August 28, 2006

A Typo is Worth 1000 Words

From the last line in today's Chronicle story about UCLA's response to the animal rights terrorist group in their midst:

A spokesman for the university said on Sunday that the primate and other animal research conducted at the university was tightly regulated by state, federal, and university officials.

"UCLA takes very seriously the human treatment of animals," the spokesman said. (emphasis added)

Yes. And that does seem to be part of the problem, doesn't it. Because it's only after a bomb doesn't go off that UCLA decides to "explore" legal avenues against crazy idiots who are USING UCLA's NAME while trying to kill people. I'm sure the ALF is quaking in fear. Quaking!

Animals aren't people, no matter how much we anthropomorphize them. If my beloved feline were the size of a tiger, she would have no moral qualms about devouring my entire family, no matter how loving we were to her. See Treadwell, Timothy, for further clarification on this score, as well as for an explanation of what eventually happens to folks who over-identify with animals and who forget that nature is "red in tooth and claw."

See also 28 Days Later for a fun exploration of the role of animal rights activists in the apocalypse.

Posted by Big Arm Woman at August 28, 2006 09:58 AM

Wm. Koehler (_The Koehler Method of Dog Training_) gets results by taking dogs as moral beings, entitled to the consequences of their actions, in short. This would be unremarkable except that it works, like it would on kids if you were allowed to use it.

Read the essays on Washoe and ``How To Say Fetch!'' in Vicki Hearne _Adam's Task_ ; also the introduction for what's wrong with teaching psych 101 students that the mother kitten doesn't love her kittens, but exhibits licking behavior.

The reascendency of kennel over the academy. She had noticed that animal trainers do not talk like psychology professors.

My father for philosophical reasons would not allow that dogs understood stuff, but were mostly just ways of getting dirt into the house. One year on temporary assignment in NJ I stayed with them, and my Doberman Vicki (Koehler trained, by the way) with us.

Susie one day sat by the dinner table and looked in that way dogs do at my father's eating, wanting if it's not too much trouble, some bit of it. A clear message.

My father had to communicate with the dog. A crisis. So, he said, ``Ixnay.''

Picking pig latin so he would not be understood. Of course she understood anyway.

So for a moment, my father was a psych 101 student.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at August 28, 2006 03:32 PM


Name slip.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at August 28, 2006 03:35 PM

I have a theory that Ron and Spurwing Plover (read the comments by Sortelli) are the same guy.

Posted by: John at August 30, 2006 11:12 AM

"Animals aren't human." Yes, for mice and so on. But check out this image:

before saying that about the higher primates.

Posted by: PersonFromPorlock at August 30, 2006 06:58 PM