Here, from his The Animal Manifesto: Six Reasons for Expanding Our Compassion Footprint – a brief excerpt:
If animals can think and feel, what do they think and feel about the ways humans treat them? What would they say to us, and what would they ask of us, if they could speak a human language? Here is what I believe their manifesto would consist of:
- All animals share the Earth and we must coexist.
- Animals think and feel.
- Animals have and deserve compassion.
- Connection breeds caring, alienation breeds disrespect.
- Our world is not compassionate to animals.
- Acting compassionately helps all beings and our world.
- Compassion for animals may sound radical, but…. – about the book
- Interview with Marc Bekoff in which the interviewers note “One reason Marc is attracting an ever-growing audience is that he’s a flat-out nice guy. His goal is to win people over with the pure good-hearted logic of his scientific and ethical positions.” I’ve met him, and concur wholeheartedly.
Hence, it is with similarly wholehearted delight that I nominate Marc Defender of the Playful.