ELEPHANTS AND ALL HORNED ANIMALS NEED THE PROTECTION OF HUMANS
Humans and Animals June 27, 2018
Scapegoat...Webster defines it as follows...a person or thing bearing the blame for others.
After much thought and discussion, VSA has decided to make a public statement about the recent comparisons in the media of animals to people who do bad things.We have heard the American President make such comparisons as well as a prominent NBC news anchor; who both found no wrong with the use of that comparison. The President has continued to label ‘bad people’ as animals and recently in a television interview about migrants, the President of the University of Notre Dame made the statement that "people should not be treated like animals". When important members of society use language in this way, we think it is time to offer our opinion on what we feel is an incorrect and uninformed way to convey an important message. We believe that these statements about animals have a deleterious impact on all animals and set the stage for legitimizing or encouraging inhumane treatment. VSA feels it is time to speak out about these inappropriate comparisons of animals to people. We hope with your help to work to change the way language is used when referring to animals. Since it is well established that language shapes the way humans think and perceive the world, we ask you to think about the many ways you have heard individuals compare people with undesirable human traits to animals and whether using language in this way harms animals and can have an impact on the way we treat them. Those of us who care about giving the animals who co-habit our world a better chance at life, respectfully ask that you consider this viewpoint. The current unfortunate migrant situation can become a teaching moment.
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