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« Reply #15 on: October 20, 2008, 12:30:38 PM »

What is a humane time to wait before killing an animal? Assuming they are raised for that purpose. Is killing baby animals worse that killing adults? Why?

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Maybe one of the main differences between us and other animals is that we get more emotionally involved with our food...

BTW, I regularly have two unborn chickens for breakfast. Am I evil? Cheesy
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« Reply #16 on: October 20, 2008, 13:39:27 PM »

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I guess that would depend on your views on animal abortions Grin
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« Reply #17 on: October 20, 2008, 16:09:02 PM »

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I have no problems with animals eating each other. Animals do not have a choice of whether to eat each other. We on the other hand can easily adapt to a vegetarian diet, that's one of our strengths that has allowed our species to survive

Umm, humans ARE animals.


Sure but we are different in that we can choose to not eat animals unlike other animals. Eating meat may have given us an evolutionary advantage, it is no longer required. Religous beliefs may have given us an advantage, they are no longer required.

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« Reply #18 on: October 20, 2008, 16:12:46 PM »

BTW, I regularly have two unborn chickens for breakfast. Am I evil? Cheesy

Not if they are free range  Tongue
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« Reply #19 on: October 20, 2008, 16:33:01 PM »

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Sure but we are different in that we can choose to not eat animals unlike other animals. Eating meat may have given us an evolutionary advantage, it is no longer required. Religous beliefs may have given us an advantage, they are no longer required.

I knew what you were getting at, I was just being facetious.
The difference is, humans evolved to become omnivores.  Going vegetarian is not due to evolutionary changes, but is a conscious choice.  Granted, we evolved the large brain which made this choice possible on several levels, but that is a discussion on it's own. 
I respect anyone's decision to be vegetarian based on moral issues, but considering the carnage in the rest of the animal kingdom, I think humans are quite humane.
In any case, the world is what it is, and until they can come up with a soy burger that doesn't taste like crap, I doubt we're going to see much change in eating habits.
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« Reply #20 on: October 20, 2008, 16:38:27 PM »

RE: previous post
I meant the humane part as a generalization not as an absolute.
I figure everyone would know that but considering the way we treat other humans (much less other animals) sometimes it is obvious this is not a universal rule.
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