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So its a late night again working on a job and I find some vegan podcasters I have never listened to before and tune in to their 83rd episode. There is always a moment when listening to animal rights podcasts that I know I will be hearing a gut wrenching story that makes me wish I could erase it from my memory...sometimes I turn the volume down low so I can't quite understand what they are saying, but this time I didn't. (Ignorance can be such bliss, but does it harden us to atrocities?)
Anyway, they interviewed JoAnne McArthur and she told them how she met a bear that had been used to harvest his bile and when he longer had good bile they cut off his paws to make a soup with them...a delicacy in that region I believe. Anyway, what amazed Joanne about this bear who had eventually been rescued, was that he seemed to not only enjoy the company of humans, but preferred them over the other bears. She said he even tried to hug her in spite of having no paws.
After I cried and cursed humans I stopped working on my latest project to illustrate this tale of cruelty and the awe inspiring ability of this bear to still trust people in spite of us not deserving it. We humans like to talk about our humanity, but it seems to me animals are capable of not only more 'humanity', but are also able to forgive us humans for the atrocities we inflict on them.
My rescue greyhound, Georgia, is like that. In spite of having been commodified by humans she greets every person she encounters (whether they like it or not) with such joy and enthusiasm and will wrap her thin head around their legs in a kind of 'hug'.