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Dear Tina,

If morality is simply about helping or hurting, which herbivorous animal do you think is the most moral/altruistic/friendly one? Which one has no intentions of hurting others and will only rarely hurt others in order to help them (like a doctor who cuts people open to operate on them)? Or do all species sometimes have immoral intentions?

I doubt if such an animal exists, but if it does, I would really like to know, please help me if you can. If there is no such animal than I will try to find out if other living beings might qualify or if such animals existed in the past.

Thank you in advance for trying to help me find answers to these questions.   

Kind regards,

Rick

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Hi Rick,

This is a question I have difficulty answering because I'm not a mammal or emotional expert on animals.  What I do know, though, is many herbivores are moral and loving, such as the cow, elephant, horse, gorilla and so many others.  They do not harm for any reason other than fear or cruelty, or perhaps dominance.  But many have gotten close to these animals, in kindness and love and found true friends.

I am not an expert in this field - my expertise lies in animals raised for food - their plight, and about human diet for health.

I suggest you contact Jeffrey Masson or Marc Bekoff - they are truly experts in this field and can give you a much better answer.  

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Tina Volpe

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I can answer almost all questions about animals raised for food... and the horrifying truths of the abuse and torture these animals endure. Also, about the health ramifications of eating animals or their products, i.e. heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and a host of other diseases linked to our diets. Any questions on existing on a plant based diet, solely, raw diet and the health benefits.

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Author of the book “The Fast Food Craze, Wreaking Havoc on Our Bodies and Our Animals” and co-author of the new book, "The Missing Peace, The Hidden Power of our Kinship with Animals". Health researcher, 34 year vegetarian, speaker, educator/consultant, television guest appearing all over the country, radio host of the top rated show “Wake Up America” on GlobalTalk Radio, and published columnist. Now affiliated with PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) as a "Heart Health" speaker, and SPEAK, as a Humane Educator.

Organizations
Mercy for Animals, Compassion over Killing, Friends of Animals, PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) Farm Sanctuary, Animal Acres, Catskill Animal Sanctuary.

Publications
LA Life Magazine, Personal Excellence Magazine, and several other misc. publications.

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See above

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