"In the eyes of a child, you will see the world as it should be." Nobody is born cruel. Human beings are naturally compassionate and kind-hearted. But we've inherited a way of thinking and eating without even realising it. We have been raised into a society that has normalised the slaughter and consumption of highly intelligent animals — animals who are capable of experiencing fear and suffering — often in horrific ways. The good news? Recognising this gives us the freedom to make choices about what (or who) we eat that are true to our values as compassionate human beings. When we look at animals through our own eyes, rather than the lens of inherited thinking it becomes easier to appreciate cows, sheep, chickens, fish and pigs for the unique and sensitive individuals that they are. Scientists now know that cows have best friends; that sheep can learn to respond to their own name; that chickens exhibit cognitive abilities beyond that of young children; fish experience a range of emotions, including playfulness; and that pigs show empathy and can play computer games designed for chimpanzees.
We all hope to do something meaningful and memorable in our lives — what we often don’t realise is that the opportunity is always at hand. We can create a kinder, more caring society by widening our circle of compassion to those who we have been taught to think of as 'food', rather than as thinking, feeling individuals. Freeing our thinking and allowing our eyes to look at animals through the lens of compassion will free them from cycles of suffering that they have been trapped in for generations.
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