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In his words:
"It is absurd that when people behave badly they are described as behaving 'like animals'. Animals would never do the terrible things that people do. Animals kill to eat. But they don't kill for vengeance or for pride. They don't kill out of jealousy or spite. They kill for survival and they kill to defend their families. But they don't dress up and go hunting for fun. And they don't start wars. Compared to human beings animals are civilized, humane, generous and kindly."
"Animals are so good at finding and using natural remedies that many of man's most effective medicinal solutions were identified by observing animals.
........ Animals throughout the world use clay to deal with poisoning- clay detoxifies by binding onto the harmful substances. Humans could probably benefit too and clay pills might save many lives.
........ Fasting can help an infected animal get better quickly. Sick animals will (like human beings) stop eating. Bacteria need iron and the body reduces the availability of iron during an infection by not eating.
........ An ape will show exactly the same signs of love and affection when dealing with her baby as a human mother will when dealing with her baby. Both will look longingly, tickle and play with their baby."
"Animals deeds are their acts, their acts- their deeds.
Animals frequently make friends across the species barriers and there is much evidence showing that animals have helped animals belonging to different species.
-carers: it is well known that animals help people in a number of ways.
- they exhibit signs that precede, and therefore, predicts earthquakes and storms.
- they exhibit altruistic behavior: they can suffer, they can communicate and they can care.
Male alley cats let the weakest individuals in their colony- small female cats and their kittens- eat first. Male feral cats, although normally aggressive, recognize that the weaker females and the young kittens need to be given precedence in order to survive."
When was the last time you saw people caring for single mothers, orphans or old people in our society?
Against animal cruelty, Vernon Coleman tells us:
"Many diseases which kill or cripple human beings do not affect any other members of the animal kingdom. It is, therefore, impossible to use different species to test drug therapies for these illnesses."
"The following diseases are known to be commoner among meat eaters: anemia, appendicitis, arthritis, breast cancer, cancer of the colon, cancer of the prostate, constipation, diabetes, gallstones, gout, high blood pressure, indigestion, obesity, piles, strokes and varicose veins.
Meat contains absolutely nothing- no proteins, vitamins or minerals- that the human body cannot obtain perfectly happily from a vegetarian diet."
Pro-vegetarian views from Coleman:
"If we ate the plants we grow- instead of feeding them to animals- the world's food shortage would disappear virtually overnight. One hundred acres of land will produce enough beef for 20 people but enough wheat to feed 240 people."
"Half of the rainforests in the world have been destroyed to clear ground to graze cattle to make beefburgers. The burning of the forests contributes 20% of all greenhouse gazes. Roughly 1,000 species a year become extinct because of the destruction of the rain forests. Around 300 million acres of American rain forest have been cleared to grow cops to feed cattle so that people can eat meat."
"Approximately 60 million people a year die of starvation. All those lives could be saved if the starving people were allowed to eat just some of the grain used to fatten cattle and other farm animals. If Americans ate 10% less meat, world starvation would be a memory."
I used to think before reading this book that there's not much I could do to change the way the world was going on an individual basis. Now, I have to remember what Ghandi used to say: "The change you want to see in the world starts with you..."
It is useful to mention that Vernon Coleman has a scientific back ground to rely on and practiced medicine as a general practitioner for forty years. He also lived in a small village and bound society where the observation of animals was common place for survival and companionship.