusting, hideously cruel, and arrogant. We, as human beings, are demeaned when we treat animals in this cruel and needless fashion.
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1/24/06 at 9:50am