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Subject:  Re: OTish: what sort of scum shoots an elephant. Date:  2/8/2013  1:26 PM
Author:  xLife Number:  1858530 of 2210427

We kill animals all the time for our enjoyment. Nobody HAS to eat meat, and pigs are quite intelligent animals, too.

I don't think somebody who enjoys eating bacon is in a moral position to criticize someone who enjoys shooting elephants.

As usual, it depends on the circumstances. Elephants are a whole lot more rare than pigs. And pigs are raised for food. In other words, most pigs wouldn't even exist were they not a human food source. Being food is their purpose.

Culling elephant herds or killing elephants to protect fauna and crops is one thing. Poaching is another.

Unless you're a vegetarian, I think your position lacks consistency.

The history, politics and ethics of meat are pretty interesting. Humans are omnivores and have been hunting forever. The modern meat industry ain't hunting though.

An interesting book of a friend's journey from vegan to hunter.
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