Originally Posted by ElaineV
The US is only one part of the world but calling it "a tiny part" is outrageously inaccurate. The US is a world leader and trends that happen in the US tend to follow suit in other places too.
But as far as animal rights goes, the US has a long ways to go and is far behind many other nations. For example, China just recently outlawed animal circuses. Other nations have outlawed animal circuses, zoos, bullfighting, and other firms of cruel entertainment.
Some studies indicate that the number of vegans, vegetarians, and meat-reducers is growing both in the US and in the UK, which suggests that this group of conscientious eaters might also be growing elsewhere.
Please see the 2 links I provided above about how the overall trend through history has been leaning towards peace, compassion, empathy for others. That suggests animals will eventually be included in our thoughts about peace and justice.
Actually though the US is a world leader, we are still a very small part of the world, our population is aprox 320 million out of 6 billion, heck China currently has a standing army of 200 million people. We are just a drop in the bucket in regards to overall population and culture on this planet.
As to violence, there are many factors which your links don't seem to take into account, but even then they are wrong. Since WW2 off the top of my head there have been violent upheavals all over the world; China killing millions of it's own people, Soviet Union killing at least 20 million of it's own people, Vietnam both France and US, Korean War, Cambodia, India vs Pakistan, India and China, China and Vietnam, Russia and Georga, Bosnia, Dufar, Seven Day War, Yom Kipper War, Iran vs Iraq, the ongoing drug wars around the world and violence associated with them, IRA vs England, Cuba, and numerous wars and border incidents in South and Central America, as well as Africa and Asia.
We are not less violent as a species, it's only the western nations that have deluded themselves into that belief.
The same is true with animals. Kindness to animals, dogs, cats, etc is primarly a western concept. Yeah there are some cultures that consider certain animals to be sacred but for the most part that is rare not the norm.
Just because they have outlawed certain acts in no way demonstrates a sign of more compassin over all in regards to animals, that's an illusion.
Even in this country despite the dramatic decline in dogs and cats killed every yr in shelters over the last decade, we still have millions that are killed every yr, not to mention those abused for whatever reason in a domestic setting.
If you really believe that we are becoming more compassionate as a species you are deluding yourself, we have changed in thousands of yrs, only our toys have changed.