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LaurieB's Avatar Jump to comment 28 by LaurieB


I always found it disturbing to watch the nature shows where the male lions would come charging in and kill the adorable cubs. The violent chimps were a little too close to home and therefore even more disturbing. But what really choked me was when I read the book Mother Nature, by Sarah Hrdy where she describes in detail infanticide by human females. That was the last straw for me. Although I could pass scornful judgement on lions and chimps, I couldn't fathom why a human female would destroy her own offspring. At that moment, for me, that's when I accepted that we are only apes; only animals; not special.

Tue, 03 Jul 2012 20:06:41 UTC | #948520