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Actions speak louder than words – our responsibility as consumers

November 3, 2014

There's an Elephant in the Room blog

Aubrey and Gioia Aubrey and her baby Gioia, safe at Willowite Animal Sanctuary Copyright Pete Crosbie

The things we say

All my life, I’ve heard people say, ‘I don’t believe in cruelty to animals’ and ‘I love animals’. They’re like mantras. It’s what people say to each other to reassure themselves and others that they’re good, kind people. I used to recite the same mantras myself not so very long ago which is how I know that what I’m about to say is true.

They are each an automatic utterance that bypasses any conscious awareness of action or consequence. It’s like saying ‘good morning’; it’s not tied into our thoughts or intentions, its simply a pleasantry, a social nicety. When we say ‘good morning’, we don’t consciously mean that anything about the morning is particularly ‘good’ or that we intend to take some sort of action that will result in the morning being ‘good’ to our audience.

The same is…

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