I posted this reply to a Facebook-poster with this claim.
hear arguments like that all days, so I am not amused. Anyways, that
argument is as illogical as all other arguments that try to justify the
consumption of animal products.
If everyone ate a plant-based diet, the food would suffice for everyone, both human and nonhuman animals: http://www.drmcdougall.com/video/expert_testimonies_oppenlander.htm
person eating animal products is in total consuming more plants, since
he/she is eating animals that are eating plenty of plants (e.g. a cow
eats more than 10 times more than a human). If animals do have a moral
value, we are not morally justified to use them, including not to
Please consider this:
details of the charges claim that Vick sponsored illegal dog fighting,
gambled on dog fights and permitted acts of cruelty against animals on
his property. The talk shows have been filled with talking heads from
the "humane community" condemning dog fighting and calling for Vick to
be punished. Nike and Reebok have suspended products endorsed by Vick.
Please let me be very clear from the outset: I think that dog fighting is a terrible thing.
But I must say that the Vick case rather dramatically demonstrates what I call our "moral schizophrenia" about animals.
That is, if one thing is clear, it is that we do not think clearly about our moral obligations to animals.
this country alone, we kill more than 10 billion land animals annually
for food. The animals we eat suffer as much as the dogs that are used in
is no "need" for us to eat meat, dairy or eggs. Indeed, these foods are
increasingly linked to various human diseases and animal agriculture is
an environmental disaster for the planet. We impose pain, suffering and
death on these billions of sentient nonhumans because we enjoy eating
their flesh and the products that we make from them.
is something bizarre about condemning Michael Vick for using dogs in a
hideous form of entertainment when 99 percent of us also use animals
that are every bit as sentient as dogs in another hideous form of
entertainment that is no more justifiable than fighting dogs: eating
animals and animal products."
What do you think?