posted on Mar, 4 2011 @ 10:43 PM
reply to post by Sherlock Holmes
reply to post by MannequinCircus
I'm an animal lover, I couldn't even watch the clip of the owl, but having a central nervous system is (IMO) not a good enough reason not to consume
that life form over a life form without a central nervous system, for two reasons:
1)Most animals that humans slaughter for food would typically experience a more violent and painful end to their life in the wild.
2)Nearly all animals that are consumed by humans are given the gift of life by humans. If we didn't need to eat them, most would never have been
born. If you eat free range meats then IMO a few seconds (or less) of pain in exchange for the length of life they lived is much better than no pain
but also no life.
Originally posted by Sherlock Holmes
Taken to its logical conclusion, then it can be argued that it is acceptable to eat other humans.
As you can see by my above argument, neither applies to humans, therefore it remains unacceptable to eat humans.
Do you get as upset at somebody mowing their lawn, weeding, or pulling petals off a flower as you do about someone killing or torturing an
animal ? If not, then why not ? After all, they are all living things that are being tortured or killed.
Death is a necessary part of life. They go together like yin and yang. The lawn cannot exist without old cells being killed to make room for new
cells. (Sure, grass is not mown in the wild but it wouldn't exist at all in our yards if we didn't need something neat to cover our dirt). The weeds
are killed to make room for lawn (because that is our preference to look at). A person (in most cases a child) pulling petals off a flower is one of
the best ways the flower can experience itself (if you believe the flower and the person are the same entity behind the scenes, which I do, but
that's a pretty lengthy explanation).
If you don't consider the act of needlessly uprooting and killing plants anywhere the same level as someone doing the same to animals, then
why don't you feel the same way about necessarily killing plants rather than animals ?
I consider needlessly
uprooting and killing plants to be wrong. Needlessly harming animals (in a way in which they are not instantly or quickly
killed) is worse because they must experience prolonged suffering.