I don't like irrational arguements. I'm simply trying to point out the hole in your logic. You may not think that I am putting up an arguement but I like to point out the logical inconsistancies that I see in someone elses arguements before I proceed with my own point of view. Perhaps you can satisfy me of your logic or maybe not.James R said:Sounds to me like you're a bit defensive about your meat eating ways.
I agree that there is complexity in the issue. I'd like to know the subtleties of your arguement please.James R said:The argument is more subtle than that. It is not based on a heirarchical ranking of life forms.
Pain is a defense mechanism. Plants have defense mechanisms too. So should anything that tries to keep itself from being killed in any fashion be considered immoral to kill? And (as another subject to add) what do you think about insects? Do you have any particular problem with the killing of insects?James R said:Why not start by asking: "Can this thing I'm killing to eat feel pain?"
It's the natural order of things. As Moonbear has already pointed out we are part of an ecosystem and hold an important place in it. The way that this ecosystem has evolved naturally has made us omnivores.James R said:Tell me: how do you personally JUSTIFY killing animals for food?
Now tell me why you believe that our position in the ecosystem is to protect these animals from death even though it is the natural order of things that has made us omnivores and has lead us to be what we are today?