“Judith had joined the ranks of ex-vegetarians, a club that outnumbers current vegetarians in the United States by a ratio of three to one…”
“A report by the American Animal Hostpial Association found that 40% of women they surveyed said they got more affection from their dogs than from their husbands or children…”
“The debate over the moral status of animals has become such a divisive social issue that FBI officials have called radical animals rights activism America’s greatest domestic terrorism threat…”
“In 1933, the German government enacted the world’s most comprehensive animal protection legislation…This was only the first in a series of Nazi animal protection acts. In 1936, for example, the German government dictated that fish had to be anesthetized before slaughter and that lobster in restaurants had to be killed swiftly…”
“In one of history’s great ironies, the Nazis followed the legal procedures governing humane slaughter when they euthanized thousands of Jewish pets. But, unlike their dogs and cats, Jews were not covered under German humane slaughter legislation…”
“We now spend more on our pets than we do on movies, video games and movies combined…The estimated lifetime cost of pet ownership is about $8,000 for a medium size dog and $10,000 for a cat (that’s because cats live longer)…”
“Three times as many women as men get caught up in animal hoarding…The Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium, an interdisciplinary group of researchers led by Gary Patronek estimates that up to 2,000 cases of hoarding involving 200,000 animals are reported in the United States each year…”
“The Austrian monk Gregor Mendel bred mice for his first tentative foray into genetics, only shifting to garden peas after his bishop deemed it unseemly for a man of God to share his living quarters with copulating animals…”.
.Apparently, after some genetic tinkering, not all lab mice are useful for experimentation:
.“Then there are the mice that just don’t fit in – obsessive-compulsive, chronically depressed, addiction-prone, hyperactive, and schizophrenic mice…”
“For a couple of months [in 1966], Congress received more mail about animal rights than about the two great moral issues of the time, the war in Vietnam and civil rights…”
“…a phenomenon that the University of Oregon cognitive psychologist Paul Slovic calls ‘psychic numbing’ – the larger the tragedy, the less people seem to care. For instance, individuals say they will donate twice as much to save one sick child as they will to save a group of eight sick children..”
“A comparative psychologist from the University of California at Davis named Bill Mason systematically studied attachments between members of different species by raising young rhesus monkeys with adult dogs. Within a few hours after being introduced, the monkey-dog couples became intensely attached. After a couple of months, each monkey was given a choice between playing with its dog, a strange dog, or another monkey. They chose their dogs. They had become friends…”
Animal hoarding, human illogicality, schizophrenic mice: what a treasure trove this book turned out to be!