Jane Goodall, the inspirational primatologist who is credited for her efforts in the field of chimpanzee research and protection, recently turned 80. But age isn’t holding this chica down, she continues to lecture all over the world and recently released a new book, Seeds of Hope.
I recently ran across an interview with Goodall and was moved by her answer to what working with chimpanzees taught her about life. She said, “:…we humans are not the only beings on the planet with personalities, minds capable of rational thought, and above all, emotions. Now we know many other animals have intellectual capabilities once thought unique to us”.
Then later when asked about how people should treat the environment, she responded “…animals need us to respect them. The way we abuse them is so terrible. The billions of animals raised for food around the world—this process is destroying the planet. Vast areas of forest are cut down to make space for growing grain, or grazing. Vast amounts of methane gases are produced—a worse greenhouse gas than C02”.
Powerful words from an inspirational woman!