Zitate von Jane Goodall
Geburtstag: 3. April 1934
Dame Jane Goodall, DBE, mit vollem Namen Valerie Jane Goodall , ist eine britische Verhaltensforscherin, die 1960 begann, das Verhalten von Schimpansen im Gombe-Stream-Nationalpark in Tansania zu untersuchen. Um für den Erhalt der Habitate der Primaten und damit für den Schutz ihrer Arten zu werben, gründete sie das Jane-Goodall-Institut, das Behandlung und Verständnis der Primaten durch öffentliche Bildung und rechtliche Vertretung zu verbessern sucht, die Zusammenarbeit mit lokalen Gemeinden stärken will und junge Leute für diese Aufgaben gewinnt und ausbildet.
Goodall ist neben Dian Fossey und Birutė Galdikas eine von drei Frauen, die auf Anregung des Paläontologen Louis Leakey Anfang der 1960er Jahre Langzeitstudien über Menschenaffen begannen. Leakey hoffte, von diesen Verhaltensbeobachtungen Rückschlüsse auf das Verhalten der Vormenschen ziehen zu können.
Zitate Jane Goodall
„Wenn Schimpansen Gewehre und Messer hätten und wüssten, wie man mit ihnen umgeht – sie würden sie benutzen wie der Mensch.“
in Der Spiegel 34/2006 http://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/print/d-48495971.html
„Tausende Menschen die sagen, dass sie Tiere lieben, setzen sich ein- oder zweimal pro Tag hin und geniessen das Fleisch von Geschöpfen, denen alles geraubt wurde, was ihr Leben lebenswert gemacht hätte – und die das furchtbare Leiden und den Terror der Schlachthöfe ertragen mussten – und die Reise dorthin - bevor sie endlich ihre elende Welt verlassen, nur zu oft nach einem schmerzhaften Tod.“
„Someday we shall look back on this dark era of agriculture and shake our heads. How could we have ever believed that it was a good idea to grow our food with poisons?“
Quelle: Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating
„In what terms should we think of these beings, nonhuman yet possessing so very many human-like characteristics? How should we treat them? Surely we should treat them with the same consideration and kindness as we show to other humans; and as we recognize human rights, so too should we recognize the rights of the great apes? Yes.“
"Chimpanzees - Bridging the Gap", in Paola Cavalieri, Peter Singer, The Great Ape Project: Equality Beyond Humanity (1996), p. 14
„The least I can do is speak out for the hundreds of chimpanzees who, right now, sit hunched, miserable and without hope, staring out with dead eyes from their metal prisons. They cannot speak for themselves.“
Reported in Janelle Rohr, Animal rights: opposing viewpoints (1989), p. 100; Jane Goodall and Jennifer Lindsey, Jane Goodall: 40 Years at Gombe (1999), p. 6. Occasionally misreported in truncated form, as "The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves", in, e.g., quote honored on XOEarth eco money http://xoearth.org/jane-goodall/
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„Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don't believe is right.“
Reported in Yolanda Brooks, Do Animals Have Rights? (2008), p. 23
Quelle: Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating
„I think if we study the primates, we notice that a lot of these things that we value in ourselves, such as human morality, have a connection with primate behavior.“
Frans de Waal, in a NOVA interview, " The Bonobo in All of Us" PBS (1 January 2007) http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/nature/bonobo-all-us.html; quotes from this interview were for some time misplaced on this page, which probably generated similar misattributions elsewhere, and the misplacement was not discovered until after this quotation had been selected for Quote of the Day, as a quote of Goodall. Corrections were subsequently made here, during the day the quote was posted as QOTD.
Kontext: I think if we study the primates, we notice that a lot of these things that we value in ourselves, such as human morality, have a connection with primate behavior. This completely changes the perspective, if you start thinking that actually we tap into our biological resources to become moral beings. That gives a completely different view of ourselves than this nasty selfish-gene type view that has been promoted for the last 25 years.
„Thousands of people who say they "love" animals sit down once or twice a day to enjoy the flesh of creatures who have been utterly deprived of everything that could make their lives worth living and who endured the awful suffering and the terror of the abattoirs— and the journey to get there— before finally leaving their miserable world, only too often after a painful death.“
The Ten Trusts (2003), p. xv
„Researchers find it very necessary to keep blinkers on. They don't want to admit that the animals they are working with have feelings.“
" An Interview with Jane Goodall https://web.archive.org/web/20100920074838/http://www.idausa.org:80/essays/goodallinterview.html", In Defense of Animals (date unknown)
Kontext: Researchers find it very necessary to keep blinkers on. They don't want to admit that the animals they are working with have feelings. They don't want to admit that they might have minds and personalities because that would make it quite difficult for them to do what they do; so we find that within the lab communities there is a very strong resistance among the researchers to admitting that animals have minds, personalities and feelings.
„The most important thing is to actually think about what you do. To become aware and actually think about the effect of what you do on the environment and on society. That's key, and that underlies everything else.“
As quoted in Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands (2010) by Cathryn Berger Kaye and Philippe Cousteau, p. 14