- Video: “Sirens of the Lambs”
- Willful Blindness, part 3
- This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman
1. Video: “Sirens of the Lambs”
Watch this clever video
that, bloodlessly, publicizes the horror of animal agribusiness:
Sirens of the Lambs
Blindness, part 3
Last week I discussed the Milgram
experiments, in which subjects persisted in delivering what they
thought were severe electric shocks to a person who was acting as if
they were very painful. The subjects could have stopped the experiment
at any time, but the experimenter insisted that they go on, and most
did. Skeptics argued that the subjects might have suspected that the
person “receiving” the shocks was actually acting. Perhaps subjects
continued because they knew they weren’t harming anyone.
test this possibility, researchers had 13 men and 13 women deliver
actual shocks to a “cute fluffy puppy.” At the lowest shock levels,
the puppy moved feet and occasionally barked. The second shock levels
resulted in the puppy running and barking, and at the third level the
puppy howled and barked. Though subjects could have stopped shocking
the puppy at any time, most of the men and all of the women delivered
the maximum shocks.
An interesting aspect of the Milgram
experiments is that, just as subjects deferred to the researcher’s
instructions, researchers deferred to science and the scientific
method as their guide to perform experiments that were very traumatic
for unsuspecting volunteers. During the experiment, many subjects were
clearly distressed as they delivered what they thought were painful
shocks. Subsequent to the experiment, many subjects struggled to come
to terms with what they had done. I know of one subject who was deeply
traumatized by the experience.
As one might expect, if
researchers are willing to subject humans to such an experience, they
would not shy away from subjecting a nonhuman person to misery.
Indeed, as vivisection goes the experiment on the puppy was less
traumatic than most. I think, among other things, the Milgram
experiments illustrate that human and nonhuman victimization go
Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.
3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and
Protecting Creation from Harm