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Jane van Lawick-Goodall

Datum narození: 3. duben 1934

Valerie Jane Morris Goodallová je anglická bioložka zabývající se výzkumem primátů - zejména šimpanzů.

Již v mládí se zajímala o zvířata. Po ukončení studií krátce pracovala na Oxfordské univerzitě a ve svých 23 letech odcestovala na pozvání svého přítele do Keni.

Začala zde pracovat spolu se slavným primatologem Louisem Leakeyem. Ten rozvinul její zájem o šimpanze a podpořil ji při jejím rozhodnutí studovat tato zvířata ve volné přírodě v Národním parku Gombe v Tanzánii. Během doby udělala mnoho objevů - zjistila například, že šimpanzi používají nástroje, že dokážou projevovat své emoce a že jsou masožravci, ale také např. to, že se mezi sebou vraždí. Šimpanze v Gombe studovala 45 let a získala si tak světovou pověst jako odborník na chování primátů.

Jane Goodallová napsala několik knih a v roce 1977 založila The Jane Goodall Institute, jehož cílem je výzkum, vzdělávání a ochrana divoké přírody.

Jane Goodallová i ve svém věku stále cestuje po celém světě a s nadšením se dělí o své cenné životní zkušenosti.


„Tisíce lidí, kteří se pokládají za milovníky zvířat, zasedají několikrát denně ke stolu, aby si vychutnali maso tvorů, kterým byla nejprve odepřena možnost radovat se ze života a kteří posléze podstoupili děsivé utrpení a hrůzy na jatkách.“

„Jen když porozumíme, probudí se v nás zájem.
Jen když se v nás probudí zájem, můžeme pomoci.
Jen když pomůžeme, dočkáme se všichni záchrany.“


„What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.“

„The greatest danger to our future is apathy.“

„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.“

„You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.“

„We have the choice to use the gift of our life to make the world a better place--or not to bother“

„Only if we understand, can we care. Only if we care, we will help. Only if we help, we shall be saved.“ Jane Goodall: 40 Years at Gombe


„The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves.“

„Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don't believe is right.“

„Michael Pollan likens consumer choices to pulling single threads out of a garment. We pull a thread from the garment when we refuse to purchase eggs or meat from birds who were raised in confinement, whose beaks were clipped so they could never once taste their natural diet of worms and insects. We pull out a thread when we refuse to bring home a hormone-fattened turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. We pull a thread when we refuse to buy meat or dairy products from cows who were never allowed to chew grass, or breathe fresh air, or feel the warm sun on their backs.
The more threads we pull, the more difficult it is for the industry to stay intact. You demand eggs and meat without hormones, and the industry will have to figure out how it can raise farm animals without them. Let the animals graze outside and it slows production. Eventually the whole thing will have to unravel.
If the factory farm does indeed unravel - and it must - then there is hope that we can, gradually, reverse the environmental damage it has caused. Once the animal feed operations have gone and livestock are once again able to graze, there will be a massive reduction in the agricultural chemicals currently used to grow grain for animals. And eventually, the horrendous contamination caused by animal waste can be cleaned up. None of this will be easy.
The hardest part of returning to a truly healthy environment may be changing the current totally unsustainable heavy-meat-eating culture of increasing numbers of people around the world. But we must try. We must make a start, one by one.“
Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating

„We have so far to go to realize our human potential for compassion, altruism, and love.“ Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating


„One thing I had learned from watching chimpanzees with their infants is that having a child should be fun.“

„A sense of calm came over me. More and more often I found myself thinking, "This is where I belong. This is what I came into this world to do.“

„Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.“

„Farm animals are far more aware and intelligent than we ever imagined and, despite having been bred as domestic slaves, they are individual beings in their own right. As such, they deserve our respect. And our help. Who will plead for them if we are silent? Thousands of people who say they ‘love’ animals sit down once or twice a day to enjoy the flesh of creatures who have been treated so with little respect and kindness just to make more meat.“

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