- Jan 9, 2012
- Roger Yates
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Genuine Question: Do Vegans get upset at the idea of wild animals eating other animals?
If so, why?
If not, why are humans any different?
I'm not a Vegan, just a veggi, but that's because I give human feelings to animals, as my mother used to yell at me when I refused to eat meat "animals don't have human feelings. The mother's lamb is not hanging herself in the shed because someone is eating her baby". Just made me worse.
What in the name of God is a 'transhumanist philosopher'?There is a "transhumanist philosopher," David Pearce, who does get upset by that, yes - THIS is a podcast he did.
Most animal advocates, on the other hand, would differentiate between "moral agents" and "moral patients." This is what marks humans out as different on this issue - most of us (but not all by any means) are regarded as moral agents who have the ability to think rationally and ethically.
Furthermore, obligate carnivores must eat other animals, whereas humans are most likely to be natural herbivores - see HERE - although we are also regarded as "cultural omnivores."
Cognitive ethologists are discovering that other animals have some forms of morality at work in their societies. I guess that is an example of Darwin's idea that human differ from other animals in degree and not in kind.
It is unlikely, although we would stop breeding them (which now-a-days is done by artificial insemination, before farmers would employ what they called the "rape rack.")Would veganism spell the end for animals such as pigs?