Last night, I hosted this discussion on the economic impacts of the CV-19 crisis on ASIA. Guests included VIN NARAYANAN and GARETH EDWARDS. Both guests have lived in parts of Asia, have close ties to several hot spots, and travel extensively in the region — so they are ideally suited to provide an update and also offer some predictions.
Is China to Blame?
The Situation in Hong Kong
Is Australia the Next Italy?
What Did South Korea Do RIght?
India — Panic?
Chances of a Phase 2, Even Worse?
Impact on Macau
Duration: 1 Hour, 20 minutes. Recorded on March 27, 2020.
On the scale of issues most important to voters, animal rights probably ranks somewhere near the bottom.
Animals don’t vote. So why would our furry friends be a topic of political discussion? Why would any candidate have a stated position on animals? Answer: Because it’s the right thing to do.
For me, one of the benchmarks of a person’s character is how they view and treat animals. This viewpoint is non-negotiable. I believe our treatment of animals represents the ultimate manifestation of human empathy. There’s nothing tangible to gain from being kind to an animal, so kindness is truly an act of sincere compassion. In fact, one could argue in a very primordial sense that animals fuel humankind’s most selfish needs and desires. It’s even counter-intuitive to have affection for most animals. After all, from our earliest times, animals have been used for transportation, strength, security, entertainment, and of course, food. Many are a nuisance. Some are even dangerous. Advancing their rights generally requires severing that traditional relationship between man and beast and demands an adjustment of how we view other creatures.