Date: January 3rd, 2012

On New Years Day the New York Times gave us a heartening article about the health benefits and growing popularity of vegan diets. Today, Tuesday January 3, the paper includes an article, by James Gorman, on the burgeoning field of animal studies, now being taught at top colleges throughout the nation. The article is titled: "Animal Studies Cross Campus to Lecture Hall."

Gorman writes that some scholars have suggested it is time to get past "the humanities":

"The field builds partly on a long history of scientific research that has blurred the once-sharp distinction between humans and other animals. Other species have been shown to have aspects of language, tool use, even the roots of morality. It also grows out of a field called cultural studies, in which the academy has turned its attention over the years to ignored and marginalized humans.

"Some scholars now ask: Why stop there? Why honor the uncertain boundary that separates one species from all others? Is it time for a Shakespearean stage direction: Exit the humanities, pursued by a bear? Not quite yet, although some scholars have suggested it is time to move on to the post-humanities."

You'll find the full article on line at http://tinyurl.com/6s2v62d

I send thanks to activist Batya Bauman for making sure we saw it.

Let's keep the discussion alive in the New York Times with supportive letters to the editor. The New York Times takes letters at letters@nytimes.com

Always include your full name, address, and daytime phone number when sending a letter to the editor. Remember that shorter letters are more likely to be published.

Yours and the animals',
Karen Dawn

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