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The Difference Between a Dog and a Cow

Owner roasts family pet in barbecue

(via veganpeople)

OK, given my views on eating animals, I'm not entirely unbiased about this one, but this just shouts double standards!

How is it more acceptable to eat a cow/pig/chicken/sheep/etc than a dog?

Of course, sentimentality is clearly a good measure for deservingness of life, isn't it? Following on those lines, perhaps, when we get short of food, we should start by eating the person with the least friends and work from there?

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elynne
16th Aug, 2009 19:16 (UTC)
I can't bring myself to click the link, because I have this thing about cruelty to animals, and the headline doesn't tell me if the dog was alive or dead before it was put in the BBQ. :(

I have the luxury of having pets, carnivorous pets even; I have the luxury of spending money and attention on them, and in return I develop a strong sentimental bond with them. On the other hand - they, like all animals, are made of meat. If I was starving, and all I had to eat was one of my cats... I would be very sad, I would try to make sure the cat didn't suffer, and I'd eat it.

For that matter, I'm made of meat, too. One of my housemates wants to be roasted and served at her own wake; pity that there's all those annoying laws not allowing us to do it. I personally don't care what's done to me after I'm dead, though my favorite option is a wood chipper. *bzzt*
hmmm_tea
16th Aug, 2009 20:26 (UTC)
They killed it before hand. The main jist of the article is about that in fact. The court ruled that they'd killed the dog ethically it doesn't count as cruelty and the local animal welfare group aren't happy about it.

To be honest, I wouldn't mind if I was eaten once I was dead, as long as I wasn't killed for that reason. Then again, I'm also on the donor register, so I would like to think they got priority over bits of me first.

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