"Environmentalism challenges us to think about how we view
and treat the weaker and more pacific beings in our midst, be
they nonhuman or otherwise. It invites us to explore how we want,
on principle, to regard these beings. Are we content to maintain
that a genetically altered creature, or a docile and perhaps even
stupid one, deserves to be morally disdained or abandoned? Do we
believe that a weaker creature is less entitled to justice and
compassion than more vigorous types? Do we suppose that creatures
whose lives we humans have wrecked do not have paramount moral
claims on us?
"Environmentalism has a tendency to blame such victims.
There are implications that ecological sophistication comports
with turning away from them sniffily, like a bored husband, or
Dr. Frankenstein, to things more 'interesting' and grand, like a
mountain or, more aptly, to 'thinking' like one."
Excerpt from Karen Davis, "Clucking Like a
Mountain," part II of Thinking Like a Chicken: Farm Animals and
the Feminine Connection, Animals and Women: Feminist Theoretical