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The Most Dangerous Idea in the World: Non Violence

by Ruth Eisenbud

ISRAEL: VIVISECTION MONKEY BREEDING FARM / INDIA: BANS EXPORT OF MONKEYS

The sender of the enclosed Alert notes: "In the 21st century, this is a reprehensible and abhorent betrayal of everything that a civilized country must stand for. It is a barbaric and exploitive use of the most vulnerable and innocent of creatures. There can be no justification for such abuse and cruelty. This must end!"

Yet the abuse is often justified: the justification often given for the horrors inflicted on animals has its roots in the judeo.christian tradition, in the definition of dominion:

In the Torah, humanity is given dominion over animals (Gen. 1:26), which gives us the right to use animals for legitimate needs. Animal flesh can be consumed for food; animal skins can be used for clothing." Prof Richard Schwartz

The alert with information on the Monkey breeking farm in 'Moshav Mazor' Israel requests that a petition be sent to the Minister of Enviornmental Protection. By all means sign the petition, but understand that it will do little to halt the breeding of monkeys in Israel, as the biblical mandate which puts the interests of humans above animals is a guiding principle for those involved in harming animals. While we speak of the harm done to the monkeys, they speak of the alledged good done to humans and so our words fall on hearts numbed by dominion

Tweny five hundred years ago in India the concept of Ahimsa was introduced to the population by the Jain religion: non-violence for ALL beings. To this day due to the influence of this concept, sometimes described as the most dangerous idea in the world, as it threatens the hegemony of those who justify the use of violence for their own ends.

The twenty first century in India has seen the implementation of extensive animal protection legislation most notably, as it relates to increasing abuse in laboratories in Israel, is the great decrease in the use of animals in the state of Gujarat. In India monkeys roam freely and mingle with the human population, where for the most part they are unharmed. Not only are there no monkey breeding farms, India has banned their export of its indigenous monkey population to laboratories abroad on the grounds that they would be subjected to abuse:

"Monkey Export Banned by India: In 1977, the Rt Hon’ble Muriel, Lady Dowding, the founder of the BWC movement, met the then Prime Minister Mr Morarji Desai in New Delhi and requested him to ban the export of monkeys as they were being subjected to intense cruelty in American and other foreign research laboratories." Beauty Without Cruelty

The protection of monkeys in India is a direct result of the belief that man does not have dominion over the animals, rather that all beings exist to be mutually beneficial to each other.

Very little progress towards ending animal suffering will be made in the west until we address the religious leaders who make it all possible by lending an air of respectability to cruelty and abuse. Their invocation of dominion to justify every manner of animal exploitation in the name of religion is a strong message that can only be countered directly both by presenting alternate religious views and in the secular realm with scientific information. Until those who propagate this message come to understand that the abuse they so piously advocate is intolerable our pleas for mercy and compassion will fall on deaf ears.

The following are email addresses for Rabbis, with the proper salutation. Please write and urge them to call for an end to the Monkey Breeding Farm in 'Moshav Mazor' Israel:

Chief Rabbi of Britain, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Rabbi Shlomo Hochberg, President, Rabbinical Council of America, Rabbi David Toledano, Rabbi Gordon Tucker, Rabbi Yosef Greenberg, Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, Rabbis Basil Herring, Shlomo Hochberg, Barry Kornblau, Michael Zylberman, Shalom Carmy and Shoshana Katz, Shaul Hen, Dov Levine and members of UJA:

info@chiefrabbi.org; office@rabbis.org; info@desiretoshare.com; Info@TempleIsraelCenter.org; rabbijulie.gordon@ttsp.org; sara.lynn.newberger@ttsp.org; execvp@rabbis.org; s.hochberg@rabbis.org; bkornblau@rabbis.org; mzylberman@rabbis.org; shaul@rabbis.org; dlevine@rabbis.org; traditioneditor@rabbis.org; matlinb@ujafedny.org; bronsteinl@ujafedny.org; donorcenter@ujafedny.org; eisingerv@ujafedny.org; resourceline@ujafedny.org; jacobsa@ujafedny.org; gellerl@ujafedny.org; jrubinstein@rubenstein.com; kohns@ujafedny.org; solowayr@ujafedny.org; contact@ujafedny.org; israeloffice@ujafedny.ujc.org.il; ujali@ujafedny.org; ujawestchester@ujafedny.org

In addition please contact your own rabbi, minister or priest and request that they speak out against the exploitation of living beings in the name of religion in Mazor Israel.

Ruth Eisenbud


The Alert follows:

Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 00:39:42 -0500
From: zpenzel@nyc.rr.com
Subject: ISRAEL, VIVISECTION MONKEY BREEDING FARM - please sign petition to Minister of Environmental Protection //New website for Street Dogs of Nepal. Please click it and add to your links
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ISRAEL, VIVISECTION MONKEY BREEDING FARM - please sign petition to Minister of Environmental Protection.

In the 21st century, this is a reprehensible and abhorrent betrayal of everything that a civilized country must stand for. It is a barbaric and exploitive use of the most vulnerable and innocent of creatures. There can be no justification for such abuse and cruelty. This must end!

ISRAEL, VIVISECTION : MONKEY BREEDING FARM - please sign petition to Minister of Environmental Protection


Link to the petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/we-must-close-mazor-farm

WE MUST CLOSE MAZOR FARM!

Target:
ISRAEL Ministry of Environmental Protection Mr Gilad Erdan
Sponsored by:
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