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Compassion I often offer my time to the Animal Rescue Foundation ARF whether it is working hands on with the animals or helping raise money for the organization I have compassion for these animals that were once neglected or victims of violence in fact it is their suffering that motivates me to help because I share in the pain they feel But the animals at ARF are limited to dogs cats horses and various domesticated animals so what about other animals that humans inflict pain on such as cattle Cattle chicken and other livestock are animals that I regularly consume therefore can I honestly say I agree with Compte-Sponvilles claim that we should have compassion for animals Why do I feel certain animals deserve my compassion while others simply get my pity The only logical outcome I can come to is that I breakdown animals into two different categories Compte-Sponville states to have compassion means to suffer with 103 I know I have felt compassion for animals but only towards certain ones dogs cats horses primates dolphins elephants etc To be honest I feel compassion for most animals insects excluded since they are creatures that lack a brain and a nervous system therefore do not know the concept of pain on any level These animals make up one category a category of special animals The other category is what I would refer to as livestock which consists of cattle chickens turkeys pigs etc These are animals that are raised for the sole purpose of slaughtering and consuming I would like to imagine I feel compassion towards these animals when they are slaughtered but if that were the case then I would not succumb to my carnivorous urges and order a steak The truth of the matter is I eat these animals with no remorse because I feel we as humans are above them We as humans can not relate on an emotional level
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