Green County Sheriff Cruelty

The Green County Sheriff’s Department: a Department that Turns a Blind Eye to Animal Cruelty

On January 6th, 2014 complaints were filed against a Belleville resident who is accused of animal neglect and cruelty. In the beginning of January, neighbors reported that this resident left his dogs and two small ponies outside in  -40 degree windchills with no protection from the bitter cold other than a few barrels. At this point, the so-called pony “shelters” looked…

The Test of Vainness: Anthropocentrism, Mirrors, and the Human Obsession with the Self

In an attempt to demonstrate that certain nonhuman animals are “persons,” animal behaviorists and ethicists often point to the higher level cognitive capacities that nonhuman animals are said to possess, such as rationality, abstract thought, language ability, self-awareness, or the ability to act morally. Currently, there is significant debate regarding whether nonhuman animals have self-awareness.…