Actually, being a vegetarian/vegan means that fewer plants die than if you are a non-veg* since the animals in the meat and dairy industries eat a *lot* of plants.
That's a very simple justification: If I killed 100 people and you killed a 1000, there's not much moral difference between us, we've both still killed.
I've heard of people who take this to the extreme, only eating fruit that's fallen from trees, discarding the seeds. I think they could justify this position, but an average vegetarian/vegan has still killed a living collection of cells because of a belief about it's consciousness.
Second, we humans have the intellectual capacity to do reason about the question if we should exploit other living beings.
We plant seeds and grow gardens just like we raise cows and chickens and goats
All women are technically equipped to be prostitutues, but this doesn't mean that all women should be prostitutes, at least not as I see it.
WHAT??? I'm apparently not that experienced with women because I never noticed that they naturally had a change purse growing off of them to accept money for sex. That would be what it takes to be "equipped to be prostitutes". What I'm hoping you meant was all women are technically equipped to be promiscuous (as are all men).
How would you counter a nationalsocialist who says that aryans only have a responsibility to members of the arayan race, and that killing people of other races is more or less ok? As I see it, he uses the same kind of argument as you do.
Okay so if we now hold ALL ANIMALS to this level of worth and reason as us then every animal that kills another animal goes to jail... right? When a squirrel steals bird seed from my feeder even after I've chased him off I should call the cops and have them arrest the squirrel. When I see a stray cat on the side of the street I should toss a quarter and say "Get A Job, ya bum"? Oh and by the way You Lose
So, if my survival depends on me killing you, would you think it was ok of me to try to kill you?
What if killing you would increase my breeding capabilities, would that justify the killing?
Probably not, which may be why no other animals do it just for that.
My ass. It's code, with pictures of fish attached. Get over it. --trhurler
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