Why animal rights?

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Newborn (by Yannis Charatsidis)

Newborn (by Yannis Charatsidis)

“The question is not ‘Can they reason?’ nor ‘Can they talk?’ but ‘Can they suffer?'”
– Jeremy Bentham

Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. Many of us bought our beloved “pets” at pet shops. We had guinea pigs and kept beautiful birds in cages. We wore wool and silk, ate McDonald’s burgers, and even fished. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question “Why should animals have rights?”

In his book Animal Liberation, Peter Singer states that the basic principle of equality does not require equal or identical treatment; it requires equal consideration. This is an important distinction when talking about animal rights. People often ask if animals should have rights, and quite simply, the answer is “Yes!” Animals surely deserve to live their lives free from suffering and exploitation. Jeremy Bentham, the founder of the reforming utilitarian school of moral philosophy, stated that when deciding on a being’s rights, “The question is not ‘Can they reason?’ nor ‘Can they talk?’ but ‘Can they suffer?'” In that passage, Bentham points to the capacity for suffering as the vital characteristic that gives a being the right to equal consideration. The capacity for suffering is not just another characteristic, like the capacity for language or higher mathematics. All animals have the ability to suffer in the same way and to the same degree that humans do. They feel pain, pleasure, fear, frustration, loneliness, and love. Whenever we consider doing something that would interfere with their needs, we are morally obligated to take those needs into account.

Supporters of animal rights believe that all animals have an inherent worth—a value completely separate from their usefulness to humans. We believe that every creature with a will to live has a right to live free from pain and suffering. Animal rights is not just a philosophy—it is a social movement that challenges society’s traditional view that all nonhuman animals exist solely for human use. As PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk has said, “When it comes to pain, love, joy, loneliness, and fear, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy. Each one values his or her life and fights the knife.”

Only prejudice allows us to deny others the rights that we expect to have for ourselves. Whether it’s based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or species, prejudice is morally unacceptable. If you wouldn’t eat a dog, why eat a pig? Dogs and pigs have the same capacity to feel pain, but it is prejudice based on species that allows us to think of one animal as a companion and the other as dinner.

[source: http://www.petaasiapacific.com/issues-animalrights.asp]
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Happy birthday to Cinda

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Happy birthday to Cinda

Happy birthday to Cinda

A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun, and today, the editor of juesatta, Cinda has started a new journey. It’s a special day for Cinda and the all of us.

Cinda is always a kind and faithful friend, someone who always cares about others more than herself. Not only does Cinda create laughter among us, rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.

Happy birthday to Cinda and hope all your birthday dreams and wishes come true. We’d also like to express our gratitute and thanks to Cinda for helping in juesatta. May you be happy always.

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地球村 - 马来西亚国庆节快乐

地球村 - 马来西亚国庆节快乐








这里有一条別名叫“Harmony Street”(和谐街)的街道,因为该街100米不到的距离间,並排了3座宗教场所:建於18世纪的古兴都庙,同样建於18世纪的回教堂,还有一座建於17世纪最古老的青云亭。不同宗教,种族,文化的人们,在这条街上和谐共存数百年,可见当时马六甲王朝之民风包容与宽厚。最为特殊的,要数该老回教堂了。因为在其屋簷下,还刻了相当显著的华人婚礼常用吉祥字“囍”,这验证了各族人民当时的宗教包容精神。市郊的一个老回教坟场,里头立有一座凉亭,亭內石碑刻有“蔡氏兄弟建於清朝宣统二年”的字样。

市內闹街与Hang Kasturi英雄墓隔邻的华人百年老庙;圣约翰山麓的华人古墓与回教老墓相依为伴了数百年,这些都证明了些甚么?我也还清楚记得儿时玩伴Abu,如何在其甘榜家中教会了我我星期一至星期天的马来文名词。





亲爱的朋友们,祝国庆节快乐。Selamat Hari Merdeka.

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Portrait photography – Anita

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Anita, the model at the Lisbon Hotel of Portuguese Settlement

Anita, the model at the Lisbon Hotel of Portuguese Settlement

Two weeks ago, I received a call from Anita, a good friend of Henry and Jaron. She was the model for a portraiture shooting on the next day, and invited me to join the session with another two photographers. Since it took place at Portuguese Settlement where near to my house, I’d decided to come round.

Anita, the model

Anita, the model

Next evening when arriving at Portuguese Settlement, I was surprise to see the other two photographers being Loo-Wei and Max, the two friends from photonian. Max is one of the founders and also the one who introduced me to group. He takes photography seriously but always willing to share his knowledge with others. He is probably one of the friendliest yet craziest guys I know from the group.

It had been quite some time since Max and I had a shooting together, therefore we were so excited. We began the shooting session with Anita at the jetty area then moved to the sea front of Lisbon Hotel. With the patience and tolerance of Anita, Max and I were trying on shots from different angles and settings. Sadly it was cloudy and sunset was hardly being seen. What we could get was the soft light of the cloudy sky instead the mixture of lighting from the sunset.

After an hour of shooting, it was getting darker when we had to stop. While walking our way through the Lisbon Hotel to the car park, we passed by a large patio with a beautiful fountain. The fountain is illuminated with lights and it just came to our thoughts to shoot with these lights. Besides, Anita was ready to get soaked. By blending the motion of water and natural lighting available, we got some nice shots. Spending a few minutes at the fountain, we then headed off.

After sharing some of the shots I took, Max gave me some comments which were valuable and constructive to me. I really enjoyed shooting with Max and definately looking forward for another outing with him. And many thanks to Anita too for inviting me and also being nice and patience throughout the whole session. Luckily she didn’t get sick after getting wet that evening.

May all beings be happy. Share some shots I took.

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我默默地读完这文章。在文章的结尾右下角注明了:这篇文章择选自2004年墨西哥 ,十一月号的《数字家庭》里面的其中一篇文章。我终于知道这片感人的篇章源自何方。

或许你们会告诉我,你们曾在网络或某某报纸上看过这篇文章。当我想表达的是,这文章不是我在网络或某某报纸上看到的而是来自 “他” ,亲手交给我看的。

昨 天(26.8.2010 )原本被kenn Wai 约CJ一同喝茶吹水去。但是,因为我的不舒服而取消了。难得得空在家我就陪爸爸坐在客厅看电视,顺道聊天。我们聊了最近的国内外新闻,聊着我的外甥女,聊着妈妈, 聊着……聊着……不知道怎样地,我们聊到了这主题 —— “当我老了”。

爸爸从他的百宝箱里拿出了一篇文章给我看(我也不知道他从哪得来并剪下收藏)。我双手接过那张纸,双眼一看,大大的标题入眼,写到 “当我老了”。噢,他要我这篇报道,好像别有一番用意。他还说这篇报道够意思,也很受用,为人子女的我们应该要看。给了我后,他就转身上楼去,留下我一人默读着。



或许,他(爸爸)要让身为子女的我们知道,妈妈与他已经步上老人的后尘,体力与视力也大不如前,听觉与敏捷能力也已衰退,他也许要我们在往后对他们俩老有耐心,或是渐渐接受他们已经是老人的事实。要我们多些时间陪伴他们,多些关怀他们。可能,他也想表达当他老时,面对很多老年的问题,希望我们多多体谅他们。就如文章里提到的: 当我需要你帮我洗澡时,请不要责备我。或,当我由于双脚疲劳而无法走动时,请伸出你年轻有力的手挽扶我。还有,当我一遍又一遍地重复你早已听腻的话语,请耐心地听我说,不要打断我。











注:星洲日报 – 星云九月征文






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爸妈在浮罗山背附近一个叫公巴(Teluk Kumbar)的小镇上交了30年的书,在这一带走动时常都会碰到自己的学生。开榴莲摊的、管榴莲山的、经营海鲜餐厅的,这些学生也都已经是五六十岁的阿伯阿婶了。爸爸兴致勃勃的走走停停,看到熟悉的榴莲摊就停下来聊天。谈到兴致,就说要上学生的榴莲山。我一夜没睡好,说真的要上山的意愿并不高,但是看到爸和妈兴高彩烈的样子,也不好扫他们的兴。




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