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Non-Human Animals: Crash Course Philosophy #42

I admit that the connection I’m trying to make here, in order to justify the inclusion of this YouTube video in a Studio blog post, is pretty tenuous. But much of my art and many of my creative endeavors are influenced by my philosophy of how to treat others – both human and non-human animals.  One critique of proponents of animal protection that really gets my dander right up is that people who are speaking out for animals have no regard for human problems such as homelessness and hunger. That is simply not true. Everyone has passions and causes that they fight for, but it doesn’t mean they don’t have regard for other worthy causes.

This video is important to me because, in less than 10 minutes, it summarizes the philosophy that changed my life over 30 years ago. The work of Peter Singer inspired my husband, and then me, to adopt a cruelty-free lifestyle. So I’m not posting this proselytize (well, maybe a little), but to let PBS explain to anyone who is interested, why my family and I have made the choice to not exploit animals.

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