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Friday, November 22, 2013
1:31 pm est
I am seriously considering going vegan this holiday season. Especially
after reading Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures by Virginia Morell. It is an eye-opener that makes
you look at other animals in a whole different light. And, to be honest, after reading it, I don't think I could face a roasted
carcass coming out of my oven when I know that its owner was once a sentient being.
I know this sounds harsh, but the truth
besides ourselves—insects, birds, fish, marine mammals, dogs, cats, wolves, elephants, and even alligators—as
the title suggests, do have thoughts and feelings. Yes, folks, they think
and reason, remember things, Most are self-aware and many even plan for the future. Just like we do. I know this is true from
the studies Morelli relates in her book and by the way my cherished pets communicate with me, both verbally and non-verbally.
inter-action, especially non-verbally, is called neural connecting, especially when animals sense and react to emotions and
feelings in each other. When FrankieB looks soulfully into my eyes, I know he is thinking about, sensing how I feel. And I
can readily pick up on his feelings, too. When I am down with a cold, my savvy cat is cuddled up right next to me, purring
away, comforting me. I can sense his worry and concern. I have a strong emotional, familial bond with my animal companions
that cannot be severed. It's called love.
The upshot of this is that we should be cognizant of the needs of other
animals, both wild and domesticated, and treat them with the same honor and respect we give to fellow human beings. It's time
we stopped being cruel to our co-inhabitants of this "third rock" from the sun. It's time we stopped using them
for our own aggrandizement and consider how they feel when we needlessly harm and slaughter them. It's time we stopped to
think about what we are unmindfully doing to our environment and how it affects all animals, including ourselves.
I don't have the right words to say this empathetically enough, but Morell does.
Please jog on over to www.authorexposure.com and read my review of Animal Wise. Then read the book.
It just might persuade you, as it did me, to try to figure out a way to help make this world
a gentler, kinder place to live.
J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is
an author, poet, and librettist. Her currently published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations,
volumes of poetry, stories
for children (of all ages) and
a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Phoenix Hose, Hook & Ladder: A Novel of Phoenixville during World War I
Hotel: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
the Schuylkill Monster: A Novel of
Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville during World
Rainbow in the Sky
of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A
Collection of More Spiritual Poems
We Three Kings
Beauty and the Beast
Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding
Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She
is currently working on her sixth novel.