“The Nazis conducted horrific experiments on children (I have seen footage so upsetting it can’t be shown on TV) but at the same time they banned medical experiments on animals.”
Aghast at hearing about hunters clubbing baby harp seals, my parents bought me a realistic-looking baby harp seal doll that I loved with its plush silver-white fur and winsome dark eyes, whose funds were donated to an organization that saved baby harp seals.
I also yearned to be a veterinarian and often played veterinarian on my stuffed animals.
Yet despite my great love for animals as a child, it always bothered me that animal rights activists invested so much in saving whales and the like when human suffering was so common and so obvious.
And while they always defend their priorities by saying that species extinction affects people and acting as if without their efforts, there won’t be a world for people to live in, the truth is that the disappearance of, say, the dodo bird did no damage to the human race.
Of course if all the bees really did die out, that would have terrible global ramifications on our food supply. Some species are vital for human life.
Judaism holds that the life of a child with Downs syndrome and missing arms and legs is STILL more important than that of a healthy stallion or an endangered species.
But the Nazis held a completely distorted view.
Today, many people value animals more than people. PETA is a particularly repellent example of this, expressing sorrow over terrorist use of a donkey to kill Jews, but not over the Jews meant to be killed. (Baruch Hashem, the explosives detonated before the donkey reached its target.) Or comparing crated chickens to death camp inmates.
I'll just leave you with two quotes from the Nazi era regarding the treatment of animals and you can compare this attitude toward that of animal rights activists (and even some pet owners) today.
[Quotes courtesy of World Future Fund: Animal Protection]
-- Hermann Goering [may his name be erased], August 1933
Source: Hermann Goering, The Political Testament of Hermann Goering. Tr. H.W. Blood Hermann (London: John Lang, 1939), pp. 70f.
To think that people could conjure such sensitivity toward animals and then create Auschwitz where they did all the above to actual people, including children and babies, proves that animal lovers don’t necessarily equal compassionate or moral people.
Here is a sample:
“It is forbidden to use an animal unnecessarily for what clearly exceeds its powers or causes it appreciable pain…to use a fragile, ill, overworked or old animal for which further life is a torment…to set or test the power of dogs on cats, foxes, and other animals…to perform a painful operation on an animal in an unprofessional manner or without anesthesia…”