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“Murder” on the Serengeti?

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A classic, at NPR:

A new study of violent behavior in more than 1,000 mammal species found the meerkat is the mammal most likely to be murdered by one of its own kind. – Rebecca Hersher (September 28, 2016)

Murdered? When and where did a meerkat stand trial for murder?

To be clear, the study’s authors did not set out to prove (or disprove) a theory of meerkat violence; they were investigating what mammalian data might tell us about humans. But Ed Yong at The Atlantic organized the study’s exhaustive list of mammals to make this helpful chart ranking animals by their murderousness. – Rebecca Hersher (September 28, 2016)

Could someone please post the Meerkat Ten Commandments? Ten Suggestions even?

All this rhetorical obfuscation is mainly in aid of denigrating humans and the outcome will not be fortunate for humans or meerkats.

You may also wish to read: Can Animals Be Held Criminally Responsible for Their Acts? While the idea is handled provocatively in philosophy literature, in practice, animals are envisioned as plaintiffs, not defendants, in animal rights cases.

Hat tip: Ken Francis, co-author with Theodore Dalrymple of The Terror of Existence: From Ecclesiastes to Theatre of the Absurd

One Reply to ““Murder” on the Serengeti?

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    asauber says:

    “All this rhetorical obfuscation”

    It’s almost everywhere words are used.


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