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Animal Lives Matter

March 4, 2016

OBITS-cover3Are human lives more “important”, valuable, or fulfilling than animal lives?  Are animals less conscious or aware than humans? I don’t think so. I don’t see how anyone who has really gotten close to an animal and seen things from his or her perspective can believe that.

But how do we measure the worth and value of an animal life? It occurred to me that a crude method might be the same one we apply (inadequately) to human lives – the obituary.  Rather than generalize about animal behavior and experience, why not consider the life stories of individual animals?

So here it is: a collection of fact-based obituaries for thirty animals of various kinds, with portrait drawings for most.

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