posted on Apr, 17 2005 @ 04:05 AM
I'm sure by now everybody's heard about the dog who was the recipient of a $45,000 stem cell transplant.
How wonderful that his owners loved him that much and were able to afford to do this for him. But what makes some animals worthy of being our
companions and others merely thought of as food?
Geography certainly plays a part in the cultural status of animals. The fact that Koreans like to "chow down" on our beloved cats and dogs is a
great example of this. Likewise, India's one billion inhabitants, many whom are starving, honor cows as sacred.
But even within the cultural norm there are exceptions. "Arnold" the pampered pig on "Green Acres" proved "social climbing" was possible for
some farm animals. Before "factory farms" having a pet chicken, cow or pig on the farm was common.
Most people would never consider eating their pets. How could you? They're part of your family. Then why is it OK to eat theirs?
Protecting and adoring one animal simply because he was fortunate enough to be noticed then condemning the rest of his species to death, is an
unjustifiable double standard.
All of Earths animals are sentient beings deserving of the life God intended for them. God's original plan for man was to be vegetarian. Only after
the flood, as concession to mans sin, did God give him dominion over all living things. This clearly illustrates vegetarianism is the more spiritual
Some of you will argue, why are animals here if not for our use. I would reason, to experience life just like us. How arrogant to assume all of
creation was made solely for our use. It's that rationale that continues to enslave and oppress our fellow man. Until the day when man finally
realizes, "might doesn't make right," there can be no peace.