Its time to reevaluate our relationship with animals Lesli Bisgould at TEDxUofT

MUSIC PLAYING I want to begin by making two statements, one at a time. And I’m going to ask you all, if you don’t mind, to raise your hand if you agree. So here’s the first one. Ready? Animals should be treated humanely.

I can barely see, but it looks like lots of hands going up. OK, thanks. You can put your hands down. Here is the second one. Animals should not be made to suffer unnecessarily. Thank you. Seems like most people agree. And I would bet that if I ventured outside and put.

Those statements to passersby, I would likely find that most people out there agree, too. It’s not really surprising, is it? More than half of the households in North America have companion animals, and most of us are very upset when we hear the occasional story in the news about some horrible act that’s been done.

To a dog or a cat or other animal. And the law codifies this perspective, which is to say that virtually every jurisdiction in North America has laws that say animals should be treated humanely. Animals should not be made to suffer unnecessarily. And those laws are useless. They do nothing, and they in no way.

Protect animals from humancaused suffering in any meaningful way, I should say. So I thought I would talk about is why that’s the case and why it’s time to reevaluate our relationship with other animals and the emerging field of animal rights law that is doing just that. So let’s say that I wasn’t really here because I cared about doing this talk.

But because my child has a heart problem and is in need of a transplant to save her life. And I wanted access to a large group of people whom I could discreetly look over while I was doing this talk to see who among you looks nice and healthy and strong. And when this event ends, I were to kidnap one of you, whisk you away to a secret surgery.

Where I could remove your heart to be donated to my child. It’s noting personal. You all seem very nice, but I don’t love you as much as I love my child, and your heart is necessary for her survival. Would that be morally or legally justifiable? Certainly not. Well, you’re using your heart.

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