"Chickens socialize successfully with a variety of other species and form bonds of interspecies affection and communication, but they are not failed or inferior humans. If chickens or any other adult animals thought and acted like toddlers or even teenagers, the species would not survive. An adult chicken raising her chicks does not think like a child, but like a mother hen — in which respect there is continuity between her and all other attentive and doting mothers of all species. We need to suppress our impulse to patronize the rest of the living world as inferior to ourselves, and to stop torturing and murdering them to find out what is inside their heads. Other animals are not lesser beings, and chickens are neither voiceless nor stupid. Let us learn to respect other animals by perceiving them justly, and teach others to do the same."
"Can one regard a fellow creature as a property item, an investment, a piece of meat, an ‘it,’ without degenerating into cruelty towards that creature?"