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“The Animals We Use,” Revised

As anyone who writes and edits knows, it's far easier to produce a longer powerful, thorough piece than a shorter one.

I intentionally deleted the entire section on the environment, I'm not dealing with the health benefits of not using animals, and meanwhile I wanted to present a logical progression of comments and questions that, for its perspective, was thorough. And all while remaining accurate with verbiage.

Thanks for the comments and suggestions. I did change some language as there were places were clarification was needed. But the essence is the same. Thorough is a tough concept, and I can't say I succeeded, but here's my best short(er) version.

I give you: the revised Thinking Critically About The Animals We Use.


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  1. Hello
    my name is ajay I an doing a debate about seal hunting shoud be banned and i am saying yes to the question if you could help me out and tell me if the population of seals decreasing or not and some personal opinions it would help me very much. Thank you.

    April 5, 2011
  2. Hi Ajay,
    I'm probably not the best person to ask, as I will always say that hunting should be banned, and the species of nonhuman doesn't matter to me. Hunting is hunting. Also, I'm not particularly knowledgeable about the seal situation. One of the reasons I became an animal rights activist in the mid-80s was because of the seal hunt, and it's 25 years later and the hunt doesn't seem to be getting banned anytime soon.
    You can research the hunt at Here's the page for the number of seals killed over the years:

    Make sure to use the navigation bar on the left (particularly "About the Hunt"), which has a lot of helpful information. Check out Myths and Facts, too.
    Hunting occurs because humans want to "manage" the numbers of animals (in this case, there's the number of cod as the rationale), or so they say, but also because there is money in it. Between licenses and selling the skins of the animals, hunting is basically a business.

    April 6, 2011

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