The maternal instinct
Despite our desperate attempt to remove ourselves from our non-human brethren, we are animals, and we have a lot more animal instincts than we like to admit. Every woman will tell you that her drive to protect her young—what we call maternal instinct—is pure and fierce and real. We even call it an instinct—the maternal instinct. Any right-minded person would agree that this instinct exists in ALL animals. If we know this to be true, then how can we so arrogantly deny animals their desire to fulfill that very basic, fierce, real, powerful instinct?
~ Colleen Patrick-Goudreau (July 31, 2007)