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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review August 1, 2013 / 25 Menachem-Av, 5773

Are Pigs Smarter Than Dogs? And Should We Care?

By Danny Tyree





http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | My son Gideon, age nine, is hog wild about the classic CBS sitcom "Green Acres," which counts the super-intelligent pig Arnold Ziffel among its characters.

So I couldn't resist the recent Associated Press headline "Pigs Smart As Dogs? Activists Pose The Question."

The article is about The Someone Project, which is coordinated by Farm Sanctuary, an animal-protection and vegan-advocacy organization. The Someone Project wants us to realize that farm animals are more intelligent and emotionally complex than we thought, develop more empathy for those animals and ponder questions such as "Why do I casually eat beef, pork, poultry and mutton when I wouldn't dream of eating cats, dogs, horses or primates such as apes?"

Confession time. Yes, the distinctions that cultures make about which species are appropriate for food and which are appropriate for pets are arbitrary, illogical, inconsistent and unfair. But look at the bigger picture. If society didn't have things that were arbitrary, illogical, inconsistent and unfair, we would have an excess of observational humorists roaming around with nothing to do.

We would have to shut down the observational humorist mills and euthanize most of the remaining population. ("J'ever notice guys in white coats coming at you with hypodermic needles? I mean, what's up with that? OUCH!!")

I understand the agenda of The Someone Project, but I don't know if I would be stressing how "intellectual" and "sensitive" farm critters are. That didn't work so well in high school. Look for an explosion of barnyard wedgies and swirlies.

I'm glad the Someone Project folks are taking a realistic approach of incremental attitude change instead of expecting a nationwide epiphany. Most of us come from a background in which our forefathers, our heroes and our sacred texts accepted exploitation of animals for sacrifice, food, clothing and transportation. You can't undo that conditioning overnight with observations such as, "But they look so cuuuute when they buddy up figuring out a maze."

Activists stress that they want to foster a general awareness of the cognitive abilities of animals, rather than getting bogged down in ranking them by I.Q. (Some of the animals themselves, however, are obsessed with bragging rights. One pig insists, "A pig would get an injunction against Timmy going near wells. A pig would know that the Red Baron died in 1918." To which a dog replied, "A dog would know to hire Don Draper instead of a &^%$# SPIDER to run a promotional campaign!")

So, basically, they want to give EVERYONE a gold star and a ribbon that says "Plays well with others." Well, everyone except the chickens, who will peck another chicken to death if they see blood.

The Someone Project would do well to stay focused on the animals that exhibit the most human-like qualities. They must resist the calls from the fringe elements to advocate policies such as "a living-nine-days wage" for fruit flies and a "hang over your ground" gun rights bill for tree sloths.

Let's hear from all sides. Then each person must decide with his own conscience whether to continue "full steam ahead" as a carnivore, insist on humane conditions for the animals he does consume or go completely vegan.

I look forward to the ongoing debate. Th-th-th-that's NOT all, folks.

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Controversial author Harlan Ellison once described the work of Mr. Tyree as "wonkily extrapolative" and said his mind "works like a demented cuckoo clock." Tyree generated a particular buzz on the Internet with his column spoofing real-life Christian nudist camps. A lifelong small-town southerner, he graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications.



Previously:


America, Let's Be #1 At Corruption

Free College Tuition? Read The Fine Print

Independence Day: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Typos

Let's Have More Wrist Slap Punishments

Father's Day: Can It Survive?

© 2013, Danny Tyree

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