Monday, October 21, 2002

"THE TEN TRUSTS"

The power to protect
Goodall, Bekoff draw blueprint for future of human-animal relations
By Clay Evans, Camera Books Editor October 20, 2002

...Recall Mahatma Gandhi's famous assertion that "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."...

In their new book, "The Ten Trusts," famed biologist Jane Goodall and her friend Boulder animal behaviorist (and former University of Colorado faculty member) Marc Bekoff argue effectively that the world is at a crossroads, and now is the time to develop and engender lasting respect for all living things....

By necessity, a book like "The Ten Trusts" makes a graphic, heartrending case concerning the current plight of animals, whether those raised in hideously inhumane factory farms or poached by greedy profiteers in Africa — and the parallel to human suffering is always near.

"I have seen that appeal for help in the eyes of so many suffering creatures," Goodall writes. "An orphan chimp tied up for sale in an African market; an adult male (chimp) looking out from his five-by-five-foot sterile cell in a medical research laboratory; a dog, emaciated and starving, abandoned by her owner on the beach in Dar es Salaam; an elephant chained to a cement floor by one front and one hind foot. I've seen it in the eyes of street children, and those who have seen their families killed in the 'ethnic cleansing' in Burundi."...

But as Bekoff writes: "As big-brained, omnipresent, powerful and supposedly omniscient mammals, we are the most powerful beings on Earth. We really are that powerful, and with that might are inextricably tied innumerable staggering responsibilities to be ethical human beings. We can be no less."