Circles of Compassion
An Animal Rights Article from All-Creatures.org

FROM

Anteneh Roba, MD, International Fund for Africa (IFA)
December 2014

Through this chapter, Dr. Roba makes the larger point that we cannot disassociate our maltreatment of animals from our mistreatment of human beings. He points to the extensive exploitation of animals that continues today to the detriment of humans as well as to so many non-human beings.

circles of compassion

The new book Circles of Compassion features a chapter contribution by Anteneh Roba, co-founder and president of IFA ("Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.")  [The book is edited by Will Tuttle, author of World Peace Diet.]

Dr. Roba's chapter takes its title from a quote by Martin Luther King, Jr., who in his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" stated that "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Drawing from his experiences visiting the Elmina Castile in Ghana on the Gold Coast of Africa, Dr. Roba describes this trading post used by slave traders for years as they exchanged human beings for money.

Dr. Roba tells a powerful story of his own experience as a tourist guided through the castle and confronted with the terrible reality that those who lived in its dungeons often died there or were otherwise sold into a lifetime of slavery.

Through this chapter, Dr. Roba makes the larger point that we cannot disassociate our maltreatment of animals from our mistreatment of human beings. He points to the extensive exploitation of animals that continues today to the detriment of humans as well as to so many non-human beings. Only through compassion of all beings on earth, Dr Roba explains, can we halt violence and prevent its further spread. 

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What is the link between compassion for animals, social justice, and harmony in our human world? This book consists of a series of essays by internationally recognized authors and activists. These insightful and inspiring essays focus on how the seemingly disparate issues of human, animal, and environmental rights are indeed connected. Illuminating the connections between injustice to animals and the various forms of social and ecological injustice, these thirty authors provide essential keys to effectively addressing the hidden roots of our dilemmas. The essays also provide practical guidance about how to make the individual, systemic, and social changes necessary to effectively create a peaceful and just world for all. This landmark book provides a crucial impetus for us to break through our confining delusions, build bridges of understanding, and awaken from the cultural trance of indifference and inequity. 


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