photos by gerry ellis from the david sheldrick wildlife trust, a nursery and orphanage for elephants in kenya’s tsavo east national park. here, fifty five keepers are charged with being around the clock parents to an elephant. the elephants, however, are the ones who chose their caretakers; it is the keepers who must ingratiate themselves to the elephants and earn their trust.
when elephants first arrive at the orphanage they are often traumatized from having witnessed the slaughter of their mothers and family by poachers. grieving can last several months, and they often lose the will to live. but as dame daphne sheldrick, founder of the orphanage, explains, a caretaker is charged with “persuading an elephant to live when it wants to die.”
approximately 35,000 elephants are killed by humans every year. with an estimated 350,000 elephants left in the whole continent of africa, they will be gone in the wild within ten years.
cbc’s the nature of things did a program on the elephants and their caretakers. you can foster an elephant with the david sheldrick wildlife trust online here. for more on the emotional lives of elephants, as well as the david sheldrick wildlife trust and other human efforts to save them, check out these posts
Fetuses are children
It’s a fetus until birth. At birth, it becomes sentient.
Children are sentient, conscious, subjective and bodily autonomous people. Fetuses are not.
We need to worry about the born children who are suffering now, rather than worrying about fetuses that don’t have the capacity to suffer.
Fetuses suffer just as much as people after birth do when you kill them, they feel pain, they know what’s happening
That’s absolute hogwash fed to you by pro-life liars and biased doctors who “fudged” numbers, and that’s giving them credit.
Fetuses don’t feel pain until the third trimester, if that. It’s highly likely they can’t feel pain because they are a) unconscious (yes, hey become conscious at birth) and b) the uterus probably keeps them anesthetized until birth.
Most abortions happen in the first trimester.
Have some UNBIASED information!
x - Journal of the American Medical Association on fetal pain.
x - Brain Review: The Importance of Awareness for Understanding Fetal Pain
x - The Emergence of Human Consciousness
x - Fetuses don’t have the ability to differentiate between sensation and pain until the 35th week.
x - Fetal Pain is Horse Hockey: The Study
x - Whole Freakin’ WIki on Fetal Pain, and they cite all the research that the fetus, is likely, to be anesthetized until birth.
TL;DR You’re misinformed and wrong.
just saw an anti violence campagn that said “real men don’t hit women” like???? yes. yes they do. those are real men doing those things, and that’s why i don’t trust them. stop appealing to men’s fragile masculinity in order to coerce them into being decent human beings 2k14.